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Some of this information comes from the listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed aircraft reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


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This airplane was serial number 177. It was manufactured September 1, 1928 by B.F. Mahoney Aircraft Corporation in San Diego, CA. It wasn't yet a year old before we find it landing at Tucson, Friday, April 5, 1929 at 3:00PM. It was flown by Bob Starkey carrying one unidentified passenger. Based at Los Angeles, CA, they were eastbound from Los Angeles to Brownsville, TX. No reason was given in the Register for their flight.

NC7729was initially licensed by the manufacturer. They sold it to the American Aircraft Corporation of Los Angeles on April 3, 1929, just two days before its passage through Tucson. Pilot Starkey was probably ferrying the airplane to its new owners on behalf of American Aircraft.

The NASM record states that, as of March 10, 1930, NC7729 was owned and operated in Mexico by Corporacion Aeronautica de Transportes, S.A. in Torreon. No further information.


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