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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, Washington, DC.


Your copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register with all the pilots' signatures and helpful cross-references to pilots and their aircraft is available at the link. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.


For a great read, see also: Jessen, Gene Nora. 2002. The Powder Puff Derby of 1929. Sourcebooks, Inc. Naperville, IL. 296 pp.


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Registration Number NC8058

Powder Puff Derby, 1929

This aircraft is a Spartan C-3, S/N 85 manufactured December 22, 1928 by the Spartan Aircraft Company, Inc. of Tulsa, OK. It had a 120 HP Walter 9 cylinder radial engine installed, S/N 11026. It weighed 2,191 pounds in three-seat configuration.

It sold on December 21, 1928 to Roy A. Westbrook of Fort Worth, TX. In a confusing bit of sleight of hand, it was sold on April 4, 1929 to Margaret Perry of Beverly Hills, CA and almost simultaneously, on May 28, 1929 it was bought back by the Spartan Aircraft Co. for $5,250. It was designated race #11 and flown by Ms. Perry in the Women’s Air Derby during the Los Angeles to Cleveland Air Races, which began on August 17, 1929. Unfortunately, she became ill and dropped out of the race in Abilene, TX (see this link).

Coincidentally, her husband (or soon to be husband), Larry Cooper, was flying from Cleveland to Los Angeles near the time of the Race and landed at Tucson.

We find NC8058 at Tucson Friday April 5, 1929 piloted by Margaret Perry with passenger Ray Theis. They were inbound from Tulsa, headed for Los Angeles, CA, probably bringing the airplane to California from the factory. After the Derby, the airplane sold to the Spartan School of Aeronautics, Inc., Tulsa, OK (the link gets you a PDF download of the Spartan School advertising brochure for 1930). It suffered an accident at Sapulpa, OK on December 22, 1929 when, “fast landing caused plane to roll off runway, plane nosed over.” It was repaired and remained with Spartan until October 6, 1933 when it was sold to the Mexican government. Its U.S. registration was cancelled February 15, 1934.


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