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BACH 3-CT-8 NC8069

NC8069 is a Bach 3-CT-8. It was equipped with one P&W Wasp, and two Wright R-760 engines. It landed at Tucson on July 27, 1929 flown by pilot Louis Goldsmith. He and his three passengers were southbound from Los Angeles, CA to Nogales, AZ. They remained overnight at Tucson and headed south to Nogales the next morning, which was a Sunday, at 9:15 AM.

NC8069 Bach 3-CT-8
Bach 3-CT-8 NC8069

The airplane is in Pickwick Airways livery in this photograph. Pickwick began business in March 1929 with flights between Los Angeles and San Diego. Within the following six-months it operated to San Francisco, and opened a route to Mexico City. With the deepening Depression, Pickwick went out of business during the spring of 1930, lasting only about a year. Before that, though, we find 8069 flown by another Register pilot, Elmer C. McLeod. Follow the link to view one of McLeod's flight log books that records many flights with this airplane.

Below, from friend of, John Underwood, two photographs of NC8069 in Gilpin Air Lines livery. The location of the top image, from the Art Deco design of the tower behind the airplane, is Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale, CA. Note the engines running.

Bach NC8069, Gilpin Airlines, Glendale, CA, Date Unknown (Source: Underwood)
Bach NC8069, Gilpin Airlines, Glendale, CA, Date Unknown (Source: Underwood)

Gilpin Airlines was owned and operated by Register pilot C.W. "Bill" Gilpin. Please direct your browser to his link to learn about his operation, and to view images of some of the other aircraft in Gilpin Airlines' fleet. Since Gilpin began operations in 1930, these photographs can be dated after the one at top.

Below, the same livery, but notice that "G&G SHIP ..." is not present under the starboard wing. This photograph, then, was probably taken after, perhaps even after the operation moved to Tucson. See Gilpin's link for details.

Bach NC8069, Gilpin Airlines, Location & Date Unknown (Source: Underwood)
Bach NC8069, Gilpin Airlines, Location & Date Unknown (Source: Underwood)


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 09/30/07 REVISED: 03/24/09, 03/10/10

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