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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.


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Registration Number NC8445

Flown By Racer And Record Setter

This aircraft is a Stinson S (Junior?), manufacturer’s serial number 8007 (ATC #423). It was manufactured May 1931 by Stinson Aircraft Corporation, Wayne, MI. It left the factory with a 215 HP Lycoming R-680 engine, S/N 532. As a four-place aircraft, it weighed 3,265 pounds. It landed five times at Tucson.

It was sold on May 29, 1931 to Stinson-California Co., United Airport, Burbank, CA, who sold it on July 14, 1931 to Edith Boydston Clark of Los Angeles. A quick Google of Ms. Clark brought up a 1936 lawsuit brought to her by her sister, which is irrelevant to this discussion.

We first see NC8455 at Davis-Monthan Airfield between August 21 and August 23, 1931 piloted by Pete Rinehart (see this link for a picture of him) and this one for a contemporary Time Magazine article) carrying Ms. Clark as passenger. They were westbound from Marfa, TX to Los Angeles. The second visit by the airplane was on September 11, 1931 piloted again by Rinehart carrying two unidentified passengers. They were westbound from Roswell, NM to Los Angeles.

Clark sold the airplane on September 25, 1931 to Roland B. "Pete" Rinehart of Clover Field, Santa Monica, CA with 290 flight hours. The third visit to Tucson was on November 12, 1931, again piloted by Pete Rinehart carrying two passengers, Pop Ludwig and C. Towns. They were eastbound from Yuma, AZ to El Paso, TX. Rinehart’s fourth landing with the airplane was between March 14 and March 16, 1932. He was solo on that flight eastbound from Clover Field to El Paso, TX.

Pete Rinehart sold the airplane back to Ms. Clark on April 22, 1932. She sold it to the Pacific School of Aviation (James E. Granger, President; Mrs. E.B. Clark, Secretary-Treasurer), Clover Field, Santa Monica, CA on January 20, 1933. It had accumulated 499 flight hours up to July 30, 1933.

It landed at Tucson for the last time on September 4, 1932 piloted by Clema Granger, a well-known air race pilot and wife of James E. She carried Ms. Clark as passenger. They were westbound from El Paso to Los Angeles.

Pacific replaced the wiring as of August 20, 1934, performed some re-covering and installed 8.5 x 10 semi-balloon tires. They sold it to J. Everett Weddle at Metro Airport on June 6, 1935 with 806:15 total flight hours. Weddle sold it to Aubrey Westinghouse of Glendale, CA. Pilot Westinghouse (private license #31697) got into an accident at Ojai, CA on March 13, 1936. Damage to three spars, ribs and lift struts, one side of landing gear and propeller. No mention of pilot injuries.

It moved to Alaska with two owners and suffered another accident at Slippery Creek, AK on July 2, 1937. No details given. On August 15, 1938 it moved back to the lower 48 with new owners in Minneapolis, MN. They did not present the airplane for inspection, and the airplane was apparently not repaired after the Alaska accident. Registration was cancelled as of July 2, 1937.


UPLOADED: 07/28/05 REVISED: 06/12/09, 07/20/11

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