Registration Number NC8601
This aircraft was a Fleet Husky (also called a Consolidated
Husky Junior) with original manufacturer’s serial number
15. The Fleet Aircraft Company, Buffalo, NY built it on March 1, 1929.
It left the factory at 1,580 lbs., with a 110 HP Warner Scarab
engine S/N 146. It was a two-passenger airplane that visited
the Airfield three times.
It sold on March 2, 1929 to United Aviation Corp. of Chicago, IL,
then, two days later, to Scenic Airways, Inc. of Phoenix,
AZ (J. Parker Van Zandt, President). It landed first at Tucson Thursday, March 28, 1929 at 11:00AM. It was flown by Albert D. Smith. Based inPhoenix, AZ, he arrived at Tucson from Phoenix, AZ. He carried one passenger he identified as "Dickason." They remained on the ground only 15 minutes before departing to Douglas, AZ.
Its second visit was on May 7, 1929 piloted solo by Albert Pyle. He was northbound
from Douglas, AZ to Phoenix. It visited again a month later, on June 3, 1929, piloted by Charles
Goldtrap carrying one unidentified passenger. They were westbound
from Lordsburg, NM to Los Angeles, CA. Although both pilots
indicated Phoenix as Home Base, neither indicated whether
it was a revenue flight under Scenic Airlines. Pilot Goldtrap
is cited in the Reinhold reference at left, page 184.
After Scenic Airlines, the airplane moved to Long Beach,
CA and O’Donnell Aircraft, Inc. The company was owned
by James Lloyd O’Donnell and Gladys O’Donnell,
both well-known pilots and signers of the Davis-Monthan Airfield
Register. They bought it on April 5, 1930 from receivership on behalf
of Scenic Airways.
It suffered an accident (nosed over on landing and wing struck
ground) in the hands of a student pilot at Long Beach on May 18, 1930.
It received a new top wing and motor mount, and Warner engine
The O’Donnells sold it for $1,750 on December 6, 1930 to John
M. Burnley of Burnley
Airport, Pomona, CA. On June 13, 1931 Burnley sold it to Mrs.
Minnie May Ord of Hynes, CA for $1,650. She sold it to Reuben
F. Kovsky of Seal Beach, CA on February 26, 1932, and it then went to Sydney
Flying Service, San Antonio, TX on August 2, 1933.
It suffered an accident at Tulsa, OK on August 19, 1933. Its registration
was cancelled August 30, 1933. NC8601 was also signed in the Grand Central Air Terminal Register on May 16, 1931.
UPLOADED: 08/05/05 REVISED: 06/05/17