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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.


Ruth M. Reinhold. 1982. "Sky Pioneering: Arizona in Aviation History" (University of Arizona Press, Tucson. ISBN 0-8165-0737-6).

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Registration Number NC8601

Plane Vanilla

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 S/N 184.

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.


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