STINSON SB-1 DETROITER NC877
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This aircraft is a Stinson SB-1 Detroiter, manufacturer’s
serial number 114 (ATC #not identified). It was manufactured
August 1, 1927 by Stinson Aircraft Corporation, Northville,
MI. It left the factory with a 200 HP Wright J-5 CA
Whirlwind engine, S/N B 7570. It weighed 3,280 pounds.
It was sold on August 1, 1927 to George A. Weis, Inc., Mineola,
NY (George A. Weis, Jr., President). Weis landed NC877
at Tucson on the morning of September 7, 1928. He carried
Bessie Davis as passenger. Based at Garden City, NY, they were westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA. The upbeat Weis noted
in the Register on this fall day, "Fine field and service".
The photograph below is from the University of Washington Libraries (UWL), which describes it, "The Stinson SB-1 Detroiters were first flown in 1926. They were used by Noel Wien in Alaska, but this plane does not show the distinctive Wien paint scheme. This was likely an Alaskan Airways plane, NC877 (the only Detroiter not owned by Wien), which was disassembled in Sept 1932."
Possibly Stinson NC877 (Source: UWL via Woodling)
There are no markings visible on the airplane in this photo, so it is not possible to identify it precisely.
About two weeks later, on September 22, 1928, Weis sold
NC877 to Thomas Gerard, Fairbanks, AK. Gerard held
transport license #2171 and mechanic’s license #2549. The
airplane had accumulated about 275 flight hours. On
November 20, 1928, Gerard had an accident with the airplane
at Holy Cross, AK. He broke a ski on rough ground and
crashed into brush. There was damage to the lower wings,
propeller and landing gear. These were repaired on
site, since the crash was 500 miles from Fairbanks.
NC877 sold twice more in 1929, winding up with Alaskan Airways,
Inc. until September 1, 1932 when it sold to Pacific Alaska
Airways, Inc., New York, NY. Pacific Alaska reported
on October 3, 1932 that, “this job cut to pieces, completely
disassembled.” The registration was cancelled
October 26, 1932. No further information.
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