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TRAVEL AIR W-4000 NC8893

Registration Number NC8893

Rising Sun

This aircraft is a Travel Air W-4000, S/N 1016. The Travel Air Manufacturing Co., Wichita, KS, built it on April 14, 1929. It was fitted with a Warner Scarab engine of 110 HP, S/N 199. It weighed 2,115 pounds as a three-place airplane.
It was sold on April 16, 1929 to San Diego Air Service Corp., San Diego, CA.

NC8893 arrived in Tucson on 4/20/1929 piloted by Douglas T. Kelley with passenger Ray Tucker. Mr. Kelley was test pilot for Ryan at the time of construction of the "Spirit of St. Louis". They stayed overnight in Tucson. Based at San Diego, they were westbound from Lordsburg, NM to Imperial, CA.

The airplane sold to Eddie Martin of Santa Ana, CA on 11/23/29. He kept it for a few years, selling it on 2/15/33 to Jess B. Poor of Huntington Park, CA. The airplane was remodeled, with a new motor mount, as a model U-4. Comet engine S/N 559 was installed (165 HP).

Poor sold the airplane to Junko Kubota of Venice, CA on 9/7/34. Kubota had the airplane converted to a Model 4000 with a Wright J-5 engine S/N 8467 (220 HP) installed. It was reported by a government inspector on 10/5/34 that, “plane and owner reported to have sailed for Japan.” The aircraft was removed from the limits of the U.S. and the registration was cancelled 10/25/34.


UPLOADED: 08/08/05 REVISED: 02/16/09

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