Travel Air NC9049 is still registered with the FAA. The
image below was taken at Wenatche, WA in 1984. The annotation
reads, "Travel Air W-4000 1929, Wright J-5-9 220
HP, NC9049 s/n 850, Wenatche, WA 1984". This airplane still exists today.
Travel Air W-4000 NC9049
This airplane was flown by Michael C. Casserly to Tucson
on June 19, 1929. His passenger was Livingston Longfellow.
Based in Boston, MA they were westbound from Midland, TX
to Santa Barbara, CA. They remained in Tucson overnight,
continuing their journey on the 20th.
Long-time friend of dmairfield.org and Travel Airs, Brian Dalton has this to say about NC9049.
"This airplane was restored by Jack Lanning of Arlington,
WA circa 1970s. He obtained the airplane from Harry MacFarlane
of Oregon. Harry ran several Travel Airs as crop dusters
"NC9049 was originally equipped with a
Warner engine, but Jack converted it to a Wright Whirlwind
J-4 engine. For a short while in the middle 1980s he installed
a Wright Whirlwind J-5 on it, but most of the time it has
retained the J-4. The airplane has not flown for the last
few years and now is based at Port Townsend, WA where Jack
has placed it on loan to the Port Townsend Aero Museum. For
more information and color photographs, check out this link."
The image, below, comes from site visitor Rob Bach.
NC9049, Date & Location Unknown
UPLOADED: 09/29/07 REVISED: 09/30/07, 11/07/07, 02/14/08, 04/05/11