Registration Number NC9305
Sold Into Mexico Via England, Canada
And The U.S.
This aircraft is a deHavilland DH 60X Moth, S/N 626. It was
built on 4/26/28 by deHavilland Aircraft Co. Ltd., Middlesex,
England. It was equipped with an 85 HP Cirrus Mark II engine,
S/N 339. It weighed 1,550 pounds as a two-place aircraft.
On 3/25/29 the airplane was sold to the T.C. Ryan Aeronautical
Corporation, San Diego, CA. Ryan paid $2,160 for it. Interestingly,
the airplane was imported into the U.S. and sold to Ryan (with
Canadian registration G-LAXP) by John E. Carberry, a signer
of the Register during the National Air Races of 1928. Ryan’s
reason for purchasing the airplane was, “for flying
service and flying school.” It was never used for this
purpose, because it was not licensed in the U.S.*
Ryan sold it to Theodore Russell Smith (a student pilot)
on 6/5/29, “for recreation and personal training.”
The airplane had accumulated 102:03 total flight hours. Repairs
were made to the landing gear, elevator and tail skid as of
8/30/29, and the NC registration was issued 12/7/29.
Smith sold the airplane to Richard T. Robinson of San Diego,
CA on 9/18/30, and we find NC9305 at Tucson on 10/5/1930,
piloted by Mr. Robinson. He arrived from San Diego in the
early evening, and did not write his departure time or destination
in the Register.
NC9305 was sold four more times through 1933. Its final owner,
F.G. Flannery of Tabasco, Mexico, did not submit documentation
of the sale and did not reply to government inquiries. On
11/21/33 the airplane was reported, “in Mexico permanently.”
The registration was cancelled 1/15/34.
* As of 4/5/29, about 20 de Havilland Moth aircraft were
already imported from Great Britain. In the U.S. they were
licensed on the basis of their British Certificate of Airworthiness
by arrangement with the de Havilland company. NC9305 is an
exception, and not accepted by the U.S. Director of Aeronautics,
because it came into the U.S. from Canada.
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