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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.

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Fokker Super Universal NC9789

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This aircraft was a Fokker Super Universal, S/N 830 (ATC #52), manufactured in March 1929 by the Fokker Aircraft Corporation of America, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.  It left the factory with a Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine (S/N 1150) of 410 HP.

NC9789 was purchased April 9, 1929 by the Aero Corporation of California, Los Angeles, CA (Davis-Monthan pilots Jack Frye and Paul Richter were principals with the company, which was a Fokker and Eaglerock distributor, as well as operators of Standard Air Lines).

Aero transferred the airplane to its Standard Air Lines, Los Angeles, CA on April 24, 1929.  There is no indication on the NASM record of what Standard did with the airplane until it sold it four months later on August 31, 1929 to Mid-Continent Air Express, Inc., Los Angeles. 

NC9789 comes to Tucson on September 6, 1929 at 5:00 PM.  It was flown by Charles E. Widmer.  He remained overnight at Tucson and departed the next morning at 6:30 northwest bound for Denver, CO. This flight was very likely the transfer of the airplane to Mid-Continent, since Widmer was employed by them at this time.

Mid-Continent used NC9789 for about two and a half years, and then sold it to Western Air Express, Inc. (WAE), United Airport, Burbank, CA on April 16, 1932.  It was based at Denver, CO.  WAE’s Fokker Super Universals (S/Ns 812, 826, 830, 861, 862, 863, 864, 865) were all based at Denver. 

According to the NASM record, WAE expected to secure new equipment in the fall of 1934, and hoped to be able to retire all of the Super Universals of their fleet as, “the maintenance load on the wood wings was very expensive.” 

NC9789 suffered an accident at Las Vegas, NM on December 31, 1933.  It was “washed out”.  No further information.


UPLOADED: 07/07/06 REVISED: 07/21/14

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