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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 NC9792

High and Inaccessible

This aircraft was a Fokker Super Universal, S/N 840 (ATC #52), manufactured in August 1929 by the Fokker Aircraft Corporation of America, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.  It left the factory with a Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine (S/N 1168) of 420 HP.  It was purchased during August by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Akron, OH.

Goodyear bought it to equip it with their new special air wheels instead of conventional tires.  Now comes the airplane to Tucson at 5:00PM on November 30, 1929.  It was flown by J.O. Bell carrying three unidentified passengers eastbound from San Diego, CA.  They remained overnight in Tucson, then departed the next morning at 10:00 to Akron, OH.

Below, courtesy of site visitor Van Cully, is a photograph of NC9792 in Goodyear livery. The photo is dated October 9, 1929, just a couple of months after it was purchased. The location is estimated to be Ryan Field, San Diego, CA. The large, soft air wheels are visible on the landing gear as well as on the tail wheel.

Fokker Super Universal NC9792, October 9, 1929 (Source: Cully)
Fokker Super Universal NC9792, October 9, 1929 (Source: Cully)

Goodyear flew the airplane until 1933, then sold it to Richard M. McCoy, Denver, CO.  McCoy sold it a few months later, on March 9, 1934, to Northern Air Transport, Inc., Fairbanks, AK.  In Alaska it was used on both wheels and skis.Two photos of it in service with Northern Air Transport are at the link.

On November 24, 1936 it was sold to Wien Alaska Airlines, Inc., Fairbanks, AK.  It suffered an accident at Wiseman, AK on October 20, 1938, severely damaging the landing gear.  It was repaired by February 1929.

On April 8, 1939 NC9792 was used to ferry a replacement engine from Fairbanks to Upper Koyukuk for another disabled aircraft sitting on a mountaintop.  After delivery of the engine, NC9792 cracked up on take off.  It hit a snowdrift which knocked off the left landing gear.

The plane then went down on one wing and the wing broke off.  After the crash, all serviceable items were removed.  The remaining portions of the aircraft were left on the mountain top, “in a very inaccessible location."  But, the Pioneer Air Museum in Fairbanks, AK lists the "frame" of NC9792 among its collection. If a site visitor in Alaska can snap a photo and sent it to me, please let me KNOW, and I'll post it on this page.


UPLOADED: 07/07/06 REVISED: 09/30/12, 02/17/13

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