SOLD INTO MEXICO
This airplane is a Travel Air B-6000 (S/N
1030; ATC #130) manufactured May 18, 1929 by the Travel Air
Company, Wichita, KS. It left the factory with a Wright J-6
engine (S/N 10423) of 300HP. It was a six-place airplane,
weighing 4,230 pounds gross.
It sold on May 18, 1929 to Harold J. Nichols of Corsicana,
TX. NC9816 landed three times at Tucson, each time piloted
by Harold Nichols. The first two landings on August 9, 1929
and August 23, 1929 appear to comprise a two week period
spent on the west coast. On 8/9 he carried three passengers,
Mr. & Mrs. Pedley and Mrs. Matthews. They were westbound
from El Paso, TX to Long
Beach, CA. On 8/23 he carried four passengers and they
were eastbound from Yuma, AZ to El Paso.
Nichols' third visit was on December 22, 1930. He was westbound
to Long Beach carrying two passengers. Nichols sold the airplane
a year later on December 16, 1931 to Charles F. Pedley c/o
American Airways, Love Field, Dallas, TX. The airplane had
accumulated 319 flight hours (a lot of time considering its
age of barely 17 months).
About a year after that, on October 15, 1932, Pedley sold
NC9816 to Francisco Sarabia of Mexico City, Mexico. on that
day permission was granted to Sarabia to fly the airplane
on October 16-17 from Dallas to Laredo, TX where U.S. registration
numbers were to be removed and Mexican numbers put on before
it was flown into Mexico.
The final disposition states, "Sold in Mexico. U.S. reg.#
UPLOADED: 03/23/06 REVISED: