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There is no data for NX5170 in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.




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FOKKER F-10A, NX5170

NX5170 is a Fokker F-10, S/N 1001. It visited Tucson once, Monday May 21, 1928. It was piloted by Max Cornwell, and he carried five passengers whom he identified as L.A. Examiner reporter A.M. Rocklin, Fred Goodcell, C. Zook Sutton, fellow pilot Norman W. Potter and Florabel Muir. Their homebase was cited as "Western Air Express." They landed at 10:00AM, remained on the ground until noon, and continued westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA.

I could find no information about NX or NC5170 at the Smithsonian except for one photograph, below. Here it sits on the ramp at Alhambra, CA as NC5170. I do not know when the registration designation was changed from "NX" to "NC."

Fokker F-10, NC5170, Date Unknown (Source: NASM)
Fokker F-10, NC5170, Date Unknown (Source: NASM)

Below, from the San Diego Aerospace Museum (SDAM), an aerial photograph of 5170 (no NX or NC). No information is available for this shot as far as date or location. The Western Air Express logo can be seen on the fuselage in both photographs.

Fokker F-10, NC5170, Date Unknown (Source: SDAM)
Fokker F-10, NC5170, Date Unknown (Source: SDAM)

As far as the fate of NC5170, it was involved in an accident at Alhambra on January 26, 1931, about 2.5 years after it visited us in Tucson. The crash was documented in the TWA Skyliner Magazine of August 15, 1988 as, "The four F-10s (including the two converted to F-10A) appear to have eluded serious mishap and were among the Fokkers discarded in early 1934. Only minor damage is reported to NC-5170 in an accident at Alhambra while being flown by Eddie Bellande on 26 Jan. 1931."



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