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There is no data for NX7414 in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


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Based at San Diego, CA, the all-metal NX7414 landed at Tucson Friday, March 15, 1929. Pilot C.B. Raney was solo, arriving from Yuma, AZ on his way to El Paso, TX. He must have left Yuma early, because he arrived at Tucson at 5:00AM and departed eastbound at 8:15AM. Perhaps he stayed just long enough to fuel up and get some breakfast. No purpose was listed for the trip in the Register.

Prudden aircraft were manufactured in San Diego by namesake George Prudden, and we find this one at Tucson at a critical time in its life. According to aerofiles.com, it was originally configured as a trimotor aircraft, and wore the registration number NC5728. It was originally assigned the model identification TM-1.

However, the airplane was converted to a single-engined, a 420hp P&W Wasp, identified as a Solar SE-1 Special and assigned registration number 7414, s/n 1. A photograph of 5728 before the conversion is at the link. It failed to qualify for certification with one engine and was auctioned for scrap ca.1929.

I have nothing else about this airplane. If you can HELP with photos or information, I'd appreciate it.



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