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There is no biographical file for pilot Hinchey in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.





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John Hinchey landed solo and signed the Register twice at Tucson. His first visit as a pilot in command was on Thursday, September 11, 1930. He was westbound from El Paso, TX to an unidentified destination. He flew Monocoupe NC193K.

His second visit was on Saturday, December 30, 1930. This time he identified his Home Base as Moline, IL. He was westbound from Abilene, TX to Los Angeles, CA. He flew Monocoupe NC528W.

Hinchey also arrived at Tucson once as a passenger with R.T. "Stub" Quinby on October 23, 1929 in the Monosport NC8957.

The photographs below are shared with us by friend of dmairfield.org, John Underwood. In this first one, Hinchey stands in front of Monocoupe 527W (not a Register airplane). Magnifiying the image shows Hinchey holding a bowler hat, hair pomaded and parted in the middle, and wearing sheer silk socks.

In the background, left, are Monocoupes NC524W and 534W (neither Register airplanes). The scene (according to the signage on the hangar at rear) is at the "Mono Aircraft Company in Moline, IL., Monocoupe Monocoach, Powered by Velie."

John Hinchey, Moline, IL, Date Unknown (Source: Underwood)
John Hinchey, Moline, IL, Date Unknown (Source: Underwood)

Below, Hinchey (L) stands with a gentleman identified as Bob Weil (not a Register person). The airplane is a Monocoupe of unknown registration. Unlike the image above, Hinchey's moustache is waxed to a point, as is Weil's.

John Hinchey (L) With Bob Weil, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Underwood)
John Hinchey (L) With Bob Weil, Date &  Location Unknown (Source: Underwood)

I could find few relevant Web references for John B. Hinchey (other than the link to dmairfield.org through the Mines Field page). Hinchey was affiliated with Bellanca-Pacific, Ltd. at Mines, as well as a member of the Mono-Aircraft racing team. Please direct your browser to Stub Quimby's page at the link above to see Hinchey in a photograph of the team assembled.

At the end of the 1930s, Hinchey competed in the National Air Races for 1938. He placed 6th (and last among the finishers) in the Bendix competition, flying a Wasp-powered Spartan Executive aircraft. The airplane is pictured, and Hinchey's place is documented, at the link. The Spartan was deemed, "A nice plane -- but out of its class." He competed in the Bendix with fellow Register pilots George Armistead, Ross Hadley and Frank Hawks.


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