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COMMAND-AIRE 5-C-3 609

COMMAND-AIRE 5-C-3 609

SHORT-LIVED COUNTRY CLUB AIRPLANE

This airplane is a Command-Aire 5-C-3 (S/N W65; ATC# Pending) manufactured March 16, 1929 by Command-Aire, Inc., Little Rock, AR.  It left the factory with a Curtiss Challenger engine (S/N 71) of 170 HP.  It was a three-place airplane weighing 2,303 pounds gross.

We find 609 at Tucson on May 6, 1929 flown solo by Charles M. Taylor.  He was westbound from El Paso, TX.  He remained overnight in Tucson and departed for Yuma the next morning at 8:30.  He was participating in a Sportsman Pilot Tour, which is described on his link.

Our airplane had a short life.  On July 29, 1929, barely three months after it landed at Tucson, it was reported by Command-Aire, Inc. that the airplane was, “completely dismantled and to be used about the factory.”  File cancelled August 16, 1929.

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