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This information comes from the listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed aircraft reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.


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TRAVEL AIR 3000 7282

Registration Number 7282

Tortuous Stewardship As An Airplane, And As Parts

This aircraft is a Travel Air 3000, S/N 564. The Travel Air Manufacturing Co., Wichita, KS, built it on June 27, 1928. It was fitted with a Hispano-Suiza E engine of 180 HP, S/N 82811. It weighed 2,590 pounds. It was sold less engine on July 24, 1928 to H.C. Lippiatt of Hollywood, CA for $3,040. Lippiatt was a Travel Air dealer.

The airplane sold to Phillip J. Marule and Julian R. Wagy of Bakersfield, CA on August 8, 1928, then to Western College of Aeronautics, Los Angeles, on August 13, 1928. There is no record of sale prices during these rapid exchanges, but Marule and Wagy installed the Hisso engine as indicated above.

This Travel Air landed once at Tucson on March 24, 1929 piloted by Julian R. Wagy. He carried one unidentified passenger on their way from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA. His homebase was identified as Kern County Airport, Bakersfield, CA.

A sale on May 14, 1929 to Golden State Airways, Inc., Bakersfield, indicates a corporate exchange. Golden State was owned by Wagy. It left the corporate umbrella on September 29m 1930 when it sold to Ralph Young and L. Smithurst of Oakland, CA. Then on October 20, 1930 it changed hands back to Marule and Wagy in Bakersfield.

They sold it back north on December 26, 1930 to the East Bay Flying Club, Oakland, CA. On May 3, 1931 it suffered an accident at Isleton, CA and was disassembled as of August 7, 1931. As of October 17, 1933, the airplane was, “not being used, and parts have been loaned to Duck Air Services, Oakland, CA.” Some of these parts “to be returned” were used on NC9049, which landed at Tucson on June 19, 1929. I have no information on this airplane, so am looking for help with it.

On January 6, 1939 7282 was purchased for parts by F.H. Nolta of Willow, CA. Nolta had, “no intention of rebuilding.” The fuselage was purchased to built up Travel Air NR2123. The final disposition of this airplane was that it was dismantled and used for parts. Its registration was cancelled May 12, 1939.


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