Registration Number 7296
An Awkward Early Life
This aircraft is a Mohawk Pinto MLV, S/N 109 (ATC #pending)
manufactured July 27, 1928 by the Mohawk Aircraft Corp., Minneapolis,
MN. It left the factory with a 70 HP Velie engine, S/N 1216.
It weighed 1,332 pounds.
The airplane was manufactured for export to Canada, but the
certificate of airworthiness for export was not issued, “on
account of unfavorable flying characteristics.” The
airplane was returned to Mohawk for modification and it was
rebuilt as of February, 1929 in accordance with ATC #95 with a Velie
55 HP engine S/N 381. It received Canadian registration CF-AAW
on February 25, 1929.
Here’s where it gets confusing. We find 7296 at Tucson
some months earlier on October 26, 1928 piloted by H.M. O’Toole
license # 4068) carrying one passenger. They stayed for two
days, departing on 10/28. They were on their way from Los
Angeles, CA to Minneapolis. Was this the flight back to
the factory in preparation for the February, 1929 rebuild? If so,
who owned it then, and how did it get to California? There
is no record of a U.S. purchaser in California. As an aside, pilot O'Toole
had another landing in a Mohawk at Davis-Monthan Airfield.
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Regardless, 7296 did sell on July 21, 1930 to Herbert J. Browne of
St. Louis, MO. At that time it wore Canadian registration
CF-AAW. Below, from Juptner (cited, left sidebar), v.2. p. 235, is a photograph of the airplane in Canadian registration. See the link to Register pilot Ross Hadley for what might be another photo of just the fuselage of this aircraft.
Mohawk CF-AAW (nee 7296) Ca. July, 1930, Location Unknown (Source: Juptner)
In a letter of August 23, 1930, Inspector G.S. Abbott of the
Dept. of National Defense, Air Service, Ottawa, Canada writes:
“Imported by Continental Aero Corp. Montreal, Quebec,
who applied for registration February 25, 1929. Identification markings
CF-AAW allotted and painted on at factory. Continental could
not procure export certificate of airworthiness and aircraft
flown back to factory at Minneapolis, MN in Sept. 1929. As
this aircraft was never registered, no cancellation was necessary.
Continental Aero Corp. now in hands of receiver.” Browne
wired an application for identity change back to 7296, which
was granted August 14, 1930.
After all that, Browne sold the airplane to Edward R. Metzger
of St. Louis, MO for $1,500 on August 28, 1930. Probably as an indicator
of the nation’s economy at the time, it sold again on
September 28, 1931 for $225. Then for $25 at public auction during a
“constable’s sale” on January 14, 1033 to the Robertson
Airplane Service Co., Robertson, MO. Robertson bumped the
price up to $47 and sold it to Irving J. Koenig of St. Louis
on February 16, 1933. An accident at Old Orchard, MO on July 29, 1933 resulted
in the registration being cancelled on July 25, 1933.
UPLOADED: 07/24/05 REVISED: 04/09/06, 08/25/11