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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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Image, right, from Volume 1, p. 209 of Juptner, Joseph. 1962-1981. U.S. Civil Aircraft. Volumes 1-9. Aero Publishers, Inc. Fallbrook, CA.

NC134E appeared, in an old film clip, on the PBS show aired 6/2/01 about early commercial flight.


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This airplane is a Hamilton Metalplane H-45 (S/N 56; ATC # 85) manufactured in November 1928 by the Hamilton Metalplane Company, Milwaukee, WI. It came from the factory with a Pratt & Whitney engine (S/N 831) of 400 HP.  It was a single pilot, seven-place airplane weighing 5,750 pounds gross.

NC134E, date unk.

It sold on February 6, 1929 to Carl H. Keller of Detroit, MI.  Prior to the sale, Keller changed to Model H-47 with the installation of a Pratt & Whitney Hornet engine S/N 259 under ATC #94.

NC134E landed at Tucson once on February 6, 1929, coincident with completion of the final sales paperwork for the airplane. It was piloted by Marion Sterling carrying four unidentified passengers. Based in Detroit, they were westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA. Chance is high that owner Keller was one of the passengers. There was no reason given for the flight.

On February 4, 1930 Keller sold the airplane to Northwest Airways, Inc., St. Paul, MN.  It was modified as of April 3, 1931 to carry a gross weight of 6,417 pounds under ATC GR 2-329.  It had “N.W.A. #23” painted on the fuselage.

Northwest flew it for about seven years.  Then, through the Charles H. Babb Company, it was exported and registered in Panama as R-12.  During WWII it was impressed into service on August 14, 1942 by the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Model C-89 (USAAC S/N 42-79546).  It was assigned to the Panama Air Depot and used for a year.  On August 24, 1943 it was condemned by the USAAC and surveyed.  No further information.

There is one other Hamilton Metalplane, NC5562, that landed at Tucson.


UPLOADED: 04/01/06 REVISED: 05/16/06, 11/15/08, 03/19/09

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