Registration Number 1983
Two Engines in Three Years
This airplane is a long-wing Alexander Eaglerock, S/N 289.
The Alexander Aircraft Company, Denver, CO built it on October 1, 1927.
It left the factory with a 90 HP OX-5 engine, S/N 4328 (manufactured
by Willys-Murrow). It weighed 2,140 pounds.
The day it rolled out the factory door, it was purchased
by A.E. Cameron, 1339 Flower St., Los Angeles, CA. Five months
later, on March 14, 1928, it was sold to E. Burrell Smith, 6909
Camrose Dr., Hollywood, CA. A “C” license was
issued to the aircraft on January 11, 1929.
Mr. Smith flew the airplane solo to the Davis-Monthan Airfield
on August 1, 1928, arriving at 12:30 PM. He remained overnight,
departing on the 2nd at 9:30 AM. He was inbound from Phoenix,
enroute to Los Angeles. He also arrived solo on Tuesday, February 5, 1929. This time his destination was cited as, "Tucson, AZ Mayse Airport." Mayes Airport was an early synonym for the Davis-Monthan Airfield.
The airplane was purchased on February 6, 1929 by Ernest Bennett,
Box 26, Silver City, NM. A rebuilt OX-5 engine c/n M769 was
installed in July of that year. About a year later, on January 6, 1930,
it was sold to Richard P. Langford, Hotel Hussman Bldg., El
Paso, TX. It was equipped with OX-5 c/n 558 at that time.
On March 9, 1930 it suffered an accident at El Paso. The pilot,
Leo Lopez with student license #28166, was uninjured. The
accident, however, “destroyed wings, propeller, 1 wheel
and rudder.” The license was cancelled July 1, 1930.
Besides its two landings at Tucson, NC1983 is also cited once in the Clover Field Register at the link.
UPLOADED: 6/9/05 REVISED: 07/18/13