Registration Number 2472
An Oldie But Goodie
This airplane is a Standard J-1, S/N R.W.1, manufactured
c. 1917 by the Dayton Wright Company. This is one of the oldest
aircraft, and one of eight Standards, to land at the Davis-Monthan
Airfield. It was fitted with a Hispano-Suiza engine, S/N 230,
of 180 HP. It weighed 2,387 pounds.
The first five years of its life are indistinct. It was probably
originally sold to G.S. Ireland (by rail freight). The date
of sale is unrecorded. The record picks up in 1922, when it
was bought with 300 hours total time from G.S. Ireland by
the Rinehart Whelan Company, Moraine Flying Field, Dayton,
OH (owned by H.M. Rinehart and B.L. Whelan). It must have
been involved in an accident, because Rinehart & Whelan
rebuilt it. It received wings, landing gear, tail surfaces,
cockpits and engine. In their hands it received a license
on November 7, 1927.
It was sold to Sam F. Witten, 2909 First Ave., Phoenix, AZ
on March 27, 1928 with 367 hours total time. It was sold again,
and finally, on March 14, 1929 to G.W.
Brophy, Arizona Flying Service,
Van Buren Airport, Phoenix, AZ. It was Mr. Brophy who flew
the airplane to Davis-Monthan Airfield at 10:30 AM on 7/4/1929.
He carried Bly Collins as lone passenger. They were inbound
from Los Angeles, CA, and they departed at noon for Phoenix.
The final disposition came when its license was canceled
on 3/20/1930 after letters of inquiry were returned unopened.
I have no further record of what happened to the airframe.
UPLOADED: 06/09/05 REVISED: 03/12/06