This handsome airplane is an Inland W-500
Supersport manufactured in 1929 under ATC # 315. It was powered
by a Warner Scarab 125 HP 7-cylinder radial engine. Follow
the link for additional information about this airplane,
and the six other Inlands of the Davis-Monthan Register.
NC252N landed at Tucson once on August 24, 1931 flown solo
Bowman. She was inbound from Phoenix headed for Cleveland
as a participant in the 1931 National Air Races.
While I have no image of the airplane from the Golden Age,
image, below, courtesy of Mr. Borden (right sidebar), was
taken about 1950 with its owners at the time, Harry Singleton
and his family.
Inland NC252N, 1950
NC252N lived in Kentucky until July 2007. It was purchased
by Mr. Borden and trucked to Texas where it lives today,
awaiting restoration. Below, is an image of the airplane
in Mr. Borden's garage with him and his grandson aboard.
NC252N, November 2007
If you follow the link to my general information page for
you'll find that Mr. Borden's grandfather was the designer
of the Inland prototype, NX7225. As the keeper of this site,
it gives me great pleasure to link five generations of one
family to an airplane that landed at Tucson on a dusty Monday
in August 1931, and flown by one of the premier female pilots
of the era as well.
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