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Fokker Universal NC3193

SHORT LIFE

This aircraft was a Fokker Universal, S/N 423 (ATC #9), manufactured in October 1927 by the Atlantic Aircraft Corporation, Teterboro Airport, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.  It left the factory with a Wright J-5 engine, S/N 8135.  It weighed 4,000 pounds.

NC3193 was purchased October 25, 1927 by the Aero Corporation of California, Los Angeles, CA (Davis-Monthan pilots Jack Frye, Walter Hamilton and Paul Richter were principals with the company).  From the Register, it appears that NC3193 was operated as a liner for Standard Air Lines between at least December 1927 and March 1928.

NC3193 landed at Tucson seven times during these four months, flown by Jack Frye, Lee Willey and Paul Richter, Jr.  All these men were pilots of the line for Standard Air Lines.  A total of 29 identified passengers were carried on the seven flights.  Los Angeles, CA, Douglas and Phoenix, AZ were their route points. 

Aero sold the airplane during August, 1928 to Harry J. Tucker, Santa Monica, CA. No bill of sale was submitted and Tucker wrecked the airplane shortly after purchase.  It was sold in wrecked condition on December 27, 1928 to O’Donnell Aircraft, Inc., Long Beach, CA

Lloyd O’Donnell rebuilt the airplane between August and December, 1928.  The fuselage was re-covered and Wright engine S/N 7646 was installed.  The wing and spars were rebuilt.  For some reason, the wing was three feet longer than the original, which did not conform to the ATC, therefore the airplane was not licensed by the CAA.

By February 1930, O’Donnell reported the airplane being operated in Mexico.  Indeed, on January 1, 1930, we find NC3193 landing at Tucson for the final time.  It was flown by Lloyd O’Donnell carrying two passengers D. Cole and W. Thornberg.  They were southbound from Mesquite to Nogales, AZ.

On February 18, 1930 (or maybe it was 2/23, NASM record not sure), at Oaxaca, Mexico the airplane crashed and was “washed out”.  The pilot was Milo Burcham of Whittier, CA.  He survived the crash. No further information.

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