Registration Number NC3809
One Consequence of Flying Fast and Free With the
This aircraft is an Alexander “comb-wing” Eaglerock,
S/N 379 (ATC 7) manufactured December 1927 by Alexander Aircraft
Co., Denver, CO. It came equipped with a 90 HP OX-5 engine,
S/N 2190. It weighed 2,120 pounds.
It sold on 11/29/27 (before manufacture?) to L.A. Carson,
1230 Ivola St. Los Angeles, CA. It came to Tucson from Phoenix
on 1/14/1928, flown by Jack
Frye, President of Aero Corporation of California. He
was headed for Los Angeles. This was probably a ferry flight
from the factory in Denver.
Ownership transferred to Aero Corporation of California (Eaglerock
dealers) on 2/24/28, and the airplane was resold on 3/17/28
to Stanley R. Short, Short’s Airport, Rt.2 Box 205A,
Gardena, CA with 50 hours total flying time. Apparently Mr.
Short operated a flight training school at his field.
The airplane suffered “structural failure during aerobatic
maneuvers” on 12/16/28, about a year after its manufacture.
Pilot George Douglas Bolding, Gardena, CA, was killed. Passenger
Harry Weymouth was uninjured. The “Airplane burned up.”
Short was cited in violation for allowing students to fly
without permits and for not properly reporting accidents.
He was fined $500, which was mitigated to $100. The registration
was cancelled 2/9/29.