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This information comes from the listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed aircraft reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.

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Registration Number 3887

An Experimentation with Engines

This aircraft is an American Eagle A-1, S/N 92 manufactured in December 1927 by American Eagle Aircraft Corp., 2330 Harrison St., Kansas City, MO. It was equipped with a Super Rhone (LeRhone “Quick Radial”) engine of unspecified horsepower.

It sold on 1/13/28 to H.H. Patton and H.P. Warner, Union National Bank Bldg., Wichita, KS. This airplane got into trouble the minute it was turned over to the new owner. It suffered a forced landing accident at Kansas City on January 13 when the engine failed due to lack of oil. The pilot, Howard Jones had no injuries; the passengers, Mr. & Mrs. H.P. Warner, had minor injuries. The pilot, in employ of American Eagle, was loaned to Mr. & Mrs. Warner to fly to Lincoln, NB to visit Mrs. Warner’s mother.

The airplane must not have been badly damaged, since NC3887 landed a month later in Tucson on February 20, 1928 piloted by L.L. Jonas. He carried one passenger, F.E. Slaton. They were on their way to Barstow, CA from Kansas City, MO.

On April 3, 1928 Quick Air Motors (owned by Messrs. Patton and Warner) applied for a special license to use a LeRhone motor converted under Quick patents, for “demonstrating until the motor is approved.” Thus, the plane was probably being flown with passengers on January 13 and February 20 in violation of the special license issued because of the non-standard engine. The cart was clearly before the horse.

During the next seven years, the airplane changed hands ten times (including one transfer to satisfy a mechanic’s lien of $113.05). It was re-engined and re-covered three times each, and suffered two accidents. Through it all, it stayed in Kansas for most of its life. The last owner, from Wichita, reported the airplane, “Completely washed out in windstorm November 12, 1935; will not rebuild.”



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