Registration Number 4029
"Knocking" on the Front Door
This aircraft is a Swallow Commercial, S/N 900 (ATC 21 &
50), manufactured January 17, 1928 by Swallow Airplane Co., Wichita,
KS. It was powered by an Hispano-Suiza 150 HP engine, S/N
80721. It weighed 2,400 pounds.
It sold on February 24, 1928 to Roy L. Fisher of Bakersfield, CA for
$3,450. He was the only owner of this short-lived airplane.
It visited Tucson on March 2, 1928, piloted by Robert Martin with
Mr. Fisher as passenger. They were inbound from El Paso, TX with
no destination specified (probably going to Bakersfield).
It was inspected on July 1, 1928, but was not eligible for airworthiness approval
because of the non-standard Hisso engine. ATC #50 was then
issued, and airworthiness approval was granted ATC #50, during July, 1928).
Later that year, for an unstated reason, it was grounded
as unairworthy on December 8, 1928. It was repaired and Hisso engine
S/N 3377 was installed.
NC4029 ground looped and hit a house at Visalia Airport,
CA on February 28, 1929. Pilot H.N. Cummings (no license) of Portersville
CA was uninjured, but the airplane was “washed out”.
UPLOADED: June 2005 REVISED: 02/09/09