This airplane is a Travel Air 2000, S/N 418. It was manufactured
in Wichita, Kansas in March 1928 by the Travel Air Manufacturing
Company. Walter Beech was the president of the Company,
and the airplane was designed by Lloyd Stearman. The present
owner of NC4834 sent us the image below, ca. 1938.
NC4834, Ca. 1938 (Source: Dalton)
The airplane came from the factory as a Travel Air Model
2000 3-place open cockpit biplane. It was equipped from the
factory with a Curtiss OX-5 engine developing 90 horsepower.
The airplane was sold on April 9, 1928 to William H. Emory,
Jr. of Bradford, Pennsylvania, a Travel Air dealer. On May
11, 1928, he sold it to Julius
von der Heyden of Newark, New
Jersey. Julius was flying the airplane when it stopped at
the Davis-Monthan Airfield on September 4, 1928, presumably
for gas. He was probably on a ferry flight to Los Angeles,
perhaps to deliver the airplane to Leslie Miller who may have
been in the process of buying it at the time.
Mr. Miller bought the airplane on September 18, 1928 and
used it as a demonstration airplane for his renowned "Millerized
OX-5" engine modifications (see below). He in turn sold
the airplane in March 1929 to Josephine Kepler of Los Angeles
who used it for student instruction. The airplane then passed
through a number of owners and it was active in agricultural
During its life it flew actively in the west. It was purchased
by the current owner, Brian Dalton in 1976. The aiplane has
been based in Arizona at least twice, in Phoenix in 1943-44
and Buckeye and Tucson in 1951. It passed through Arizona,
flown by the current owner, on its way to San Antonio in
1988, and again in 1993 through Gila
Bend on its way to Oregon. Since
1993 it has been based in Independence, Oregon.
Over the years it has gone through several engine changes.
Included have been: OX-5 (S/N 1864-supplied new in 1928);
OX-5 (S/N 1961 - installed 1928); OX-5 (S/N 6450 - installed
1933); OX-5 (S/N 5915 - installed 1937); Comet D (S/N 535
- installed 1939); Wright J-5 (S/N B9772 - installed on or
before 1944); Lycoming R680-17 (S/N L-014095 - installed
1946); Lycoming R680-13 (S/N 4133 - installed 1951); Wright
J-5A (S/N B9685 - installed 1985). The airplane was completely
restored to Travel Air Model 4000 configuration (Wright J-5
engine) during the period 1976 to 1985.
NC4834, Ca. 2005 (Source: Dalton)
Mr. Dalton had this to say about pilot von der Heyden: "On
May 11, 1928, Julius von der Heyden was living at 11 Lincoln
Park, Newark, NJ. This information comes from the Department
of Commerce Aeronautical form for the Application for Identification
Mark for his purchase of Travel Air Model 2000, NC4834,
SN 418, from W. H. Emory, I believe a Travel Air dealer
in Bradford, PA. On July 10, 1928, he transferred ownership
of the airplane to Mildred von der Heyden. At that time
the airplane had 80 hours on it. On September 18, 1928,
she sold the airplane to Leslie Miller of Los Angeles....
Mr. Miller owned several OX-5 Travel Airs during this period."
Further, Mr. Dalton has corresponded with
Leslie Miller. While it is clear that Mr. Miller once owned
this airplane, it is not clear if he "Millerized" the
OX-5 supplied with the aircraft from the manufacturer, or
the next one installed in 1928. The engine log books from
this era do not exist, so it is difficult to verify. Probability
is very high, though, that they were "Millerized". For
examples of Miller's products, download this Nicholas-Beazley parts catalog from 1931 (note: PDF file size is 15.0MB; it'll
take 5 minutes or so to download). Refer to pp. 54-55.
Below, the present coaming and instrument panel configuration
of this beautiful airplane.
NC4834 Instrument Panel, Ca. 2005 (Source: Dalton)
Below, another photograph aloft of NC4834 shared by Mr. Dalton on January 15, 2014.
Travel Air NC4834, 2014 (Source: Dalton)
THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 02/07/06 REVISED: 05/05/06: 09/28/07, 01/08/10, 01/15/14