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CHALLENGER NC5624

Registration Number NC5624

Misidentified and Mistreated Southern Belle

This aircraft is a Kreider-Reisner Challenger, S/N 164 (ATC 19). The Kreider-Reisner Aircraft Co., Hagerstown, MD manufactured it in May 1928. It was equipped with a 90 HP Curtiss OX-5 engine, S/N 2038. It weighed 2,000 pounds.

NC5624 was sold for $3,145 (less 15%) on August 30, 1928 to A.H. Kreider and the Challenger Flying Service, Inc., Hagerstown, MD (Kreider was president of this organization, perhaps explaining the 15% discount). A.H. Kreider flew NC5624 his new airplane to Tucson September 20, 1928. He arrived from Los Angeles and departed for El Paso the same day. He carried no passengers.

Curiously, according to the record, this airplane was exchanged on March 13, 1929 for another Challenger described as S/N 156, NC5358, owned by John H. Wright of Utica, NY. I say curious, because on page 42 of the Register, you'll notice NC5358 is listed as a Fokker F-10. I also have a copy of the NASM record for 5358 and, sure enough, it’s a Fokker. Perhaps there was an error in transcription of the record for 5624? From an era of pencil and paper record keeping, you’ll have that sometimes.

Anyway, on April 30, 1929, the airplane was purchased by Salvatore M. Curioni of Jacksonville, FL. Over the next eight years it exchanged hands ten times, living mostly through Georgia and the Carolinas. Along the way, in 1931, it was disapproved for flight, the inspector stating that the airplane was, “completely run down and shows no care or attention whatever.”

It ended its life in Lancaster, SC in the hands of James McMurray. With no information forthcoming from the owner, the registration was cancelled on May 13, 1938.

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