Registration Number NC5624
Misidentified and Mistreated Southern
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
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
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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