Registration Number NC6959
Died In Infancy
This aircraft is a Ryan B-1 Brougham, S/N 144 (ATC #25).
It shares lineage with the “Spirit of St. Louis”,
but was built during the following year. The B.F. Mahoney
Aircraft Co., San Diego, CA manufactured it on July 26, 1928. It
was equipped with a 220 HP Wright J-5 Whirlwind engine, S/N
B-9009. It weighed 3,300 pounds.
It was sold on August 10, 1928 to Interstate Transit Airlines of
Omaha, NB, “for air transportation probably between
Kansas City and Omaha, NB.”
It landed at Tucson on August 11, 1928, piloted by H.D. Putnam,
who was the Chief Pilot for Interstate Transit. He was inbound
from San Diego, CA stayed overnight at Tucson, and departed at
5:00 the next morning for Omaha.
Less than a year later, on May 13, 1929, it suffered an accident
at Grand Island, NB when the airplane, “struck telephone
wires in attempted landing. Failed to see obstruction due
to darkness.” Pilot Ray E. Fuller (transport license
#176) of Omaha suffered serious injuries. Three passengers
had serious to no injuries. The airplane was a “washout”
and the registration was cancelled on May 31, 1929, two months
shy of a year after it was built.
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