Registration Number NC7207
This aircraft is a Ryan B-1 Brougham, S/N 154 (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 September 17, 1928. It
was equipped with a 220 HP Wright J-5A Whirlwind engine, S/N
B-9049. It weighed 3,300 pounds. It was sold on September 18, 1928 to
Aircraft and Airways of America, Inc. of Pittsburgh, PA.
NC7207 landed at Tucson twice. The first was on September 19, 1928
when it was brand new. The pilot was 2nd Lt. E.J. Rundquist,
whose home base is identified as Kelly Field, San Antonio,
TX. He was solo during what was probably the ferry flight
from the factory to its new owners in Pittsburgh. It’s
interesting that this military pilot was contracted to fly
the airplane. I wonder if he needed to get from San Diego
to San Antonio and simply volunteered to fly the airplane
that far, depending upon someone else to take over and fly
it farther east (although he did cite his destination as Pittsburgh—was
that for him or the airplane?). Anyone KNOW?
On May 31, 1929 the airplane was sold to Main Aeronautics Company
of Pittsburgh and was issued Pennsylvania State license
#P-102 (the state’s pound of flesh). After that it
stayed in the Pittsburgh area three additional owners. It
was sold finally for $1,250 to Howard G. Mayes of Chesapeake,
WV airport) on October 1, 1931. Mayes was the manager of Huntington
About a year later, Mr. Mayes (transport license #3321; A&E
license #9379) landed solo at Tucson on September 19, 1932 eastbound
from San Diego to Huntington, WV. He kept the airplane a total
of three years. It had accumulated 1354:25 flight hours as
of October 12, 1933. It was involved in an accident and destroyed
by fire at Vandalia, OH on September 9, 1934. No record of who was flying
it. The registration was cancelled October 20, 1934.
UPLOADED: 07/09/05 REVISED: 05/01/06