Registration Number NC7375
A Proud 1928 Air Racer Relegated to
Ground School Instruction
This aircraft was a Waco 10 GXE with original manufacturer’s
serial number 1755. The Advance Aircraft Company, Troy,
OH built it during July 1928. As a 3-place aircraft, it
left the factory at 2,025 lbs., with a 90 HP Curtiss OX-5
engine S/N 4292.
It was sold during August 1928 to John Francis Casey of Shrewsbury,
NJ for $3,120. Casey, in turn, sold it to William Barclay
Harding of Rumson, NJ on 8/20/28. It was immediately entered
and flown in the 1928
NY to Los Angeles Air Race (“On to Los Angeles”).
We find NC7375 landing twice at Tucson. Both landings, on
9/9/1928 and on 9/21/1928, were piloted by Stuart
Chadwick with owner Mr. Harding as passenger. “On to Los Angeles”
began on September 5th in New York and ended about a week
later in LA. Chadwick and Harding’s first landing occurred
on their way to Los Angeles (inbound from Lordsburg, NM) during
the competition. The second was probably the return trip east
after the race.
Harding sold the airplane on 4/22/29 to Paul T. Gee of Daytona
Beach, FL. It sold again on 12/3/29 to Mrs. Revena Cowan of
Daytona Beach. On 1/28/30 the airplane, “failed to recover
from a side slip. Plane stalled and slipped into the sand.”
Landing gear, prop, center section and struts “washed
out.” Student pilot Windor M. Cowan was uninjured.
On 5/9/30 the airplane was sold to Curtiss-Wright Flying
Service of Atlanta, GA. It was sold without engine, to be
used for ground school instruction. Registration cancelled
UPLOADED: 07/24/05 REVISED: 03/20/06