Registration Number NC7725
This aircraft is a Ryan B-1 Brougham, S/N 173. It derives
from the same lineage as the “Spirit of St. Louis”,
and was built the following year. The B.F. Mahoney Aircraft
Corp., San Diego, CA manufactured it on 9/1/28. It was equipped
with a 220 HP Wright J-5A Whirlwind engine, S/N B-9187. As
a five-place aircraft, it weighed 3,300 pounds.
The airplane landed at Tucson on 12/16/1928 piloted solo
by N.L. Elmore. He arrived from San Diego and was outbound
for El Paso the same day.
It seems this airplane stayed in the service of the Mahoney
Aircraft Corp. for about seven months. On 2/7/29 a request
by telegraph was sent for an “NC” license because,
“Mahoney-Ryan Directors Knight and Bixby taking plane
to Cuba next Saturday.” No record if the Cuba flight
was made, but the airplane was sold to Aero Service, Inc.
of Goshen, IN and the “NC” registration wasn’t
issued until 5/24/29.
The airplane suffered an accident at Goshen, IN on 8/24/29.
The reason was a, “defective shock strut broken.”
Pilot Edwin Voras (transport license #2918) was uninjured.
The airplane sold four more times until 1935, making its way
from Indiana to North Dakota and Minnesota.
On 8/11/35, about three miles from Worthington, MN pilot
Peter H. LaFrenz (transport license #24858) was killed along
with three passengers. The record says, “Suits amounting
to $30,000 filed against Worthington Civic and Commerce Association,
which sponsored air show that day. Dismissed by court decision
10/37 for failing to prove cause for action.” Aircraft
registration cancelled as of 8/11/35.
UPLOADED: 07/26/05 REVISED: