Registration Number NC8176
The Owner Rode Shotgun
This airplane is a Travel Air Model S-6000-B, manufacturer’s
serial number 968. It was manufactured 3/18/1929 by Travel
Air Manufacturing Company, Inc., Wichita, KS. It came from
the factory with a 300 HP Wright J-6 engine, S/N 10198. The
five-place airplane weighed 4,230 pounds. It was purchased,
and license applied for, on 3/18/29 by T.A.T. Flying Service,
Fort Worth, TX.
It was involved in an accident in Stockbridge, GA on 11/15/29,
because of, “forced landing due to rain and fog. Unable
to locate suitable landing place.” There was damage
to propeller and landing gear. Pilot Thomas F. Gill (transport
license #217) and five passengers were uninjured.
It was repaired and transferred as a six-place airplane without
bill of sale in December 1929 to S.A.T. Flying Service, Inc.,
Fort Worth, TX. It went through two engine changes with S.A.T.,
and then, on 10/8/31 it was sold to Reginald L. Robbins of
Fort Worth, TX. Another Wright J-6 engine was installed, and
the copilot seat was moved to the rear and all baggage compartments
were removed as of 10/24/31.
On 11/27/31 the airplane was sold to Will Horwitz, Houston,
TX. Horwitz had a student pilot permit. He must have had the
copilot’s seat replaced, because the record states that
the, “owner rides in copilot’s seat.”
We find NC8176 at Tucson somewhere between the 1st and 10th
of February 1932, piloted by W.A. Stewart carrying Mr. &
Mrs. Will Horwitz as passengers. Their homebase is cited as
Houston, TX, but their origin and destination are not recorded.
On 11/16/32 the airplane sold to E.D. Mathis of McAllen,
TX. There is no record of total flight time, as the airplane
records were lost. The NASM record does say that the airplane
was not flown while in possession of Mathis. He sold it on
2/14/33 to Sr. Benigno Ferrato, Governor of the State of Michoacan,
Uruapan, Mexico. The airplane went to Mexico and the registration
was cancelled 3/3/33.
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