Registration Number NC8203
Crashed On Purpose; Carried Away By
This aircraft is an Alexander Eaglerock A-4, S/N 762 (ATC#
59). It was manufactured in February 1929 by the Alexander
Aircraft Company, Colorado Springs, CO. It came from the factory
with a 180 HP Hispano-Suiza “E” engine S/N 49775.
It weighed 2,618 pounds as a three-place airplane.
On 2/7/29 it sold to National Park Scenic Airways, Inc.,
Billings, MT. It sold three more times to Wyoming owners through
1931. We find the airplane at Tucson on 12/17/1933 piloted
solo by Leslie C. Finley on his way from Wichita, KS to Los
Angeles, CA. He gave his home base as Honolulu, HI. He was
a long way from home.
It sold another nine times between its visit to Tucson and
1937. It remained near its birthplace in the Colorado Springs
area all that time, finally moving on 5/1/37 to the hangar
of Rex Murphy of Pueblo, CO. He had a use for the airplane.
On the day of sale, 5/1/37, he crashed the airplane at Pueblo.
In a letter of 4/7/38, Inspector S.L. Willits reports, “Ship
crashed as a stunt at Pueblo Fair Grounds. Ship and engine
carried away by spectators.” Registration cancelled
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