Boeing 40-B-4 NC842M, Date & Location Unknown
Boeing Model 40-B-4 NC842M
This airplane is a Boeing Model 40-B-4 (S/N 1168; ATC #183),
manufactured in January 1930 by the Boeing Airplane Company,
Seattle, WA. It left the factory with a Pratt & Whitney
Hornet engine (S/N 325) of 525 HP. It was a large, five-place
airplane, weighing 6,075 pounds. The pilot sat in an
open cockpit. It had a radio installed. A left profile photograph of NC842M is at the link.
NC842M, much like its sister ship NC397E was
used by the Boeing Company as a demonstrator by none other
than Erik Nelson. Nelson was pilot of the Douglas World Cruiser,
Chicago. He and his team of other pilots and aircraft won
the Mackay Trophy for the very first around-the-world flight,
April 6th to September 28, 1924. After resigning
from the military, Nelson joined Boeing as a corporate officer.
NC842M was first test-flown by company pilot L.R. Tower. It
was ferried from Boeing Field, Seattle “south” by
Erik Nelson on February 3, 1930. It visits Tucson
on May 8, 1931 flown solo by Nelson. He is eastbound
from San Diego,
CA (Rockwell Field) to El Paso, TX.
The airplane sold on August 31, 1931 to United Air Lines,
Chicago, IL. It flew for United just over a year. On
December 13, 1932, flying from Chicago to Omaha, NB, it suffered
an accident at McClelland, IA about 8 miles east of Council
Bluffs. The pilot, E.B. Jeppesen (signed our Register
in 1929), suffered minor injuries. Carburetor ice
formed forcing the airplane down. The plane turned over,
caught fire and was destroyed. Final disposition given
tersely on the record: “crashed 12/32”.
Huntington, PA Daily News, December 13, 1932
National and local news articles from December, 1932 documented the crash of this airplane. These are shared with us by site visitor Charles Stockmyer in July, 2009.
At right, as happens many times in Golden Age reportage, pilot Jeppesen's name is misspelled.
Below, his initials are correct.
Oelwein, IA Daily Register, December 14, 1932
The biography of Jeppesen cited in the REFERENCES does not mention this particular flight, although the mail routes from Chicago westward are cited, as are other Boeing model 40's flown by Jeppesen. However, on page 485 of his biography, dated December 16, 1932, is mentioned a telegram to his mother. It is quoted in part, "Everything all right, am back flying...."
Salt Lake City Tribune, December 14, 1932
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