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This information comes from the listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed aircraft reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.

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Your copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register with all the pilots' signatures and helpful cross-references to pilots and their aircraft is available at the link. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.

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Motion picture footage of a restored Boeing 40 is available here. This seven-minute film is worth viewing, as this is the only example flying.

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BOEING MODEL 40-B-4 NC843M

Boeing Model 40-B-4 NC843M

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This airplane is a Boeing Model 40-B-4 (S/N 1169; ATC #183), manufactured in February 1930 by the Boeing Airplane Company, Seattle, WA.  It left the factory with a Pratt & Whitney Hornet CA engine (S/N 430) of 525 HP. It was a large, five-place airplane, weighing 6,075 pounds.  The pilot sat in an open cockpit.

Unlike its sister ship NC842M, which was used as a company demonstrator, this airplane was sold directly on February 6, 1930 to Western Air Express, Los Angeles, CA.  It wore the title, “W.A.E. #55”. Below, courtesy of Tim Kalina, is an image of 843M in W.A.E. livery.

Boeing Model 40-B-4, Circa 1930, Location Unknown (Source: Kalina)
Boeing Model 40-B-4, Circa 1930, Location Unknown

We find NC843M at Tucson on February 12, 1930 flown solo by Erik Nelson.  He is eastbound from San Diego, CA to St. Louis, MO.  There is no clue in the Register or in the NASM record as to why he would be flying a new W.A.E. airplane to St. Louis.

There is scant information about this airplane in the NASM records.  It was flight-tested by Boeing pilot E.T. Allen, then ferried south from Seattle to Oakland, CA by Grover Tyler.  There is record of a “minor accident”, but no dates or details.  If you know more about this airplane, please let me know.

Pilot Tyler ferried another Register Boeing to its new owners, NC178E. With thanks to his grandson, we know quite a bit about Grover Tyler, which is presented at the link for 178E.

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