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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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WACO 10 NC8505

Registration Number NC8505

An Illinois Airplane Plagued By Wind And Accidents

This aircraft was a Waco 10 with original manufacturer’s serial number 1813. The Advance Aircraft Company, Troy, OH built it on March 11, 1929. It left the factory at 2,050 lbs., with a 90 HP Curtiss OX-5 engine S/N A-4981. It was a three-passenger airplane.

It sold on March 11, 1929 (via Chicago Aero Sales of Lyons, IL) to Ralph D. Schellenberger of Cicero, IL. A little over a year later, on May 5, 1930, it was wrecked by violent winds on the ground at La Grange, IL. It was repaired and returned to service on June 20, 1930.

Near that time, on August 22, 1930, we find NC8505 at Tucson. It was eastbound from Los Angeles, CA back to to Chicago, piloted solo by Charles A. Rector.

A year later, on August 1, 1931, the airplane was sold to Edward Sass of Hinsdale, IL, and then to Chicago Aero Sales Corp. of La Grange, IL on July 26, 1932 after an accident at Des Plaine, IL on July 8th. Chicago Aero fixed it and it was back flying again on August 3, 1932 with 583:20 total flight hours.

On October 19, 1932 it suffered its final accident at Morris, IL and was, “washed out.” Registration cancelled November 7, 1932. R.I.P NC8505.

UPLOADED: 08/05/05 REVISED: 10/21/11

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