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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.

Ruth M. Reinhold. 1982. "Sky Pioneering: Arizona in Aviation History" (University of Arizona Press, Tucson. ISBN 0-8165-0737-6).

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Registration Number NC8601

Plane Vanilla

This aircraft was a Fleet Husky (also called a Consolidated Husky Junior) with original manufacturer’s serial number 15. The Fleet Aircraft Company, Buffalo, NY built it on 3/1/29. It left the factory at 1,580 lbs., with a 110 HP Warner Scarab engine S/N 146. It was a two-passenger airplane that visited the Airfield twice.

It sold on 3/2/29 to United Aviation Corp. of Chicago, IL, then, two days later, to Scenic Airways, Inc. of Phoenix, AZ (J. Parker Van Zandt, President). It landed first at Tucson on 5/7/1929 piloted solo by Albert Pyle. He was northbound from Douglas, AZ to Phoenix.

It visited again a month later, on 6/3/1929, piloted by Charles Goldtrap carrying one unidentified passenger. They were westbound from Lordsburg, NM to Los Angeles, CA. Although both pilots indicated Phoenix as Home Base, neither indicated whether it was a revenue flight under Scenic Airlines. Pilot Goldtrap is cited in the Reinhold reference at left, page 184.

After Scenic Airlines, the airplane moved to Long Beach, CA and O’Donnell Aircraft, Inc. The company was owned by James Lloyd O’Donnell and Gladys O’Donnell, both well-known pilots and signers of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. They bought it on 4/5/30 from receivership on behalf of Scenic Airways.

It suffered an accident (nosed over on landing and wing struck ground) in the hands of a student pilot at Long Beach on 5/18/30. It received a new top wing and motor mount, and Warner engine S/N 184.

The O’Donnells sold it for $1,750 on 12/6/30 to John M. Burnley of Burnley Airport, Pomona, CA. On 6/13/31 Burnley sold it to Mrs. Minnie May Ord of Hynes, CA for $1,650. She sold it to Reuben F. Kovsky of Seal Beach, CA on 2/26/32, and she to Sydney Flying Service, San Antonio, TX on 8/2/33.

It suffered an accident at Tulsa, OK on 8/19/33. Registration cancelled 8/30/33.


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