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FLEET HUSKY 1/2 NC8602

Registration Number NC8602

Plane Vanilla

This aircraft was a Fleet Husky 1/2 (also called a Consolidated Husky Junior Model 14) with original manufacturer’s serial number 16. The Fleet Aircraft Company, Buffalo, NY built it on March 1, 1929. It left the factory at 1,580 lbs., with a 140 HP Warner Scarab engine S/N 140. It was a two-passenger airplane that visited the Airfield twice. See its sister ship, NC8601.

It sold on March 2, 1929 simultaneously to United Aviation Corp., Chicago, IL, then to Scenic Airways, Inc. of Phoenix, AZ. On March 25, 1929 a strong wind upon landing at El Paso, TX caused the airplane to ground loop. The left wing, propeller and landing gear were damaged. Pilot and passenger were uninjured.

The airplane was sold on July 27, 1929 to Travel Airways, Inc. of Colorado Springs, CO, then, on October 23, 1929 back to Scenic Airways back in Phoenix.

We find the airplane at Tucson for the first time on January 22, 1930 piloted solo by C.E. Robey. He was on his way from El Paso, TX to Phoenix, AZ. It landed again on April 18, 1930 piloted by J.B. Plosser carrying one passenger, Hollis Clark. They were northbound from Bisbee, AZ to Phoenix.

A month later, on May 24, 1930, the airplane was sold for $1,600 to Robert V. Weil of Inglewood, CA. It sold twice more before coming under the ownership of John H. Nagel of Montebello, CA on February 15, 1932. It suffered two more accidents, until, finally, at Montebello on September 25, 1932 it was “washed out”. Registration was cancelled October 14, 1932.

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