Registration Number NC8728
Along The Boulevard
This aircraft is a Swallow F-28-AX/F28W, S/N 1038 (ATC 125
& 51), manufactured in November 1929 by Swallow Airplane
Co., Wichita, KS. It was powered by an Axelson B 150 HP engine,
S/N B7-311. As a three-place airplane, it weighed 2,497 pounds.
It sold on 11/20/29 to Bryant G. Hall of Goleta, CA. At Carpenteria,
CA on 3/15/30 a windstorm caused the hangar to collapse and
the aircraft was “seriously damaged.” It was sold
on 4/9/30 to J.E. Granger, Inc. of Santa Monica, CA for rebuild.
As an aside, Jim Granger and his wife, Clema, signed the register
six times between 1930 and 1933. He was killed
in 1934 during take off for the Bendix Trophy Race. They
owned an aviation services company at Clover Field, Santa
New fuselage, wings, struts and fuel tank were installed by
the Grangers at a cost of $1,391.65 for parts. The airplane
was painted orange and blue, inspected and approved for flight
It went through two more owners on the west coast, finally
selling on 10/14/31 to Guy C. Cleveland of Los Angeles. Total
flight time was about 300 hours. Cleveland installed a Wright
J-5 engine mount and Wright J-5 engine S/N 4824 (220 HP).
We find NC8728 at Tucson on 9/5/1932 piloted solo by Guy
C. Cleveland. Based at Santa Monica, he was westbound from
El Paso to Santa Monica.
Mr. Cleveland owned and flew the airplane for many years
when, on 6/11/39 at Santa Monica, he was, “approaching
for landing, gliding in and encountered a down draft which
put plane on level with trees. Pilot did not observe how close
trees were. Right wing struck tallest tree, turning plane
around 60 degrees and throwing it over so that it struck the
ground inverted. ‘Gusty winds’, CAVU (on Centinella
Blvd.). Three wings wrecked, with motor mount and front end
of fuselage, all interplane struts, landing gear and rudder.
$1,500 damage.” Pilot Cleveland was uninjured. The airplane
had accumulated 605 flight hours. Registration was cancelled
UPLOADED: 08/08/05 REVISED: