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STINSON SB-1 DETROITER NC877

STINSON SB-1 DETROITER NC877

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This aircraft is a Stinson SB-1 Detroiter, manufacturer’s serial number 114 (ATC #not identified).  It was manufactured August 1, 1927 by Stinson Aircraft Corporation, Northville, MI.  It left the factory with a 200 HP Wright J-5 CA Whirlwind engine, S/N B 7570.  It weighed 3,280 pounds. 

It was sold on August 1, 1927 to George A. Weis, Inc., Mineola, NY (George A. Weis, Jr., President).  Weis landed NC877 at Tucson on the morning of September 7, 1928.  He carried Bessie Davis as passenger.  Based at Garden City, NY, they were westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA.  The upbeat Weis noted in the Register on this fall day, "Fine field and service".

About two weeks later, on September 22, 1928, Weis sold NC877 to Thomas Gerard, Fairbanks, AK.  Gerard held transport license #2171 and mechanic’s license #2549.  The airplane had accumulated about 275 flight hours.  On November 20, 1928, Gerard had an accident with the airplane at Holy Cross, AK.  He broke a ski on rough ground and crashed into brush.  There was damage to the lower wings, propeller and landing gear.  These were repaired on site, since the crash was 500 miles from Fairbanks.

NC877 sold twice more in 1929, winding up with Alaskan Airways, Inc. until September 1, 1932 when it sold to Pacific Alaska Airways, Inc., New York, NY.  Pacific Alaska reported on October 3, 1932 that, “this job cut to pieces, completely disassembled.”  The registration was cancelled October 26, 1932.  No further information.

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