Registration Number NC8953
Born In Illinois; Died In Wisconsin
This aircraft is a Monocoach, S/N 5002 (ATC #GR2-109), manufactured
May 16, 1929 by the Mono-Aircraft, Inc. Moline, IL. It had
a 225 HP Wright J-5 engine S/N B-8927. It weighed 3,092 pounds
as a four-place airplane. It was manufactured, “for
It served its exhibition time for 135 flight hours, then
was re-manufactured as of 8/21-22/29 under ATC #GR2-109. Fuselage
members were re-trussed.
It was sold on 6/28/30 to Robert
A. Purcell of Alliance,
OH. Purcell installed a “Curtiss ring” (17 pounds)
on the engine. We find pilot Purcell (private license #11805)
at Tucson with NC8953 on August 21, 1931. He was solo,
headed west from Roswell, NM to Santa Monica, CA.
Purcell accumulated 262 flight hours with it before he was
killed in June 1932. The airplane was placed in storage for
eighteen months before selling to W.P. Barnum of Youngstown,
OH. Barnum had the airplane re-covered and installed a tail
wheel. He flew the airplane less than ten hours during the
first year he owned it.
Jay Burkholder, Left, Date Unknown
Barnum sold it on February 3, 1936 to W. Edgar Leedy, Jr.
of Wheeling, WV with 344 flight hours. Leedy replaced the
windshield and skylight on June 4, 1937 with 405:40 flight
hours. The airplane sold twice more, owned finally by Jay
Burkholder of Galena, IL.
Burkholder (commercial license #14134; A&E #11009)
crashed the airplane in Spring Green, WI on August 7, 1938.
He was fatally injured and the airplane was “washed
The registration was cancelled.
While I don't have an image of NC8593 or any of the pilots
who flew it, at left is the airplane's last owner, Jay Burkholder,
in happier times with his family beside a different airplane.
This image is contributed to us by Charlotte Cook, daughter
of the infant girl shown here, born in February 1937, held
in Mrs. Burkholder's arms.
UPLOADED: 08/16/05 REVISED: 03/20/07, 10/29/07