Registration Number NC9231
Sold Into Mexico
This aircraft is a Ryan B-5, S/N 142. It was built on 5/20/29
by The Mahoney-Ryan Aircraft Corp., St. Louis, MO. It was
equipped with a 300 HP Wright J-6 R-975A engine, S/N 10243.
It weighed 4,000 pounds as a six-place aircraft.
It sold on 6/15/29 to Aircraft Holdings, Inc. of Albuquerque,
NM. Now comes NC9231 to the Davis-Monthan Airfield on 10/21/1930
piloted by B.H. Holmes carrying three unidentified passengers.
They were on a round-robin flight from Albuquerque, NM. Please click to see an image of this airplane in Aircraft Holdings
Aircraft Holdings operated the airplane for about 600 flight
hours, enduring two accidents at Silver City, NM (8/14/32)
and El Paso, TX (10/16/34). They sold the airplane on 11/28/34 to El Paso
Air Service, who operated flights into Mexico.
The airplane suffered an accident in Tomichi, Sonora, Mexico
on 11/16/35 at 836:55 flight hours. Repairs were made to the
right wing and it was approved for flight on 1/15/36. It was
seized by U.S. Customs at Douglas, AZ for failing to give
notice of expected arrival. As of 7/8/36 it was released by
Customs and charges were dropped.
It sold twice more, had another minor accident, and finally,
on 9/29/42, sold to Alberto Ruiz de la Pena of Chihuahua,
Mexico. With over 1,300 flight hours, the U.S. registration
was cancelled on 11/24/42. Final disposition of the aircraft
UPLOADED: 08/16/05 REVISED: 02/17/07