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FORD 5-AT-B NC9641

FORD 5-AT-B NC9641

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This airplane is a Ford 5-AT-B tri-motor (S/N 5-AT-19; ATC # 156) manufactured in January 1929 by the Stout Metal Airplane Company (Division of Ford Motor Company), Dearborn, MI.  It came from the factory with three Pratt & Whitney Wasp engines (S/Ns L 1051, R 1052, C 1050) of 400 HP each.  It weighed 13,250 pounds.

It sold on March 6, 1929 to Maddux Air Lines, Los Angeles, CA.  It had a “Hi-speed” modification on May 13, 1931 during its air line duties. We find NC9641 at Tucson once, mid-morning on March 8, 1929 flown by John Guglielmetti.  He carried Les Rhodda, his mechanic, as the only passenger.  They were westbound from Detroit, MI to Los Angeles, undoubtedly flying the airplane from the factory on its maiden voyage out west.

On April 21, 1931 the airplane was sold to Transcontinental and Western Air, Inc., Wilimington, DE.  It was flown by TWA until February 17, 1936, when it was sold to Leslie G. Mulzer of Columbus, OH.  Mulzer operated the Mulzer Flying Service, Inc. at Norton Field in Columbus.  He flew the airplane three years.

In March 1939 it was sold to Aerovias Nacionales, San Jose, Costa Rica.  There was no bill of sale.  No further information.

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