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FAIRCHILD MODEL 17 NC9734

GONE TO UNCLE SAM

This airplane is a Fairchild 17 (S/N 605; ATC #89) manufactured in December 1928 by the Fairchild Airplane Manufacturing Corporation, Farmingdale, LI, NY. It came from the factory with a Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine of 410HP (S/N 983). It was a seven-place airplane which could fly on floats or wheels. It weighed 5,500 pounds.

NC9734 sold on January 25, 1929 to Lionel T. Barneson of Los Angeles, CA (petroleum business; J.E. Elliott, partner) for $18, 400. It was shipped to California by ocean steam ship "S.S. Dakotan".

NC9734 landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield twice. The first time, on 3/18/1929, it was piloted by Pat Farris and carried five passengers, including Mr. Elliott. They were eastbound from Los Angeles to Ft. Worth, TX. The second landing, also piloted by Farris, was on 5/9/1929. On this flight he carried his wife and Mr. Barneson. They were northwest bound from El Paso, TX to Phoenix, AZ.

General Petroleum Corporation of California bought the airplane on June 21, 1929 (Barneson was president of this company). Then the Great Depression kicked in. It sold thirteen times between 1931 and 1938, moving around from California to Portland, OR to Salt Lake City, UT to Austin, TX.

On April 7, 1938 it sold to Robert Coltharp operating as Southwestern Aerial Surveys in Austin, TX. On October 9, 1938 it suffered an accident at Boulder City, NV, which cracked the left rear spar and damaged fairings, fuselage and tail surfaces.

It continued to fly with Southwestern until August 10, 1942 when it was purchased by the Defense Supplies Corporation, Washington, DC. They, in turn, sold it to the War Department on October 29, 1942 and it was flown under Army auspices after that. No further information on the final disposition of NC9734.

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