Ex-Duster Still Registered With the FAA
This workhorse airplane landed at Tucson Wednesday, May 21, 1930 at 1:15 PM. It was flown solo by Mason Menefee, who commented in the REMARKS column of the Register, "Too dusty and hot". Based in Houston, TX, he was westbound from Lordsburg, NM to Los Angeles, CA.
Interestingly, this airplane seems to be one of two new Command-Aires flying the same itinerary that day. NR996E, flown solo by pilot Craig Bingham, logged its arrival a minute before NR997E. Bingham also noted, "Too hot".
Equally as interesting, both these airplanes are still registered with the FAA, having been recently owned by the same person (refer to the PDF download in the left sidebar). Below, a contemporary image of NC997E by Gilles Auliard.
Command-Aire NC997E in the Air Over Wisconsin, 2006
Refer to the PDF download, left sidebar, for earlier images and a more detailed history. When it landed at Tucson, it was probably owned by Curtiss Flying Service of Houston, TX, and was probably configured as a duster aircraft. It was registered "NR" (restricted) to reflect that status.
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