Registration Number NS-6762
This aircraft is a Stinson SM-1D Detroiter, manufacturer’s
serial number 302. It was manufactured in July, 1928 by Stinson
Aircraft Corporation, Northville, MI. Engine information is
not recorded on the NASM data sheets. It weighed 3,485 pounds.
This airplane served with the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
and it visited the Davis-Monthan Airfield at least six times
under that banner. It first landed at Tucson on October 19, 1928
piloted by Roy L. Mitchell carrying passenger B.R. Good. They
were inbound from El Paso, TX headed back east again for Tallulah,
LA where the airplane was based.
The last five landings at Tucson, during May and October
1930, were piloted by G.C. McGinley. For the May landings
he carried two passengers; in October he carried none. These
last visits seemed to be relatively local southwest flights
to and from Phoenix, Calexico, El Paso and as far west as
El Centro, CA. I have no idea why these flights were undertaken. If you do, please let me KNOW.
In 1932, the airplane was exported to Nova Scotia (Service
Airways, Ltd. Sydney, NS) via Becker-Turner Flying Service
of Jackson, MI. Its registration was changed to CF-AUH in
Canada. It exchanged hands four times while in Canada, ultimately
being destroyed on 3/2/37 during a hangar fire at Hudson,
UPLOADED: 07/09/05 REVISED: 11/20/12