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This information comes from the listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed aircraft reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.

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OGDEN OSPREY PC NX187N

ONCE BURNED, TWICE BENT

This airplane (S/N 101) was manufactured during November 1929 by the Ogden Aeronautical Corporation, Inglewood, CA. Henry H. Ogden was VP and General Manager. NX187N left the factory with three American Cirrus engines. The NASM record does not record the serial number or horsepower ratings of them.

The airplane appears in the Register on Friday February 21, 1930 flown solo by Henry Ogden. Based in Los Angeles, CA he was headed southbound to Nogales, AZ. No purpose was noted for the trip. Pilot Ogden visited Tucson three times, twice in Ospreys (NR398V is the other) and once in a Kreutzer, NX71E. Ogden had also been at Tucson about six years earlier as mechanic on Leigh Wade's "Boston" World Flight Douglas Cruiser. You can see an image of him in that capacity, fourth from the left, here.

NX187N suffered an accident at Long Beach, CA (date not specified). Pilot Ogden and three passengers endured no injuries. I seems a tire blew with damage to a landing gear strut and cowling. It was repaired. It suffered another accident on May 30, 1930 at United Airport, Burbank, CA. Pilot Bob Burgin (not in the Register) and passengers endured no injuries. There was a fire in the airplane after takeoff, but it landed safely. All fabric on the fuselage, wing and tail was burned off. The landing gear and engines were undamaged.

Ogden wrote a letter to the Civil Aeronautics Authority on July 23, 1930 and requested that the registration be cancelled. The airplane was at that time disassembled, and parts were to be used in the manufacture of other aircraft. No further information.

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