Registration Number NX6197
No Sales Record
This aircraft is a Swallow G-29 S/N G-302 (ATC #51, issued
July 1928), sometimes called the Whirlwind Swallow or J5 Swallow.
It was manufactured in 1928 (exact date not given) by the
Swallow Airplane Company, Wichita, KS. It left the factory
with a 200 HP Wright J-5 engine, S/N B-8152. The manufacturer
requested an “NX” registration.
The J5 Swallow was about the same as other Swallows, except
for the installation of the 9-cylinder Wright engine and other
modifications made necessary to support the large engine.
A sister ship, NC6097, not entered in the Register is pictured
in Juptner, v.1, p.135.
We see NX6197 in Tucson twice, both times piloted by M.D.
Kirkpatrick. On 9/8/1928, inbound from El Paso headed for
Los Angeles, he was carrying passenger H.E. Odell. Ten days
later on 9/18/1928 he carried passenger Bill Long inbound
from Los Angeles headed for Wichita. There is nothing in the
record to indicate why these flights were made, or why they
spent 10 days in California. Demonstration, maybe?
The NASM record shows no sale of this airplane to any other
private owner. Its final disposition was, “destroyed
in [Wichita, KS] tornado 6/3/29 not to be rebuilt.”
The NX registration was cancelled 6/28/29.
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