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Meteor model RKM1 NX848E was manufactured during 1929 as S/N 2. It was made by Jess Clark & Delmer Wood, known as Clark & Wood, of 807 W. Noble Ave., Visalia, CA. The airplane was known as a Meteor. It left the factory with a 100HP Kinner engine (S/N K-333). Its experimental license was applied for under application A-8138. It was a two-place airplane. It was sold initially to Gene Tedford of Minneola, KS.

Our airplane landed once at Tucson on May 16, 1931. Pilot Ken Baetz carried one passenger, Jack Byrd. They were eastbound from Yuma, AZ to Wichita, KS.

The image below is on page 54 of John Underwood's "Madcaps, Millionaires and 'Mose.'" Another photograph of NX848E dated 1928 is at the link. Thanks to Guest Editor Bob Woodling for finding that image.

Meteor NX848E, 1930
Meteor NX848E, 1930

There is no data on this airplane at the Smithsonian. The FAA destroyed the records it kept for this airplane in 1978.


UPLOADED: 12/22/07 REVISED: 02/03/14

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---o0o--- Congress of Ghosts is an anniversary celebration for 2010.  It is an historical biography, that celebrates the 5th year online of and the 10th year of effort on the project dedicated to analyze and exhibit the history embodied in the Register of the Davis-Monthan Airfield, Tucson, AZ. This book includes over thirty people, aircraft and events that swirled through Tucson between 1925 and 1936. It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders. Order your copy at the link, or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.  ISBN 978-0-9843074-4-9.


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