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1924 Travel Air 1000, c/n 1, NC241
1929 Travel Air 4000, c/n 1295, NC367M
1932 17R, c/n 1, NC499N
1934 B17L, c/n 21, NC14409 - Collins Staggerwing
1936 C17L, c/n 100, N962W - Cianchette Staggerwing
1938 S18D, c/n 178, CF-BKO
1938 E17B, c/n 231, NC19467 - O.A. Beech Staggerwing
1939 F17D, c/n 333, NC20798
1940 D17S, c/n 395, N20753 - Parker Staggerwing
1944 D17S, c/n 6914, N35JM Munroe Staggerwing
1946 G17S, c/n B-3, N44G - "Big Red"
1946 G17S, c/n B-7, NC80308 Parker Staggerwing #2
1947 35, c/n 18, NC80418
1952 D18S, c/n A-935, N4477
1954 C-45H, c/n AF-824, N7916A
1959 Super E18S, c/n BA-453, N712JS - "Miss Maine"
Travel Air Model R "Mystery Ship" Racing Wings and Tail Group
Model 17 Gear Retraction Model
Model 17 Windtunnel Model
UC-45J Cockpit Display
1960 95-55, c/n TC-1, N9695R Kimmel Baron
1989 A-36, c/n E-2503, N9697R Reiss Turbine Bonanza
1962 D-50E Excalibur, c/n DH-326, N14VU Fabick Twin Bonanza
1961 Super V Bonanza, c/n SV-109D-549, N3124V
Cutaway Bonanza V-35B
1994 Model 2000A Starship, c/n NC-49, XA-TQF, ex-N8224Q
1999 Cianchette Lionheart , c/n 003, N985CC
Travel Air 1000
In 1921, Lloyd Stearman and Walter Beech worked together at Swallow Aircraft Company in Wichita, KS. By December, 1924, they, along with William Snook, had a promising new design for a biplane. Stearman recruited Clyde Cessna to join the group. The new company, Travel Air Manufacturing Co., Inc., was announced by its President Walter P. Innes, Jr. on January 26, 1925.
Aviation and Aero Digest carried the coverage of this endeavor.
The first Travel Air was built in a tiny 30 x 30 leased building in Wichita. In early February 1925 all materials for the first biplanes were on order and enroute to Wichita. Once the aircraft was finished, it was disassembled, and towed by flatbed truck to the California section of town, southeast of downtown Wichita, and reassembled for its maiden flight.
On March 13, 1925, Irl Beach was at the controls for a completely successful first flight. That same day, three speed runs were made, clocking 96 mph with a pilot and one passenger. With the same load, a 1,000 climb required 1 min. 6 sec. Takeoff tests were also performed with a load of 1,119 lbs. Takeoff roll with that load was 451, with a time to climb to 500 of 2 min. 3 sec.
Walter Beech flew Travel Air No. 1 to St. Louis for a demonstration flight to O.E. Scott. He was so impressed that he bought the airplane on the spot! The airplane is on loan to the Museum from the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, WI
c/n: 1, mfg. March 13, 1925
Number Built: 1
Gross Wt (lbs): 2,050
Empty Wt (lbs): 1,300
Wingspan (ft): 33'
Length (ft): 23'6"
Engine: Curtiss OX-5
Type Certificate: none
Selling Price $ 3500.00
Maximum Speed (mph): 96.5
Landing Speed (mph): 38
Fuel-Std/opt (gals): 35
Range (MI): 450
Output (HP): 90
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