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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
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    Model: 1000
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
Registration: NC241
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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