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This airplane is a Ford 5-AT-B tri-motor (S/N 5-AT-19; ATC # 156) manufactured in January, 1929 by the Stout Metal Airplane Company (Division of Ford Motor Company), Dearborn, MI. It sold on March 6, 1929 to Maddux Air Lines, Los Angeles, CA. Below, is a brochure for Maddux Air Lines service offices that pictures NC9641 in flight over southern California. Please reward yourself and examine some of the other photographs at the link. You will find many images of the restoration of the GCAT building.
Two years later, on April 21, 1931 the airplane was sold to TWA (Transcontinental and Western Air, Inc.). The brochure cites routes and offices for Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT). Maddux, TAT and Standard Air Lines were merged into Transcontinental and Western Air near that time.
NC9641 landed twice at the Grand Central Air Terminal (GCAT). The first landing was on Sunday, December 21, 1930 at 12:38PM. The pilot was identified as "Whitney," (Frederic Whitney) arriving from San Francisco, CA. Interestingly, the airplane was identified as belonging to T.W.A. According to the record, it wasn't acquired officially by T.W.A. until four months later.
The second landing at GCAT was on Monday, May 5, 1931. This time neither pilot nor destination were cited. The airplane continued to fly for TWA. The airplane also landed once, on March 8, 1929, at the Davis-Monthan Airfield. Its sparse technography was originally written for the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site at the link. I have only this one photograph of the airplane. If you can help with better photos and more information, please let me KNOW.
THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 07/10/13 REVISED: 10/02/15