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WACO Model RNF NC663Y
NC663Y (S/N 3356) was manufactured April 15, 1931. It arrived at Pitcairn Field a month later on May 16, 1931. It was flown from Schenectady, NY (solo?) by Irving Langmuir. Langmuir would, a year after his landing, win the Nobel Prize for physics. He cited no destination or purpose for his flight.
NC663Y is still registered with the FAA, and is owned and flown by a private individual in Troy, OH. Its airworthiness certificate expires May 31, 2019. Undated photographs, courtesy of Andy Heins (right sidebar) and the National Waco Club online photo collection, are below. First is a historic view of the airplane.
Next are two contemporary views of the airplane. The first shows the airplane on the ground. Note, compared to the photo above, the absence of the Townend Ring around the engine, and the difference in the landing gear fairings.
Next, NC663Y aloft.
The manufacturer's specification sheet is below. NC663Y left the factory on April 15, 1931. It was equipped with a Heywood starter and a metal propeller, but little more besides basic instrumentation. It left the factory with a Warner engine, S/N 847. It was painted all over blue, with silver wings.
NC663Y was transferred to a distributor by the factory. There is a curious disagreement between its date of delivery in 1931 and the delivery of some parts documented in the second column, below. The sheet specifies that a tail wheel fork, carburetor heater and winter nose bowl were delivered late in 1930, some months before it apparently left the factory. Perhaps it was used as a factory demonstrator for six months before it was transferred to Inter-City Airways.
Regardless, as best I can determine, it was transferred to its first owner, pilot Langmuir, on October 1, 1932. Since Langmuir brought it through Willow Grove 18-months earlier, perhaps he rented it from Inter-Cities for his flight. Other dates on this page include October 1, 1933, October 1, 1937, December 1, 1938, April 1, 1941, February 26, 1943, March 30, 1944 and December 1, 1945. It would be a guess to suggest what these dates represent (re-registration dates?). It does appear that at least one other person, H. Leslie Jones of Texas, owned the airplane.
I have no information about its chain of custody between 1945 and its current owner in Ohio. If you can help fill in the blanks, please let me KNOW. NC663Y appeared only once at Pitcairn Field and in no other Register.
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