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STEARMAN C-3-B NC8809

 

Stearman NC8809, Netherlands, 1929 (Source: Loep)
Stearman NC8809, Netherlands, 1929 (Source: Loep)

 

NC8809 landed once at Pitcairn Field April 15, 1929, flown by its usual pilot, Ross Hadley. He identified his homebase as "Hollywood, CA" and did not cite a destination.

I say "usual pilot," because the airplane is also logged twice in the Clover Field Register and three times in the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register, and each time it was flown by Hadley. The technography for NC8809 is online at the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site at the link.

Photograph, right, was taken on a "Vluchtsportdag," a sports flying day at Schiphol, Amsterdam. Hadley flew throughout Europe and beyond with this airplane, traveling to the far east. The airplane wore a couple of different paint schemes, including a patriotic paint scheme with stars and stripes.

At one point Hadley was president of Pacific Aeromotive Corp., a distributor of Wright engines and an aviation accessories maintenance shop based at Los Angeles Mines Field. He carried Transport pilot certificate T3189.

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