Flying Aces magazine, which was published in the middle of the last century, had for a while a monthly featured entitled, "Down Memory's Runway," where vintage (at the time) aircraft were featured in pictures and captions. Of course those same airplanes are practically prehistoric today. By 1942 when this column was published, biplanes had been replace by monoplanes as the standard commercial and military design. A 14-passenger Boeing 80-A passenger biplane is included, along with the statement that it is believed to be the only tri-motored biplane built in the U.S. Of course there was the famous Ford Trimotor, but it was a monoplane (see my Ford Trimotor ride video). Also included is a photo of Claude Ryan with his company's first M-1 monoplane. The swirled finish on the aluminum skin is very recognizable from Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis," which was built by Ryan Aeronautical Company.
Down Memory's Runway
Pioneer pullman of the air! This 14-passenger Boeing 80-A was the last word in airliners in 1929 and 1930. It was in service on the transcontinental route of Boeing Air Transport and is believed to be the only tri-motored biplane built in the U. S.
Young Claude Ryan with one of the first M-1 monoplanes turned out by his infant company. The plane was built early in 1926 and was powered by a Super Rhone engine.
The first world flight was made by Douglas Army W.C.'s in 1924, covering 26,345 miles in 363 hours and 7 minutes of flying. The trip was made in 5 months, 22 days.
Built for South American trade, this little known Stinson model "O" was sold in some quantity to the Argentine government. It was constructed during 1935 and had very little success in this country. Power was supplied by a Lycoming 225.
Posted October 5, 2019