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BACH NC302E

This airplane is a model 3-CT-6 trimotor. It landed Wednesday, March 6, 1929 at 4:55PM. It remained in Tucson for two days, departing on the 8th at 9:00AM. It was flown by William Frye with copilot Robert E. Kennedy. They carried six unidentified passengers. Arriving from Los Angeles, CA via Phoenix, AZ, their itinerary was listed in the Register as Tucson, then Douglas, AZ and El Paso, TX. Pilot certificates "#1157" was noted after Frye's name, and "#920" was noted after Kennedy's name.

Below, courtesy of Rob Bach (cited, right sidebar) are several images of this handsome airplane. The first includes the manufacturer, Morton Bach.

NC302E With Morton Bach, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Bach)
NC302E With Morton Bach, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Bach)

Below, a profile which shows clearly the registration number. On the fuselage is the Pickwich Airways logo. NC302E was flying for Pickwick when it landed at Tucson.

NC302E in Profile, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Bach)
NC302E in Profile, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Bach)

Below, NC302E at the Bach factory, probably about the time of its manufacture.

NC302E at Bach Factory, Date Unknown (Source: Bach)
NC302E at Bach Factory, Date Unknown (Source: Bach)

Below, NC302E upon departure.

NC302E Take-off, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Bach)
NC302E Take-off, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Bach)

Below, the interior of NC302E. Notice the light-weight wicker and leather passenger seats that do not appear to be anchored to the floor. The pilot and copilot's seatbacks are fastened to the cockpit door. The control console includes three round throttle knobs.

NC302E Interior, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Bach)
NC302E Interior, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Bach)

A couple of months after it was in Tucson, NC302E suffered an accident where the tail snapped off on landing. Kennedy was involved in that accident. A month after that, it was destroyed in a fire while being rebuilt (possibly the Bach Aircraft Co. hangar fire). No further information.

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