Registration Number NC6020
“On to Los Angeles”
This aircraft is a Travel Air 2000, S/N 543 (ATC #30), manufactured
May 29, 1928 by Travel Air Manufacturing Co., Wichita, KS. It had
a Curtiss 90 HP OX-5 engine, S/N 7018. It weighed 2,180 pounds.
It was purchased for $3,082 on May, 1929 by H.C. Lippiatt of Hollywood,
CA, a dealer in Travel Air planes for southern California.
We first see NC6020 at Tucson on June 4, 1928, flown by Mr. Lippiatt.
He was enroute to Los Angeles, CA from Wichita, undoubtedly ferrying
the airplane from the factory. He sold the airplane to California
Airways, Inc. of Los Angeles on June 8, 1928 for $3,410. He made
$328 on the deal, which included his ferry time, fuel, overhead
and paperwork: an acceptable profit margin, probably, for
better than a week’s work in 1928.
We next see NC6020 at Tucson September 9, 1928, flown by George
W. Brill. Pilot Brill and the Travel Air were competitors in
the 1928 National Air Races, “On to Los Angeles.” They took 23rd place, finishing the New York to Los Angeles
route in 44:44:06.
Five months later, the airplane suffered an accident at San
Gabriel, CA (forced landing due to overheated engine; insufficient
landing field). Pilot Robert S. LeRoy (transport license #1005)
was uninjured. The airplane had damage to lower wings, landing gear
The airplane then sold nine more times through 1933. It was
re-engined three times, and minor repairs and re-covering
were recorded three times. Finally, it had an accident at
Norwalk, CA on February 24, 1935. The left upper wing from this airplane
was installed on NC1592 (S/N 196), which also landed twice
at Tucson. I have no information on NC1592. Can anyone
HELP? Registration NC6020 was cancelled February 24, 1935.
UPLOADED: 07/09/05 REVISED: 09/11/11, 12/10/12