Travel Airs at Shoreham
The appearance of three 1920s Travel Air 4000s at Shoreham Airport in October presaged the start of the Crete2cape Vintageairrally on 12 November (see ‘ Pilot Notes’ page 7). All three were shipped in from the USA and Canada for re-assembly and test flying before making their way south to Crete on 25 October. Oldest of the trio is NC6263, built in 1928 and now powered by a Continental R-670. It is owned by Nick Oppegard from Alaska, who purchased it recently in Ohio. Built later the same year, Travel Air E-4000 NC9048 fitted with a Wright R670 is being flown by Pedro Langdon from Squamish, British Columbia.
The third aircraft NC8708, a 1929 Travel Air D-4000 now powered by a 225hp Wright R760A, is owned by Keith Kossuth from California. These aircraft, all acquired specifically for the rally, were fitted with an additional wing centre section fuel tank. Two Tiger Moths were also shipped in from South Africa for assembly and preparation at Shoreham. Report & photo Nigel Hitchman