Travel Airs at Shore­ham

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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

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