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MONOSPORT MODEL 2 NC113K

 

NC113K in Side Elevation (Source: SLU)
NC113K in Side Elevation (Source: SLU)

 

Monosport NC113K (ATC #250; S/N 2006) landed twice at Parks Airport. It was one of seven of its type built by Mono Aircraft Corporation at Moline, IL. Its first visit was on October 14 or 15, 1929, flown by Les Bowman. Based at Buffalo, NY, he cited his destination as Los Angeles, CA. Photograph, left, from the Dwight P. Church Special Collections, St. Lawrence University (SLU) Libraries, Canton. NY.

No purpose was given for the flight, but, according to Juptner, this airplane was flown in the Class D category of the Miami to Cleveland Air Derby (part of the National Air Races) held in 1929. It placed 2nd. It was used by the Kinner Engine Company as a test bed and flown by Kinner test pilot Leslie Bowman. The airplane was new at the time, so this might have been a return to its new owner, the Kinner Airplane and Motor Company based in Los Angeles, after the Miami to Cleveland event.

A few months later, NC113K made its way to New York State and was purchased on May 19, 1930 by a photographer named Dwight P. Church of Canton, NY. The technography for NC113K is online at the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site at the link. Please direct your browser there for details of its life with Mr. Church.

Indeed, its second visit to Parks Airport was on Sunday March 16, 1930. Based at Los Angeles, it was flown by B.T. Stanley who cited his destination as Dayton, OH. This was probably the beginning of its eastward migration into the hands of Mr. Church.

NC113K also landed twice at Tucson, on March 7 and 14, 1930, flown by two pilots who were test pilots and demonstrators for the Kinner Airplane and Motor Company. Delta Mike Airfield supporter John Underwood states that NC113K , "... was still registered to Church as of 1/46. Almost certainly it was parted out during the war, after the ban on civilian flying...."

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