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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 26943
Last updated: 28 May 2020
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Type:Sikorsky S-29-A
Owner/operator:Caddo Company Incorporated
Registration: NC 2756
C/n / msn: 1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pacoima, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Oakland, CA
Destination airport:
The S-29-A was the first aircraft designed and built in the USA by Igor Sikorski.
It was a passenger carrying biplane powered by 2 Liberty engines.
The S-29-A carried a crew of two in an open cockpit and had enclosed accommodation for 16 passengers.

First flown in 1924, it was not a commercial success and after a varied career was purchased in 1927 by the former barnstorming pilot Roscoe Turner, who had been flying it for an earlier owner.
On the 3rd of April 1928 Turner sold the Sikorski, the only S-29-A ever built, to the Howard Hughes-owned company Caddo Co. Inc.

It crashed during the making of the movie ' Hell's Angels ' in which it was used to portray a German Gotha bomber.

During a scene depicting a dogfight between British fighters and a German bomber, the Sikorski went out of control and the pilot Al Wilson ordered a bail out.
The flight mechanic, Phil. Jones who was operating a smoke generator, failed to get out of the plane in time and was killed.


Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
17-May-2009 23:56 angels one five Updated
18-May-2009 01:04 angels one five Updated
18-May-2009 01:44 angels one five Updated
28-Dec-2011 01:47 angels one five Updated [Registration, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]

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