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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 60096
Last updated: 12 October 2021
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Date:11-AUG-1927
Time:day
Type:Bryant Monoplane
Owner/operator:Arthur V. Rogers
Registration: NX705
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Vail Field, Montebello, San Gabriel Valley, California -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Vail Field, Montebello, California
Destination airport:Vail Field, Montebello, California
Narrative:
A World War One flying ace, Captain Arthur V. Rogers entered his Bryant cantilever monoplane in the Dole Race from Oakland, California to Hawaii, for which was a $35,000 first prize. The plane was named 'Angel of Los Angeles'. Designed by Leslie Bryan, the aircraft was unusual in that its two engines were arranged in tandem, one a tractor the other a pusher.

On the 11th of August 1927 Arthur Rogers took his aircraft for a trial flight at Vail Field, Montebello, San Gabriel valley, eight miles east of Los Angeles, California. Apparently returning to the airfield for landing, the plane was seen to enter a dive from a low altitude. According to the headline in the "New York Times" (12 August 1927):

"THIRD DOLE FLIER KILLED IN CRASH AT LOS ANGELES: Accident to Capt. A. V. Rogers Makes Three Planes Wrecked Among Entrants. HIS WIFE SEES THE TRAGEDY Parachute Leap Apparently Failed After Plane Nose Dived at 150 Feet."

The pilot was reported to have attempted to bail out, but there was insufficient height for his parachute to open.

Sources:

1. http://www.thisdayinaviation/com/tag/arthur-v-rogers/
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accmisc.htm
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_N2.html
4. https://todayinhistory.blog/2018/08/16/august-16-1927-the-dole-air-race/
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dole_Air_Race
6. The New York Times. 12 August 1927.

Media:

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-May-2009 19:39 angels one five Added
28-Dec-2011 01:25 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
03-Oct-2016 20:20 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Location, Source, Narrative]
13-Feb-2019 23:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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