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Title
Travel Air "Mystery" plane
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
1931
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
A Travel Air "Mystery Ship" belonging to Florence Lowe "Pancho" Barnes (1901-1975) shown at Union Airport (Bob Hope Airport) in Burbank. In 1929, the first sleek little black and red Model-R mono-plane was flown to Cleveland from Wichita just before the National Air Races and was immediately placed in a hangar and covered with a canvas tarp. This secrecy of the plane's identity resulted in it being nicknamed the "Mystery Ship." "Pancho" Barnes, grand-daughter of Thaddeus S. C. Lowe of Mount Lowe fame, was a pioneer of women's aviation and the owner of the celebrated Happy Bottom Riding Club located in the Antelope Valley. After her death, her Mystery Ship shown here was stored in a hangar at Mojave Airport, but was later sold to a private collector and is currently in the United Kingdom waiting to be restored. Photo dated: March 2, 1931.
Type
Image
Format
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Identifier
00069798
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Transportation-Aviation-Airplanes.
CARL0000073693
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/110645
Subject
Bob Hope Airport (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Travel Air aircraft
Airplanes--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Airports--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Hangars--California--Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Barnes, Pancho,1901-1975
Burbank (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Travel Air (Firm)

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