Photo Essay:The Blakesburg Fly-In
Antique airplanes—the cream of the crop—fluttered around corn country to celebrate an air mail birthday.
- By airspacemag.com
- AirSpaceMag.com, November 18, 2008
1931 Stinson SM-6000B
Livery: American Airways
Tail number NC11153
Greg Herrick’s Stinson Tri-motor (at bottom, with Ford Tri-motor and Waco ASO above) was sold, brand-new, to Century Airlines in 1931, then to American Airways the following year, where it carried mail and passengers. It is the oldest surviving American Airlines airplane. The Stinson flew the mail from Blakesburg to Ottumwa to Iowa City and back on August 29.