“That Big Biplane” | 1929 Zenith Z6A

One of the Zenith's most distinctive features is the large cabin in front of the pilot, which holds a table and four seats. (Don Parsons)
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Frequently restorers will need a deadline like Oshkosh to make the final push to finish a project. At Creve Coeur, we were thankful for the extra pressure because it gave John Mullen the chance to taxi his airplane. A few days later, John died. Today, Mullen’s son Shaun owns the aircraft and is looking for a buyer.

Whoever buys the Zenith will have the third of the series and sole survivor, but another exists. Zenith Number 5 flew in Alaska for several years until its crew landed it on a frozen lake and walked to a shoreline restaurant. While they were eating, they heard a cracking sound and came out just in time to see Number 5 sink in 600-foot-deep Lake Cordova, where the airplane remains to this day.

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