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1931 Stinson 6000B Trimotor
This wonderful Stinson airliner was built in early 1931 at the Stinson Aircraft factory in Wayne, Michigan. NC-11153 saw service for four airlines: Century Airlines, American Airways, Chicago and Southern Airlines, and Chesapeake Airways. It is American Airlines’ oldest surviving airliner and the livery, or paint scheme, you see it in now is exactly as it appeared when it was in service with American in 1932.
As the Depression set in, the Stinson’s new tri-motor was as competitive as one could be. The airplane was initially priced at $25,900.00 in 1931, and then lowered to $19,500.00 in 1932. Company literature from 1931 compared it to comparable planes selling for $65,000.00. The operating costs were indeed lower, which contributed to the survival of number of airlines during the Depression.
In March 2006, this airliner became 75 years old. In that time she has flown nearly 1,500,000 miles and carried over 100,000 passengers. In addition to the people, NC-11153 has carried horses, the mail, all kinds of freight and parcels, and has even been a crop sprayer and bush plane. Today, the NC-11153 has been restored to new condition and is looking forward to flying another 75 years!
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