Brissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1559 times:
I got this card the other day from Mexico. From the reverse of the card I am able to date it to the early-mid 1920s. However, I don't know what type of aircraft it is. I think it is either a Ford or a Fokker aircraft.
Can someone please verify for me, what aircraft it is, and also what dates this aircraft was operated by Mexicana de Aviacion.
Starship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 15 Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1486 times:
Scotty, your picture is not downloading and I was unable to access it at geocities either. It is probably too big - perhaps you didn't resize it during the scanning process?
Anyway, some research in the Mexicana website produced the following.
During the early 1920s, Compañia Mexicana de Transportacion Aerea (CMTA) operated 10 Lincoln Standard biplanes on the Mexico City to Tampico route via Tuxpan.
In 1924 CMTA became CMA and two years later in 1926 George Rihl went into partnership with Sherman Fairchild and together they bought four metal-bodied single-engine Fairchilds with space for four passengers, and the first airmail contract over the same route.
In 1929, after PanAm bought CMA for $150,000, the company began its first international flights to Brownsville and Guatemala City with Ford three-engine planes. In these, 13 passengers were served by a single flight attendant. The first trip between Brownsville and Mexico City was commanded by the famed pilot Charles A. Lindbergh. During the thirties, flights were opened to the capitals of El Salvador, Costa Rica and Cuba, as well as to Los Angeles, where it was the first foreign airline to have flights further than the border area.
CMA gradually expanded its operations at the same time as it acquired more modern aircraft such as Douglas DC-2, DC-3, DC-4, DC-6 and DC-7. This eventually led to the jet age in Mexico.
So perhaps the aircraft you are referring to is either a Lincoln Standard Biplane (if it was early twenties) or a Fairchild (mid twenties) or a Ford Tri-motor (late twenties). Without a picture it's a bit difficult to tell!
Starship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 15 Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1441 times:
Anáhuac is a place in Mexico, situated south west of the city of Chihuahua.
I finally got your pic to download, even though I had the link. I think I must take your advice and upgrade to 256 MB Ram, as 128 is clearly not enough for my current needs.
Now that the aircraft has been identified as the Fairchild 71, here is some more info
Listed below are specifications and performance data for the "Wasp" powered Fairchild "Model 71";
Wing span 50'2", chord 84", wing area 332 sq. ft., airfoil Gottingen Mod., length 33' height 9'4".
The following weights are for the earliest version, empty wt. 2700, useful load 2500, payload 1427, gross wt. 5200 lb..
Max. speed 138, cruise 110, land 52, climb (420 h.p.) 980, ceiling 15,500 ft.,
Gas cap. 148 gal., oil 12 gal., range 650+ miles.
Most of the Model "71" however were as follows; (landplane), empty wt. 2930, useful load 2570, payload 1500, gross wt. 5500 lb.,
Max. speed 135, cruise 110, land 57, climb(420 h p.) 900, ceiling 15,300 ft..
Gas cap. 148 gal., oil 12 gal., range 650+ miles.
As a seaplane with Fairchild" pontoons; empty wt. 3270, useful load 2230, payload 1160, grc>ss wt. 5500 lbs..
Max speed 129, cruise 105, land 57, climb 875, ceiling 15,000 ft., range 630 miles.
Price at the factory as landplane was $18,900., price as seaplane was $22,400.
Standard equipment included metal prop, wheel brakes, inertiatype engine starter, and cabin heater.
The latest and heaviest version weighed as follows; empty wt. 3130, useful load 2370, payload 1240, gross wt. 5500 lbs.
Max. speed 138, cruise 110, land 57, climb (450 h.p.) 1000, ceiling 16,000 ft.
Gas cap. 160 gal., oil 15 gal., range 770 miles.
The fuselage framework was built up of welded chrome-moly steel tubing, faired to shape and fabric covered. The wing framework was built up of spruce box-type spars and spruce and plywood truss-type ribs, also fabric covered.
Fuel tanks were mounted in the wing. The fabric covered tail-group was built up of welded chrome-moly steel tubing, the fin was ground adjustable and the horizontal stabilizer was adjustable in flight. The baggage area was in the cabin aft.
There are some other interesting pictures at the website from which the above specs were obtained. Take a look at this ground up restoration of N2K
Rojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2417 posts, RR: 10 Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1442 times:
You are right, Anahuac was the place where the aztecs established their home called Tenochtitlan.
It was called Valley of Anahuac because it is a very extensive territory and today Mexico City stands in the former Valley of Anahuac. Although we don´t call it like that anymore. If you take a look to our flag, you´ll see an eagle eating a snake standing in a cactus, that cactus with the eagle and the snake was found in the Valley of Anahuac. So it is quite important for our culture.
It has been Mexicana´s tradition to give its airplanes the name of a region, place or city in Mexico´s territory. So I´m pretty sure that airliner was named Anahuac, starting the tradition.