Lloyd Stearman, Clyde Cessna and Walter
Beech formed the Travel Air Manufacturing Company in 1924
in Wichita, Kansas.
Their first effort was the Travel Air 1000, which
was designed along the lines of the Curtiss Jenny.
A later model, the Travelair 2000, was built with
horn balanced control surfaces that were copied from the
famous Fokker D-VII from World War I.
Because of the resemblance, it was used in many
war movies made in the 1930ís and was known as the Wichita
1929, this aircraft, the Model 4000, was introduced and
is similar in design to the Model 2000 but without the
After the last model, the 6000, was built, the
Curtiss-Wright Corporation bought the company in 1930.
Stearman, Cessna and Beech would go on to contribute
much to American aviation history with their own individual
This aircraft was built in 1930 and
was restored by Kelly Mason in Washington with a lot of
attention to detail.
It was acquired by Kermit in 1996.
Due to the long distance, the aircraft was shipped
back to Florida where it was re-assembled to fly at Fantasy
of Flight. It
utilizes a Wright J-5 Whirlwind engine.
It was this type engine that powered the Spirit
of St. Louis and Lindbergh across the Atlantic.
1997, this aircraft was used by the U.S. Postal Service
to help commemorate the first day issue of a series of
With the local Postmaster on board, I delivered
the first ever airmail in the history of Polk City; probably
the last as well.