Travel Air Mystery Ship (oz2309)


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Texaco Travel Air Mystery Ship (Texaco 13). Scale racer for control line by Walt Musciano. From Air Trails, July 1950.

Quote: "Frank Hawks' Travelaire Mystery Ship, a famous racing plane, comes back to life as a U-controller .

THE almost legendary figure of Commander Frank M Hawk, remains in the memory of all persons interested in aviation. His famous Travelaire 'Mystery Ship' established many inter-city records, and its design set the pattern for many future racing planes. It was in this Wright R-975 powered craft that Commander Hawks first attained world fame as a record smasher. The Texas Company sponsored the craft, so 'Texaco No. 13' was an appropriate name. Frank Hawks selected the 'No.13' and obtained the double '13' license number to thumb his nose at superstition.

These are some of the flights made by Hawks in his famous speed plane: On August 6. 1930, a west-bound US transcontinental record of 14 hrs, 50 mins and 43 sec. was established in a flight from New York to Los Angeles. By returning in 12 hrs, 25 min and 3 sec on August 13, he set a new eastbound coast to coast record. Flying from London to Rome in 5 hrs. and 20 mins. and then from Rome to Paris in 4 hrs, and 32 mins, both on April 22. 1931, two European records were smashed. Another record was made when Hawks sped from London to Dublin in 1 hr and 40 mins on April 30, eight days later! And once again the Texaco 13 burned the skies in a flight from London to Berlin on May 12, 1931. With Hawks at the controls, this record flight took 2hrs and 57 mins.

We wish to express our appreciation to DW Stewart and the Texas Company for their cooperation in furnishing valuable data on the Travelaire Mystery Ship.

It is advisable to begin construction with the fuselage and empennage. Cut the keel from 3/32 hard sheet balsa and cut away for the engine mounts, control horn and bellcrank mount. Cement the engine and bellcrank mounts securely in place and add the 1/2 in sheet with 1/8 in sheet cemented to it at station B. Cut out the remaining formers and cement in place on the keel.

The elevator and stabilizer are cut from soft 3/16 sheet and sanded to the cross section shown. Add the spar, hinges and control horn (which is bolted and cemented in place) and cement the stabilizer to the top of the keel.

Install the bellcrank, 1/16 control rod and .025 lead-out lines, and now the fuse-lage is ready for planking..."

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