Travel Air 6000

Travel Air 6000
Travel Air 6000
Travel Air A-6000A preserved in flying condition wearing the 1928 markings of National Air Transport Inc
Role Civil utility aircraft
Manufacturer Travel Air, Curtiss-Wright
Designer Herbert Rawdon
First flight April 15, 1928
Number built ca. 150

The Travel Air 6000 (later known as the Curtiss-Wright 6B when Travel Air was purchased by Curtiss-Wright) was a six-seat utility aircraft manufactured in the United States in the late 1920s.


Design and development

It was developed as a luxury version of the Travel Air 5000 marketed principally as an executive aircraft, although its size proved popular with regional airlines, which purchased most of the roughly 150 machines built.

The 6000 was a high-wing braced monoplane with a fuselage constructed of steel tube and covered in fabric. In keeping with its intended luxury market, the fully enclosed cabin was insulated and soundproofed, and included wind-down windows. The basic model was priced at $12,000, but numerous options were offered that could nearly double that price; actor Wallace Beery's aircraft cost him $20,000 and was the most expensive Model 6000 built.

Operational history

Airline operation

6000s were operated in 1928 by National Air Transport on their US mail and passenger routes from Chicago to New York, Chicago to Dallas and Chicago to Kansas City.[1]

Foreign service

Two Travel Air 6000 were purchased by the Paraguayan government during the Chaco War (1932-1935) for the Transport Squadron of its Air Arm. These aircraft belonged to TAT with the registrations NC624K (c/n 6B-2011) and NC9815 (c/n 6B-1029); They received the military serials T-2 and T-5 (later re-serialled as T-9). The aircraft were intensively used during the conflict as air ambulances. They both survived the war and continued flying in the Air Arm. In 1945, they were transferred to the first Paraguayan Airline, Líneas Aéreas de Transporte Nacional (LATN) and received the civil registrations ZP-SEC and ZP-SED. They were withdrawn from use in 1947.


In 2006, eight examples remained on the US civil register, with perhaps half of them actually flying.


  • Model 6000 - six seat version, powered by a 220 hp (164 kW) Wright J-5 engine
  • Model 6000A (or A-6000) - version powered by 450 hp (336 kW) Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine
  • SA-6000A - floatplane version of the Model 6000A
  • Model 6000B (or B-6000, later 6B) - version powered by 300 hp (224 kW)Wright J-6-9 radial engine.
  • S-6000-B - floatplane version of the Model 6000B


  • Paraguayan Air Force
  • LAIN
 United States

Specifications (6000B)

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: 5 passengers
  • Length: 30 ft 10 in (9.40 m)
  • Wingspan: 48 ft 7 in (14.81 m)
  • Wing area: 282 ft2 (26.2 m2)
  • Empty weight: 2,608 lb (1,183 kg)
  • Gross weight: 4,230 lb (1,919 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright J-6-9, 300 hp (224 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 130 mph (209 km/h)
  • Range: 550 miles (885 km)
  • Service ceiling: 16,000 ft (4,880 m)
  • Rate of climb: 800 ft/min (4.1 m/s)


  • Auliard, Gilles. "Time Machine." Air Classics, April 2006.
  • Davies, R.E.G. Airlines of the United States since 1914. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998. ISBN 1-888962-08-9.
  • Hagedorn, Dan and Antonio Luis Sapienza. Aircraft of the Chaco War, 1928-1935. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Co., 1996.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions, 1989.

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем сделать НИР

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Air Canada — IATA AC ICAO ACA Callsign AIR CANADA …   Wikipedia

  • National Air Transport Inc — was an early United States airline that operated scheduled services between 12 May 1926 and its acquisition by United Air Lines on 7 May 1930. National Air Transport Inc Travel Air 6000 preserved in flying condition in the 1928 markings of NAT …   Wikipedia

  • Air France Flight 447 — F GZCP, the aircraft involved in the accident Accident summary Date 1 June 2009 …   Wikipedia

  • Wien Air Alaska — Former Wien Air Alaska hangar in Fairbanks, Alaska Wien Air Alaska (IATA: WC) was formed from Northern Consolidated Airlines and Wien Alaska Airways. The company was famous for being the first airline in Alaska, and one of the first in the United …   Wikipedia

  • Liste des aéronefs (T-Z) — Sommaire 1 T 1.1 Tachikawa 1.2 Tadiran 1.3 Tatra 1.4 Taylor …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Mexicana de Aviación — For other uses, see Mexicana (disambiguation). Grupo Mexicana de Aviacion, S.A. de C.V. IATA MX ICAO MXA …   Wikipedia

  • Delta Heritage Museum — Coordinates: 33°39′23″N 84°25′23″W / 33.656410°N 84.422927°W / 33.656410; 84.422927 …   Wikipedia

  • Curtiss-Wright — Corporation Type Public (NYSE: CW) Industry Aerospace Defense …   Wikipedia

  • List of aircraft (C-D) — NOTOC C CAARP* CAARP CP 100 * CAARP CAP 20 =CAB= * CAB GY 20 Minicab * CAB GY 30 Supercab CAIC see Chengdu Call Aircraft Company * CallAir S 1 * CallAir A * CallAir A 2 * CallAir A 3 * CallAir A 4 * CallAir A 5 * CallAir A 6 * CallAir A 7 *… …   Wikipedia

  • Mexicana de Aviación — Mexicana de Aviación. IATA MX OACI MXA …   Wikipedia Español

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”