Blue Angel is Ready For Its Close Up
Amon Carter's TRAVEL AIR 5000 SAVE-A-PLANE
Only 14 Travel Air 5000s were built. This airplane started passenger airline service in Fort Worth.
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In 1925 Amon Carter and other local businessmen began promoting air facilities in Fort Worth. In 1926 National Air Transport (NAT) began flying Travel Air 5000s (pictured above) to add passenger service to its Chicago to Fort Worth air mail route. One of those original airliners was given to Amon Carter in appreciation of Carter's assistance. Mr. Carter kept the airplane at his Shady Oak Farm from 1931 until 1961 when it was sold.
We recently learned that this same airplane has been in storage and undergoing restoration efforts for nearly 50 years. The present owner has offered to sell it to us so we can bring it home where it belongs so that our entire community can see and learn from it.
This is one of the oldest artifacts of Amon G. Carter's aviation heritage known to exist. We are accepting pledges to help us acquire this airplane.
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What You Can Do To Help
We need your help to get the word of this find out to as many people as possible. Click below to download a flyer about this project and send it to anyone you think might be interested in helping us save this piece of aviation history.
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