Author Topic: c/n 2501, N5444E  (Read 4396 times)

Doug Johnson

c/n 2501, N5444E
« on: June 09, 2015, 08:58:37 AM »
3 picture check your albums. Please do an internet search maybe you'll come up with one I couldn't find, I need all the help I can get.

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c/n 2501, built 05/64 as model H-250, original registry N5444E Factory considered this aircraft the "Mark II H-250A Caballero" prototype, testing continued for nearly a year until sold 04/65, Stolairco (Hunter Kendall dealer) WA sold 04/65, Santa Barbara Aviation (Thomas Jenkins) CA accident aircraft stall/mushed during initial climb on take-off, pilot was on a short-field take-off familiarization flight and failed to maintain flying speed in unfavorable wind conditions @ Factory Pittsburg KS 4/65, accident aircraft ground looped during touchdown after the pilot failed to lock the tailwheel @ New Cuyama CA 12/66 sold '67, Gene Frazier CA sold '68, Melvin Hubbard CA sold '78, Larry Montgomery (Larmont Aviation dealer) SC sold '78, John Wetherby M.D. WA accident aircraft collided with the ground during a low pass @ near Holy Cross, AK 9/78 dbr, reg cancelled '82, salvage sold as N5444E Carson Leasing and Equity (salvage broker ?) Salem OR, fate ?   

As always any further information or pictures would be greatly appreciated.







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Aviador

Re: c/n 2501, N5444E
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2015, 07:49:30 PM »
Any idea what was the trim line color was in the natural aluminum N5444E? Any way I can get a written description?

Doug Johnson

Re: c/n 2501, N5444E
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2015, 03:23:45 AM »
added 3rd and 4th (shows logo) photos above. Higher resolution photos unfortunately not in color
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Re: c/n 2501, N5444E
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2016, 08:04:33 AM »
added magazine article
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Re: c/n 2501, N5444E
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2016, 01:45:54 PM »
Factory handout brochure
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Re: c/n 2501, N5444E
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2019, 08:09:37 PM »
Happy New year!

Again..

Any idea what was the trim line color was in the natural aluminum N5444E? Any way I can get a written description?

tailhook

Re: c/n 2501, N5444E
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2019, 07:02:27 AM »
I'm quite certain the trim color was a rust color, don't have a color photo for reference but see below and you have what I think is very, very close match. It is the trim color on the bottom.

Stephen


Doug Johnson 1

Re: c/n 2501, N5444E
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2019, 05:55:19 AM »
update to history file and a picture of c/n 2501 on floats while placing the Edo 3430 floats on the type certificate

c/n 2501, built 05/64 as model H-250, original registry N5444E Factory considered this aircraft the "Mark II H-250A Caballero" prototype, used to place EDO 3430 floats on type certificate other testing continued for nearly a year until sold 04/65, Stolairco (Hunter Kendall dealer) WA sold 04/65, Santa Barbara Aviation (Thomas Jenkins) CA accident aircraft stall/mushed during initial climb on take-off, pilot was on a short-field take-off familiarization flight and failed to maintain flying speed in unfavorable wind conditions @ Factory Pittsburg KS 4/65, accident aircraft ground looped during touchdown after the pilot failed to lock the tailwheel @ New Cuyama CA 12/66 sold '67, Gene Frazier CA sold '68, Melvin Hubbard CA sold '78, Larry Montgomery (Larmont Aviation dealer) SC sold '78, John Wetherby M.D. WA accident aircraft collided with the ground during a low pass @ near Holy Cross, AK 9/78 dbr, reg cancelled '82, salvage sold as N5444E Carson Leasing and Equity (Ron Fisher) Salem, OR disassembled for parts crash-cage/fuselage currently located in Ron Fisher's salvage yard


« Last Edit: March 10, 2019, 06:02:05 AM by Doug Johnson 1 »

tailhook

Re: c/n 2501, N5444E
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2019, 10:53:48 AM »
My first flight experience in a tail wheel airplane was compliments of N5460E in July 1965 after Bruce Taylor executed a 10 minute demo of which the likes have never been duplicated. I did not know airplanes could turn 180 degrees within the wingspan, back up, or hover. then much to my surprise was the extreme short-field take-off roll well within 100 feet. That demo stopped traffic for 2 miles on the North side of Berz Airport in Troy, MI. The airplane definitely got everyone's attention including all the salesmen and mechanics from Mike Savoie Chevrolet across the street. I'd be willing to bet that Helio attempted to compete with the Cessna Skywagon market with this new entry, particularly the Cessna 180. The Mark II was a fun to fly airplane and the best cruise I ever got in it was about 125 knots with just me and 60 gallons of fuel. Fuel burn was about 11.5-12 GPH @ 24 squared 3800 feet AGL.

It is interesting to note that the airplane had a special provision for Industrial CAR 8 load of 4420 pounds, the Courier MK II was light, but with that much in the cabin would have made for some well calculated take-off performance predictions. The marketing folks at Hanscom Field tried desperately to gain some commercial/private use with this model, but in the larger picture it fell short on range, cruise, and high altitude ops that the H-295 was much more capable of. As a result only 41 were built. Today, it will make for an economic alternative to those looking at the Super Courier 295 if they don't have to haul big loads at high elevations

One more note: Do not opt for 120 gallon fuel or 3800 pound gross mod, it just won't haul the mail.

Stephen

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Re: c/n 2501, N5444E
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2019, 04:53:56 AM »
I just noticed that c/n 504 has a two bladed prop on while certificating the Edo 3430 floats for the type certificate.

I wonder if this pop, shown on c/n 2501 in the float plane photo, is the experimental 106" two bladed seaplane prop as well. It is kind of hard to tell on a spinning prop, but it does kind of look like a two bladed prop like the one on c/n 504.

any opinions out there