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.

Travel Air 6000 Series
"1928"

RoleCivil utility aircraft
ManufacturerTravel Air, Curtiss-Wright
DesignerHerbert Rawdon
First flightApril 15, 1928
Number builtca. 150

 




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Travel Air 6000
(later known as the Curtiss-Wright 6B)
"1928"

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Travel Air 6000 Series
"1928"

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.

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

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 They were withdrawn from use in 1947

  • Model 6000 – six seat version, powered by a 220 hp (164 kW) Wright J-5 engine
  • Model 6000A (or A-6000, or A-6000-A) – version powered by 450 hp (336 kW) Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine
  • Model 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.
  • Model S-6000-B – floatplane version of the Model 6000B
  • Model 6B – 1931 and up Curtiss Wright production. Four built in Wichita, Four Built in San Diego.

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Travel Air Type 6000 "1928"

Business aircraft

Frame number 6B-2012 was delivered to Harry Ogg of Newton, Iowa on August 20, 1929, who used it as a mobile office and technology demonstrator for his Automatic Washing Machine Company, which eventually morphed into Maytag Corporation. The aircraft was significant in that it included space for a secretary and stenography machine, as well as hook ups for up to 4 washing machines for demonstration purposes. The aircraft was nicknamed “Smiling Thru” and carried the registration of NC677K.

Specifications

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 5 passengers
  • Length: 31 ft 2 in (9.50 m)
  • Wingspan: 48 ft 6+12 in (14.80 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 0+12 in (2.76 m)
  • Empty weight: 2,700 lb (1,225 kg)
  • Gross weight: 4,230 lb (1,919 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright J-6-9 Whirlwind 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 300 hp (220 kW 
  • Maximum speed: 130 mph (210 km/h, 110 kn) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: 110 mph (180 km/h, 96 kn)
  • Range: 550 mi (890 km, 480 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 16,000 ft (4,900 m)
  • Rate of climb: 800 ft/min (4.1 m/s)

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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.