|Wonder why it was labeled the Swallow!|
On April 26, 1926 the C.A.M. flight took place on a desolate northwest air mail route won the sole bidder, a California air taxi and flying school operator, Walter T. Varney. From this austere beginning grew the major U.S. airlines of today with the Barney flight . In essence, being the origin of United Airlines.
The "Swallow Mailplane" was the first successful airplane that was a design advancement over the current crop of aircraft that were all patterned with the look of the World War One "Jenny" and the "Standard."
It was powered by a Curtiss C-6 inline engine creating 160 horsepower and had a cruise speed of 118 mph with a flight endurance of five hours a full throttle. About 50 examples were produced with the design was enhanced in 1926. The initial price was $3,500 reducing to $2,485 in late 1926.
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