Photo caption: Howard Morey stands alongside the first enclosed cabin
passenger plane he brought to Madison in 1928 for service between
Madison and Chicago, Illinois, USA. While passengers rode in the cabin, the pilot
sat in the open cockpit.
Howard Morey built Pennco airport in Madison and Morey Airport in
Middleton, Wisconsin, USA, and later managed Madison Municipal Airport. In 1927 he
formed Royal Airways to provide service between Madison and Chicago.
The Morey Airplane Company still operated at Middleton Airport.
is co-author with his wife Marilynn, of 'The Howard Morey Story: A
Saga of Wisconsin Aviation.'
10/01/2005. Remarks by Gil
Halpin: "The mystery photo appears to be a 1927 Travelaire
5000 with a Wright J-5 Radial, as in The Woolaroc and Oklahoma
Entrants in the 1927 Dole Air Derby."
10/01/2005. Remarks by Malcolm
V. Lowe: "The aircraft in this photo is a Travel Air 5000.
Travel Air was the direct predecessor of the famous company
Beechcraft, and made a number of light aircraft in the 1920's. The
Model 5000 was a much more ambitious project, however, and two of the
Model 5000s became famous for their participation in a race (the Dole
Race) from Oakland, California, to Wheeler Field, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA,
in 1927. The two Travel Airs were named 'Oklahoma' and 'Woolaroc',
the latter winning the race. It was no mean feat to cover that sort
of distance in 1927! The main user of the Model 5000 was the airline
National Air Transport, although by the looks of this photo the type
also found its way to smaller operators. A good source of information
on the Model 5000 is the book 'Beech Aircraft' published in Britain
by Putnam and written by A.J. Pelletier. The 'Woolaroc' was also
covered in an old copy of the British aeromodelling magazine
'Aeromodeller' but I do not have a date for the relevant issue"