DAN SHUMAKER COLLECTION
No. 6194. Solar MS-1 (X258V)
Photographed at San Diego, California, USA, July 31, 1930, via P & A Photographs
Remarks on the back of the photograph above: "Department of commerce approval has been given the San Diego built Solar plane, Edmund T. Price, president of the aircraft concern, announced recently. Three years of experimenting were necessary before the eight place transport cabin plane was submitted to department of commerce tests. It is powered with a 450 h.p. Pratt and Whitney motor."
Remarks on the back of the second photograph: "Herbert Pattridge, world war flier, who attempted a flight last year from New York to Buenos Aires, hopes to take off in September with an unnamed Japanese navigator on a non-stop hop from Los Angeles, California, 6,000 miles to Tokyo, trying for prizes totalling $72,500. Pattridge will fly a single-enginned, all-metal Solar sesqui-plane, the only one of its make in existaence. He will carry 1300 gallons of gasoline. Pattridge is at present supervising changes in the plane at San Diego, Cal. If successful, Pattridge will receive an additional $12,500 for flying with a Japanese, who is said to be of nobility. His name has not yet been revealed."
The sole aircraft was exported to Mexico in 1931, registered as XB-AFK and was destroyed in a crash in 1936.
Created February 28, 2007