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Alexander Eaglerock

Aircraft Info Group

Description
Manufacturer: 
Alexander Aircraft Corp.
Model: 
Eaglerock Combo-Wing
Year: 
1928
Gallery: 
Seattle Tacoma International Airport
On Loan To: 
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Viewable: 
Yes

The Alexander Eaglerock was one of a number of airplanes built for civilian use to replace the dwindling supplies of World War I surplus craft. Winging away from the Denver-based Alexander Aircraft Corporation at "mile-high" altitudes, equipped with a Curtiss OX-5, 90 horsepower engine, the Eaglerock cruised at heights and speeds that many old and weary warplanes couldn't reach anymore.

In 1925, the first Eaglerock bristled with new innovations such as a tail wheel and wings that folded back for storage. When buyers didn't seem ready for such "modern" gimmicks, a more conventional plane appeared in early 1926. The Eaglerock is considered one of the first significant certificated aircraft, with ATC (Approved Type Certificate) #7 assigned to the "Combo-wing" and ATC #8 to the "Long-wing" version April 27, 1927.

Frank and Victor Hansen purchased this Eaglerock in 1977. "It was an almost hopeless basket case," Victor says. "We probably wouldn't have restored the plane if it hadn't been for Dad." Their father owned an Eaglerock in the 1920s. He barnstormed with the plane until a crash left it in tatters. "He had no money during the Great Depression," former mayor of the city of Seatac, Frank Hansen relates, "So even though he loved the plane, he couldn't fix it." The Hansens, with Bill Duncan, restored this Eaglerock in their father's honor.