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 Post subject: Cleveland Air Race, 1948
PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:52 pm 

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I am researching the biography of Nancy Corrigan.

Nancy was born in County Mayo, Ireland in 1912. In 1929 she emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio. Over the coming years she earned her PPL, CPL, Instrument Rating and Instructor Rating. At Stephen's College, Missouri she taught young military pilots to fly the AT-6.

Between 1947 and 1951 she owned her own AT-6. In September 1948 she entered this aircraft in the Kendal Race as part of the Cleveland National Air Races. During the race she had the words "Corrigans of Cleveland" painted on the fuselage as a tribute to her sponsors. The word "EXPERIMENTAL" was also painted beneath the cockpit. It carried entry number 83.

I am trying to determine which aircraft she actually owned during those few years.

Unfortunately, I am unable to attach any images of the aircraft to this message. Perhaps someone can advise me how to add an image to this posting please??

My latest hunch is that her aircraft may have been AT-6A, 41-15916, with tail number NX57799 or N57799. This aircraft changed ownership in 1948. Would any readers know who ownership changed to and also the date of that change please?

That way I can trace the history of her aircraft and its subsequent fate. From the images I have obtained, and I stand to be corrected, it would appear to be a single-seat version, which I presume might be rare if they were generally regarded as a training aircraft ??

Any assistance or suggestions would be very much appreciated.

With kindest regards
Michael Traynor,

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