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Travel Air Mystery Ship (replica)

On loan from Donna Willard

Travel Air Mystery Ship (replica)

Did You Know?

  • Travel Air Mystery Ships were low-wing racing airplanes built in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
  • Only five were ever built.
  • Frank Hawks' "Texaco No. 13" Mystery Ship was the most successful of the five built, setting 200 records for point-to-point flights between cities.
  • The original "Texaco No. 13" is at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
  • This replica was built by the late Willard Benedict and placed on loan by his wife. Parties interested in purchasing the Travel Air Mystery Ship should contact Donna at 269.792.6112 or 352.638.1141.


Wingspan 29 ft. 2 in.
Length 20 ft. 2 in.
Weight 1,840 lbs.
Maximum Speed 240 mph
Engine Wright Whirlwind R 975
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