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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.


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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