Perhaps no other place at no other time in history saw such a collection of aviation innovators as Wichita, Kansas in 1925 when Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna and Lloyd Stearman formed the Travel Air Manufacturing Company. Though they would all eventually go their separate ways, their combined efforts brought to life several classic aircraft designs including the 6000-A.

Designed to fulfill the demand for an airline and private luxury aircraft, the 6000-A included seating for six passengers, sound proofing and an insulated cabin. Its nimble performance despite its size made it not only a successful business aircraft but also popular with private pilots who could afford the standard $12,000 to $18,000 price.

Powered by the famed and reliable P&W R-985 Wasp Junior, the 6000-A could be found performing a number of roles throughout its distinguished career. While some flew with Central Air Lines and Overland Airways, others found use with the Phillips Petroleum Co. Still others found their way into the film world. One was even owned by noted movie actor Wallace Beery who paid $20,000 for his custom built 6000-A.

This aircraft was acquired in 2015 in a multi-way trade between Yanks, the California Science Center of Los Angeles, and John Seibold’s Grand Canyon Valle Scenic Tours.

DISPLAY STATUS COUNTRY OF ORIGIN CURRENT LOCATION
Own United States On Display
PURPOSE & TYPE MATERIALS ERA & DATE RANGE
Transportation Steel 1918-1939
PRODUCTION &
ACQUISITION
SPECIFICATIONS SERVICE HISTORY
MFG: Travel Air
First Produced: 1928
Number Built: 150
Armament:Acquired by Yanks in 2015
Wingspan: 54’5″
Wing Area: 340 sq. ft.
Length: 31’2″
Height: 9’3″ 
Empty Weight: 3,225 lbs.
Gross Weight: 5,250 lbs. 
Powerplant: P&W R-985 Wasp
Thrust: 450 hp.
Cruise Speed: 120 mph
Maximum Speed: 140 mph
Range: 680 miles
Delivered: 1929

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