One of the first items I questioned was the assertion of the Parrakeet being certified with Group II Approval in 1935. Your author had
1933 ingrained in his brain for a very long time. A check of Mr. Rose's log books shows that X13677, the first production model, with Continental "A" (that's the way it was recorded)
first flew at Palwaukee, Illinois on July 8, 1934! Barry is wrong again!
Further perusal of the log book shows that on September 8, 1935 the same ship flew as NC13677. Further consultation with Chet showed that during
the '30s up until '37 the second number in the N number indicated the year the number was applied for. That helps to explain the 1933 misconception I had been so comfortable with for so
Well then did the prototype NX12084 fly in 1929? Well maybe. The proto was supposedly flying in '29 according to references found in the
letters and papers of Jack Rose. The problem arises when we go to the log books and find no time logged from September 8, 1929 (the 8th of the month is sure coming up a lot) until May 24, 1932.
Is it just coincidence that the missing years coincide with Prohibition? Well, maybe. Among the newspaper clippings in the Rose collection are
stories about aviation type bootleggers and their misadventures. Among them was one kept in a separate envelope. The picture showed a DH-4 crashed on the ice of Lake Michigan. the story indicates that
the pilot was not found but the ship was full of whiskey. Seems an officer was dispatched to guard it overnight but in the morning he had vanished as had the liquor! Food for thought.