Question: When is a Rearwin not a Rearwin?
Well, if it was built after1943, it would be a
Prior to that, a Rearwin. In October of 1942 Rae Rearwin sold out
New York Group
headed up by C.H. Dolan of the Empire Ordnance Co. This concern
changed its name to Commonwealth Aircraft Co in 1945 and in 1946 built
Skyrangers under the new corporate name. However, the
is a true
Rearwin-built machine, leaving the factory in 1941.
The 8125 and 8135
powered by the (now extinct) Ken Royce 7-cylinder radial engine model
7-F or -G.
It was a 3-seat machine which, along with many other high-wing
this time, was ideal for training. In fact, Pan American Airways
bought 3 of
them for instrument
flight training, whilst others went to Parks Air College and the Spartan
Aeronautics. A number also went to a flying club in Iran. I
would consider trading
minor body parts
and/or a close relative for photographs of one of those machines!