A Travel Air Model R monoplane known as the “Mystery S” or “Mystery Ship.” Designed by engineers Walter Burnham and Herb Rawdon, it was the first civilian aircraft to defeat a military one in the annual National Air Race in 1929.
A Travel Air Model R monoplane known as the “Mystery S” or “Mystery Ship.” Designed by engineers Walter Burnham and Herb Rawdon, it was the first civilian aircraft to defeat a military one in the annual National Air Race in 1929. WSU Libraries’ Dept. of Special Collections Courtesy
A Travel Air Model R monoplane known as the “Mystery S” or “Mystery Ship.” Designed by engineers Walter Burnham and Herb Rawdon, it was the first civilian aircraft to defeat a military one in the annual National Air Race in 1929. WSU Libraries’ Dept. of Special Collections Courtesy

Travel Air enthusiasts mark Wichita planemaker’s 90th anniversary

September 17, 2015 10:45 AM