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Paramount Cabinaire 110 Prototype NX4254
 
Following the failure of Walter J. Carr's first aircraft company, the CSC Aircraft Company, Carr worked as a tester for the new Warner Scarab radial engines. Carr flew with Scarabs on a Travel Air 2000, and later cannibalized the test aircraft to produce the first Cabinaire aircraft design.
 
 The prototype Cabinaire was formed around a welded steel tube Travel Air 2000 fuselage modified for an enclosed cabin. A new center section of wing was added and Travel air wings were reinstalled onto the center sections. The biplane aircraft featured a radial engine, and conventional landing gear. The upper wing was mounted several inches above the enclosed cabin. The entire plane was fabric covered with wooden wing spars and ribs. The upscale cabin used two individual upholstered wicker seats in the front and a wicker bench seat for passengers. The interior used velor finishing, nickel plating, mohair rugs, mahogany panels and roll-down windows. It first flew in 1928.
 
Designed by Walter Carr, the 1929 Cabinaire 110 (ATC 2-164, 2-165) was a four place cabin biplane. The prototype, NX4254 c/n 2, used many Travel Air parts; cabane-mounted upper wing. c/n 1 is generally assumed to have been rebuilt from a Travel Air.
 
Prototype #2 was made from parts of the first. Each production model differed slightly from each other with choices of engines, and landing gear and aileron improvements.
 
The Cabinaire was introduced at the 1929 National Aircraft Show.
 
Only eight were completed before production ceased.
 
In 1929, Viola Gentry and Jack Ashcroft attempted an endurance record for flight with aerial refueling in a modified Cabinaire SN#5 named ‘The Answer’. The name was chosen in response to the Army aircraft that had completed previous endurance records, the ‘Question Mark’. The aircraft had a 55-gallon cabin tank, and 21 gallon wing tanks installed for the attempt. The Answer crew was unable to refuel after the first ten hours of flight due to fog and crashed 28 June 1929, killing Ashcroft. Carr had been the original choice of co-pilot, but had to pass on the opportunity when struck with pneumonia.
 
In 1930, a Cabinaire was entered in the 4814 mile long Ford National Reliability Air Tour, placing 15th out of 18. The same aircraft has been restored and was still flown in 2011.
 
Selling for $6,750 seven were built in total; NC17M, NC387, NC587, NC551V, NC7930/7931. NC587 c/n 6 was repowered with a 150hp Hisso in 1936. (2-164) and (2-165) were 4p and 3p approvals respectively.

 

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 Cabinaire 110 NC587                                                        Courtesy Barry Link
 
Cabinaire 110 NC587 was owned by Universal Engineering of Frankenmuth MI. and the founder of Universal, W.R. Fisher flew the plane for business. It was wrecked and then stored away at the family farm, probably in the early 30's.
 
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 Cabinaire 165 NC17M c/n 7 on 11 September 1930
 
The 1930 Cabinaire 165 (ATC 265) sold for $7,500, and $5,750 in 1931. One was built, NC17M c/n 7, modified from a Cabinaire 110.

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Paramount Cabinaire 165 NC17M

NC17M it caught fire during restoration in the '60s and it was finally restored in the '90s. Greg Herrick purchased it in 1997, and while flying it from FL to MN, an engine failure stopped the trip near Zebulon GA. The Cabinaire was once again being restored by Nathan Rounds in Zebulon in 2000.
 
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Paramount Cabinaire A-70 NC551V
 
One Cabinaire 110, NC551V c/n 9 was modified to a Cabinaire A-70 in 1930 (ATC 2-233) with a 165hp Continental A-70.

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Paramount Cabinaire A-70 NC551V

 
Cabinaire 110
SN#1-6
Engine: Warner Scarab, 110hp (82 kW)
Span (upper): 34'8"
Span (lower): 29'0"
Length: 23'9"
Useful load: 908 lb
Max speed: 103 mph
Cruise speed: 90 mph
Stall: 38 mph
Range: 465 mi
Ceiling: 12,000'
Seats: 4

Cabinaire 165
SN#7
Engine: Wright J-6, 165hp (123 kW) / Wright R-540, 175 hp (130 kW)
Upper wingspan: 33 ft 2 in (10.11 m)
Lower wingspan: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Wing area: 309 sq ft (28.7 m2)
Length: 24'7" (7.49 m)
Height: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Empty weight: 1,620 lb (735 kg)
Gross weight: 2,630 lb (1,193 kg)
Fuel capacity: 50 U.S. gallons (190 L; 42 imp gal)
Useful load: 1054 lb
Maximum speed: 100 kn (120 mph, 190 km/h)
Cruise speed: 90 kn (103 mph, 166 km/h)
Stall speed: 35 kn (40 mph, 64 km/h)
Range: 350 nmi (400 mi, 640 km)
Service ceiling: 12,000 ft (3,700 m)
Rate of climb: 800 ft/min (4.1 m/s)
Seats: 4
 
Cabinaire A-70
Originally, SN#3 flown as an aerial survey aircraft, it was rebuilt to meet ATC requirements, with a new engine, becoming SN#9.
Engine: 165hp Continental A-70.

 

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