Tunison Scout
 
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Designed by M.C.Tunison, the 1930 plywood Scout was in the $2500 class. Influenced by the French Antoinette Monobloc design, it has wide-chord, sparless, molded-plywood wings with only four ribs on each side, bias ailerons. A monocoque fuselage with a "vista dome" canopy and deep, faired gear with built-in landing lights. Won a $2,300 prize for design.
 
It was especially constructed for photographic work and equipped with skies to accompany the Antarctic Byrd Expedition. Over 1500 photos of the region were taken.
 
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Tunison Scout NX425
 
First flown on 21 December 1928 (piloted by Jimmie Angel) it was registered NX247E c/n MC-1, re-registered NX425, then refitted with 600hp Miller and re-re-registered as NX13795.
 
Plans by financial group, Pacific Air Industries, to produce three models of the plane with 150-480hp motor options never materialized.
 
NX13795 is the Zion Tunison Scout c/n 1, according to the 1936 register: "Community of Zion, Elsinore CA; Zion Tunison Scout; 3PCLM; #1 '34; Miller 600hp or 800hp." This is probably N425 rebuilt.
 
In 2/9/29, Air Transportation N425 is listed as a Junkers! "Scout Airplane Sales Co, Los Angeles CA. Long wing Junkers MC1 - Hispano-Suiza 3." Tunison Scout might have been a heavily rebuilt Junkers-Larsen JL-6.
 
Engine: Wright-Hisso H-3, 300hp
Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in
Length: 29'0"
Useful load: 1391 lb
Max speed: 190 mph
Cruise speed: 165 mph
Stall: 45 mph
ROC: 1000 fpm
Range: 600 mi
Seats: 3