Maupin Plane
Taking Off Early Aviation History In The Yuba - Sutter Area

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Description: Black & White photograph of L. B. Maupin in his airplane. The sign in the photograph reads "Built and Flown by L. B. Maupin, Tudor 1910. Endrance Record 1912. Altitude Record 5600 feet." Lan B. Maupin sits at the controls of his reconstructed, albeit engineless, Black Diamond aircraft in 1931. Maupin and partner Bernard Lanteri hired Weldon Cooke to fly the aircraft at the 1912 Dominguez Hills Air Meet near Los Angeles. During the meet Cooke set the altutude record and claimed over $7000 in prize money. The aircraft was never flown after 1912. Later, Maupin became the sole owner of the Black Diamond and stored it in his barn in Tudor, Sutter County, California. In 1930, the aeronautics classes from Marysville High School and Yuba College reassembled the Black Diamond for display at the Sacramento Valley Land Show. The restored aircraft is owned by and currenty being displayed at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California.

COPYRIGHT INFORMATION ~ Reproduced from the original in the Community Memorail Museum. All rights reserved by the Community Memorial Museum. This photograph should not be reproduced, for any reason, without the express permission of the Community Memorial Museum.

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Last modified on: May 22, 2001