Texaco Model Plane Coin Bank. This is a 1:32 scale model of the “Texaco 13” aircraft displayed at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. It is a 1930s wire-braced, low-wing racing airplane. The body of the plane is white with red stripes with “Texaco No. 13” written on the side. The wings are red with “NR 1313” written in white on the left wing. The right wing has the 1913 Texaco Logo (a green T superimposed on a red star with the company name “Texaco” in black). The plane is highly detailed with struts and a rotating propeller. This collector’s item was released by Ertle in 1997 as part of the Wings of Texaco collection. Furthermore, it is in great condition.
Captain Frank Hawks (1897-1938) was a pilot in the United States Army Air Service during World War I. During the 1920s and the 1930s he was well-known for breaking aviation records. He was considered the “fastest airman in the world”. Hawks flew aircraft that was owned by Travel Air and sponsored by The Texaco Company. In 1930 he began the development of a new Texaco airplane with Travel Air designer, Herb Rawdon. They were very secretive about the details of the new aircraft the entire time it was being built. Consequently, it was referred to as the “Mystery Ship”. Accordingly, the name of this item is the “Travel Air Type R Mystery Ship“. The Texaco Model Plane Coin Bank makes a perfect gift for collectors, aviation buffs, and model plane enthusiasts.
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