15AC-091 – N1072H (05)

At the time we took the below pictures, the fuselage of this 1948 Sedan was lent to and used by Burl Rogers, owner of Burl's Aircraft, as a reference for the production of the very first brand new Sedan fuselage, since 1951! N1072H is being rebuilt by its owner and incorporates some interesting modifications like the dogleg tube conversion of the rear seat support, an extended baggage compartment, aluminum stringers and the provision for the installation of a spring tail wheel assembly. These modifications are available from Burl's Aircraft. Pictures taken in Chugiak, Alaska, USA, June 2008.

In January 2016, Scott Reetz kindly shared his memories, linked to N1072H: "I grew up and lived my whole life in Clintonville, Wisconsin. I would have been seven or eight years old in the mid 60's, when my dad and a couple of partners sold their Piper PA-12 and bought this Sedan, so there would be room for the whole family. I am not sure, where it came from, when they bought it. It was blue and yellow, but the paint must have been poor, because they painted it within the first couple of years an ugly copper/brown combination with white on top of the fuselage and white wings which were metalized. The plane could have been lost in the early 70's one evening, when my dad (a big guy) and another big guy and my brother were going for a ride. For some reason I declined to go along. Good thing, because climbing out on take-off, the C-145 engine got a stuck valve. Losing altitude, they barely got turned around and back on the ground. They sold the Sedan in the mid 70's (I think, it was getting tired) and bought a Chief 11AC. Supposedly, the Sedan was going to South America for missionary work. Anyway, that's what I was told. I don't have any pictures of it, but my mom transferred the old 8 mm home movies onto DVD, before she passed. There are a couple of short scenes with the Sedan in it; that's how I knew the N-number. I am now 58 and still fly a '52 Cessna 170."

(This page last updated: 02/2017)

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