THURSTON TSC-1A TEAL # 11

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N2011T Teal Photo: Harry L. Hargis

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Photo: Harry L. Hargis

Aircraft Data

Manufacturer: Thurston Aircraft Corporation; Sanford, Maine, USA.
Model: TSC-1A Teal
Type Certificate No: A15EA
Serial Number: 11
Manufacturing Date: 1970-??-??
Engine:

Avco Lycoming O-320-A3B 150 hp @ 2700 RPM

Remarks: Mode S codes: 50314107 / A63EBF.
 
Reg. No. Date Remarks
N2011T 1970-??-?? Manufacturing date, built at Sanford Airport, Maine.  Reserved registration number at factory.
1970-07-16 FAA C of A issued.
1970-??-?? First flight from Sanford Airport, Sanford, Maine.
1970-??-?? Thurston Aircraft Corporation; Sanford, Maine.
  I just stumbled upon your website. My dad was the first owner of #11 Teal,  N2011T. He bought it new in 1973 as it had sat at Victor Aviation in Sanford since new. My dad owned it until 1975 (or 1976) & he sold it to an airline captain who landed it in the water with the gear down shortly after he bought it. The last time I saw the plane was when it was being repaired in Norwood (MA). Is there a way we can get in touch with the current owner through you? I see that someone in Tennesee owns it now. We would very much be interested in what the aircraft condition is today.

Thanks for your time!
Mark O'Malia
Walpole, MA
(E-mail February 6, 2005)
  Ser #11 sat at Sanford airport in Maine from when it was built to the summer of 1973 when my dad bought it. At the time, it had very short hours on it, although I forget how many...maybe less than 75???? The story behind it at the time, from David Thurston, was that it was originally purchased by Apple Corporation, which was The Beatles record company. After the Beatles broke up, the aircraft was held up in court until things were settled between John, Paul, George, & Ringo. I have no idea what their use would have been???? This is when my dad became interested in the plane & eventually bought it. I think at the time he paid about $12,000.00 for it. I still have a short note from Mr. Thurston, dated 1973, stating  "#11 Teal was originally purchased by the Beatles for use in the Bahamas".  My dad sold the plane in 1976. I stumbled upon your website a few months ago & was able to track down the current owner in Tennessee. He & I have recently traded some pictures...my parents 30+ year old pictures & his current pictures. My dad's name is Charles O'Malia & at the time of purchase, we lived in Boston, Massachusetts.

While I do not have pictures of the plane on my computer at this time, I have a nice framed picture of my dad flying #11 hanging at my summer home in New Hampshire. I will take a digital picture of it this weekend  for you when I am there & email it to you next week.

In the meantime, I see that you are also looking for a picture of #4 Teal. Here is a 35 year old factory promo picture of #4 Teal, which came with the paperwork when my dad bought #11.

Regards
Mark O'Malia
(E-mail August 4, 2005)

1975-09-04 Aircraft landed gear down on water Chauncy Pond, Westboro, Maine. Came to rest in water and sank?  Pilot forgot to retract landing gear before landing on water.
(1977) Peter I. Kallander; Southborough, Maine.
1986-05-12 Steve Meisner; S.M.B. Corporation, Woolrich, Maine.
1991-03-15 J. S. Air Inc.; Rockford, Illinois.
1992-07-19 Joseph La Placa; La Placa Flying Service, Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
1996-10-02 Air South Inc.; Wilmington, Delaware.
1999-05-10 Cedar Glade Aeromarine Inc.; c/o Harry Lee Hargis, 9199 Cobb Road, Christiana, Tennessee 37037.
2011-07-22 Elliot Enterprises Group LLC (Mark Elliot); c/o Registered Agents, 1220 North Market Street, STE # 804, Wilmington, Delaware 19801-2595, USA.

E-mail: Mark@IYC.com
Cell phone: 305 794 1167
Office: 954 522 2323

2011-0?-?? Ferry flight to Newport, Rhode Island.
2011-08-15 Pending number change to "N501ME" authorized.
   
N501ME 2014-02-28 NE Vayu LLC; Nathaniel Merriman Sims, 378 Canton Avenue; Milton, Massachusetts 02186-3312.
   
  Sources: FAA Aircraft Registry
Mark O'Malia
Mark Elliot

N2011T Photo: Mark O'Malia

N2011T
Photo: Mark O'Malia

N2011T Photo: Mark O'Malia

N2011T
Photo: Mark O'Malia

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