Beautiful mint 1930 Travel Air Model R “Mystery Ship” diecast coin bank by Ertl Collectibles Stock No. H501. This is a licensed product although the stamped number is very hard to read.
(Partial snippet from the back of the box) – It was June of 1930 when the Travel Air Manufacturing Company of Wichista, Kansas began construction on their fourth Travel Air “Mystery Ship”, this one being built at the request of Capt. Frank Hawks, trancontinental record-holder of 1929. Hawks was a pilot for the Texas Company and after an okay from Texaco, work began on what was to be the most talked about plane of the 1930s.
The Travel Air Model R “Mystery Ship” Texaco No. 13 can still be seen today in Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.
The plane was only removed from the box for photos and then returned.