Specs Sheet


The Travel Air Company was formed January 1925 in Wichita, Kansas by former employees of the Swallow Aircraft Manufacturing Company. The company grew by 1929 to 650 employees working two shifts in a state-of-the-art aircraft production facility. About 1,800 Travel Air aircraft were built in less than half a decade. Most were biplanes, using 16 basic designs.  Travel Air officers included Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech, and Lloyd Stearman, who later formed their own well-known aircraft companies.

Travel Air 4000

The Travel Air 4000 E model was designed to compete with inexpensive World War I surplus Standards and Curtiss “Jennies.” Its major feature was a forward cockpit wide enough to accommodate two passengers (at least by 1929 standards!). Its rugged landing gear used rubber “bungee” shock cords, allowing landings on unimproved fields.



The R-680 was Lycoming’s first aircraft engine. Introduced in 1929, the R-680 was very reliable and stayed in production until after World War II. Over 26,000 were built.

LycomingR680 17B4E
Horse Power220 hp
PropellerProg Mc Cauly


Max120 mph / 190 kmh
Cruise Speed90 mph / 140 kmh
Stall Speed45 mph / 70 kmh
Approach Speed70 mph / 110 kmh


Max2700 lbs / 1200 kg
Empty1695 lbs / 770 kg
Useful Load1005 lbs / 455 kg
Payload with full Fuel (67 Gallons)603 lbs / 274 kg


Gallons67 gl / 250ltr
Fuel / hr50 ltr/h
Range500 miles / 800 km

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