The Monsted-Vincent MV-1 Starflight was built in Louisiana. The sole aircraft built first flew on the 1st of October 1948. Powered by 4 Continental C-85 engines driving pusher-propellers and it could carry up to 6 passengers. The test results did not encouraged any potential customers and the aircraft was put in the Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation Museum in the Patterson, Louisiana.
In 1992, the museum was hit by hurricane Andrew and MV-1 was virtually destroyed. The aircraft was relocated to a storage hanger and in 2005 the hanger along with the aircraft was leveled by hurricane Rita.
The museum moved to a new location in Patterson. I guess now the aircraft is still in bits and waiting for the next hurricane. Maybe they should of called it the MV-1 Hurricane?
Photos by: Eberhard Kranz
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