The NC8407 was first owned by Pitcairn Aviation, as the first plane in Eastern Air Transport’s fleet. The plane was sold in 1930 to operate as an airline passenger and mail service in Havana, Cuba. From 1946 to ’48, it was used by the Dominican Air Force, where it might have been used to transport the Dominican president.
The plane returned to the U.S. and was a barnstormer in 1949, a crop sprayer in 1950, and helped fight forest fires as a borate bomber and smoke jumper aircraft in the 1950s. In the 1960s, the plane was used as a crop sprayer, traveled around the Midwest giving rides, and appeared in “The Family Jewels” starring Jerry Lewis and Sebastian Cabot.