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Blackhawk Hannaford Rose Parrakeet- S/N A4-00  N40100

N-number                  : N40100
Aircraft Serial Number    : A4-00
Aircraft Manufacturer     : Blackhawk-ROSE
    Model                 : Parrakeet
Engine Manufacturer       : CONT MOTOR
    Model                 :
Aircraft Year             : 1947
Owner Name                : RHINEHART DANIEL
Owner Address             : 908 SANDALWOOD AVE
                            FULLERTON, CA, 92835
Type of Owner             : Individual
Registration Date         : 28-Mar-2005
Airworthiness Certificate : Experimental
Approved Operations       : Amateur Built

According to FAA registry documents, N40100 was sold  to Anthony Ingrassia (who was the owner of Blackhawk Aircraft Co. ) on 2 April, 1947.   Ingrassia applied for registration the same day and listed the aircraft make as "Parrakeet".  On the Application For Air worthiness Certificate, which Ingrassia also submitted on that day, the aircraft make is listed as "Rose".  The application has the following information under "other", "Experimental aircraft - to be submitted for type certificate".  Under the remarks section there is a further statement, "Experimental aircraft - similar to Rose "Parrakeet" formerly approved under 2-514. Installation of of A-65-8FJ engine in place of A-40 series formerly used."  

On 30 March 1948, Ingrassia sold N40100 to Hannaford Aircraft Co., Inc. and it was listed as aircraft make "(Blackhawk Hannaford Rose) Parrakeet".  Foster Hannaford had it's registration changed to aircraft make as "Hannaford" on 5 May, 1948.   N40100 is rumored to have been built from a fuselage and parts left over from Rose Aeroplane & Motor Co. production.  That seems unlikely, in light of statements (Bib. #9) by Jack Rose that he welded up five airframes to help Anthony Ingrassia's Blackhawk Aircraft startup and CAA/FAA documents noted above.   By the late 60's Jack Rose thought of it as "stolen" property from his shop.  In a letter to the CAA Rose refers to Foster Hannaford as his "licensee".  Although the exact nature of the business relationship between Jack Rose and Foster Hannaford is unclear, Hannaford acquired a set of Rose Parrakeet drawings to work from.  Did he acquire them from Blackhawk Aircraft Co. along with the completed N40100 and four uncompleted airframes?  Jack Rose maintained that Hannaford simply changed the name in the title box from Rose Aeroplane & Motor Co. to Hannaford Aircraft Co. then attempted to have it certified under his name.  Further evidence of this is the 9 September, 1948 Airworthiness Certificate issued for N40100 by the CAA which states, "Certificated for the purpose of demonstration and conducting flight tests with a view towards obtaining a type certificate."  It appears that the CAA was unwilling to certify Hannaford's aircraft based on Jack Rose's Type Certificate 2-514 without Jack Rose's specific approval.  Jack Rose apparently threatened Hannaford with legal action.  The result is that N40100 was never certified under the "Normal" or "Utility" category.  It remained an Experimental Aircraft.

When Hannaford Aircraft Co., Inc. sold N40100 to Stan Dzik on 5 January, 1957, it was again listed as "Hannaford Parrakeet (Blackhawk Rose)" on the sales document and registered in the same manner.  Coincidentally, Stan Dzik is the engineer who "updated" every Hannaford Aircraft Co. Model D-1 drawing in 1956 and is also listed as the draftsman.  Was N40100 used as a payment for Dzik's engineering, design and drafting efforts, which in Foster Hannaford's mind, legitimized the Hannaford Model D-1 as a separate design from the Rose Parrakeet A-4?

N40100 passed through several more owners an was last issued an airworthines certificate on 4/1/65.  It was purchased by Doug Rhinehart in 1965.  Doug also owned a wrecked Rose Parrkeet NC14881.  Doug used the fuselage and from N40100 to rebuild NC14881, which he registered using paperwork (and data plate?) from Rose Parrakeet S/N 105, NC14881.

See More 1964 Pictures of N40100

Hannaford Rose Parrakeet N40100

Above - Hannaford "Parrakeet" Experimental S/N  A-4-00, N40100, w/ Continental A-65 engine.  Owned by Foster Hannaford, Jr. at August 1955, EAA National Fly-In, Milwaukee, WI, from Aug 1955, EAA Experimenter, p. 5.

Below - Hannaford "Bee" Experimental S/N  A-4-00, N40100, Continental A-85. Owned by L. D. Flaherty of Bolger, TX.  Photo taken at 1960 Vetrans Day Fly-In, Fairview, OK .  Photo by Robert Taylor from American Airman, vol. IV, no, 7, February 1961.

Hannaford Rose Parrakeet N40100

(Here is N04100/NC14881 account from Doug Rhinehart's son, Dan 04/16/05)
In a nutshell NX40100 was licensed in early 1947 as a factory testbed airplane for certification by Hannaford Aircraft company. The early 1947 license date is interesting in that Jack Rose's association with Forrest [Foster] Hannaford began not long before this time. This supports the contention that NX40100 was actually Rose Parrakeet S/N 109 which was not completed before the beginning of World War II.

By all accounts (from Jack Rose and others) Forrest [Foster] Hannaford was less than ethical in business matters. Mr. Rose stated that he had not heard from Mr. Hannaford for a few months and decided to go to the Hannaford shop to check on the progress on the parrakeet production process. Upon walking into the Hannaford shop Mr. Rose found that the headers had all been changed on the Rose drawings to "Hannaford Aircraft Corporation". The new airplane was called the Hannaford Bee. Mr. Hannaford contended that he made so many changes from the Rose A-1 that it was an entirely new airplane. The only problem with this contention is that Rose Aeroplane and Motor Company drawings dated 1939/1940 for the model A4C parrakeet incorporate all of the changes Hannaford claimed to have made in the design. Furthermore, other than the header on the Hannaford drawings they are even the same drawings. Hannaford even went so far as using the Rose promotional pamphlet with only minimal changes (mostly the name).

As for NC14881, it was apparently damaged in some accident in Texas in about 1950 and went to an aircraft salvage yard. My dad bought the remains from a man that obtained it from the aforementioned salvage yard. This was in the Fort Worth Texas area. My dad later was able to get a bill of sale from the salvage yard owner (the last registered owner) for the airplane. About all of the original airplane that was left was the fuselage frame and some miscellaneous parts. This was in the spring of 1965. I will send you more precise dates and information soon.

By that same token I have a picture of my dad bringing home N40100 from Texas that is dated 1965. NC14881 did not fly again until 1967. It looks like My dad basically bought N40100 for its original Rose factory parts and licensed it as a Rose airplane. Does it have any original parts from NC14881???  I wish that I knew.

I do know that by this time my dad was on very good terms with Mr. Rose. I suspect that they viewed this airplane (N40100) as the "stolen property" of the Rose Aeroplane and Motor Company as Hannaford literally cleaned out Mr. Rose's shop at some point. And to answer your question NC14881 was always known as "Ramblin Rose". My dad was a Nat King Cole fan.

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