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1928 photo of front view of Zenith Albatross Z-12 with people lined up under the wings of the airplane. Prior to 1927, Zenith Corporation manufactured farm implements in Midway City, California, United States.[1] After learning of American aviator Charles Lindbergh's famed May 20–21, 1927 first solo transatlantic flight via non-stop fixed-wing aircraft flight between America and mainland Europe,[1] Zenith Corporation owners Charles Rocheville and Albin Peterson formed the Zenith Aircraft Corporation.[2] Three months later, by August 1927, Zenith Aircraft Corporation built a huge, lightweight tri-motor aircraft named Schofield Albatross in a hangar/factory at Midway City Airport.[2] To make its maiden flight some time in the fall of 1927, the Albatross, identified as Zenith Albatross Z-12,[1] had an externally braced wing spanning 90-ft and a fuselage designed to carry 14 passengers and baggage at a maximum speed of 100-mph.[2] Lindbergh considered buying the plane, but declined.[3] With no market for the then largest aircraft in the world,[3] the Zenith Albatross Z-12 eventually was sold to Hollywood and used to represent a crashed Fokker in the 1928 film Conquest directed by filmmaker Roy Del Ruth.[2] Zenith manufactured a second airplane, the Zenith Albatross Z-6, before the 1930s Great Depression affected the corporation and Zenith went back to manufacturing farm equipment in 1932.[1][3]

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  1. a b c d Don Parsons (March 2007). "Restoration: "That Big Biplane", 1929 Zenith Z6A". Air & Space Magazine 21. National Air and Space Museum. Retrieved on May 27, 2012.
  2. a b c d (August 1 2006). "An Albatross Around Their Necks: An Attempt To Build A Lightweight Tri-Motor". Air Classics 42 (8): 46. Challenge Publications Inc.. Retrieved on May 22, 2012.
  3. a b c Westfall, Douglas Paul () Story of The Town of Bolsa, Orange, California: Paragon Agency, p. 78 Retrieved on June 1, 2012. ISBN: 1-891-03038-8. OCLC: 52973607.

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