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Arrow Sport Model F in SFO’s Terminal 3

3 September 2012

Arrow Sport Model F in SFO’3 Terminal 3

Arrow Sport Model F in Terminal 3 of SFO — photo by Joseph May

The San Francisco Airport Museum & Library uses most of the airport spaces for exhibits, some rotate and some semi-permanent. Truly, it is a joy to spend time there and well worth walking around — but go to the International Terminal for most of the displays as well as the better variety of food. Terminal 3 has a light private aircraft suspended above the escalators, a design with an interesting history.

A closer view of the open cockpit and strut braced low wing (note the radiator underneath the open cockpit) — photo by Joseph May

It is the 1937 Sport Model F which was manufactured by the Arrow Aircraft Corp. out of Lincoln NE. Meant for a developing low cost private aircraft market it used a Ford V-8 automobile engine with a pull-type starter the pilot worked from the open side-by-side cockpit. The economics did not develop as anticipated though the aircraft has a reputation for sturdiness and reliability — with the factory closing in 1940.

The Model F is suspended with a great view from the 2nd floor balcony, escalator or ground floor — photo by Joseph May

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 22 June 2015 10:55

    Enjoy seeing this fine looking historic American airplane on display at SF International. My father owned one of these planes in Los Angles in 1939. He was a mid-western young man that moved to California to learn how to fly. Sold his car and bought this plane. Then became a mechanic on P-38s in WW2. A great story. Thanks again for this information on this very sexy looking aircraft. Don Etchison

    • travelforaircraft permalink
      23 June 2015 22:26

      More than welcome and glad to help 🙂

  2. william permalink
    17 July 2017 19:34

    i love it..wish i could see it in person..also my father w.e.tucker had a arrow sport plane that he sold to ray morris back in the 70’s or 80’s . not sure where it is now but would very much like to know.i grew up with it in our garage..

    • travelforaircraft permalink
      3 August 2017 15:35

      Often it is fun to find the history of an individual aircraft. I’m glad you and your dad enjoyed yours.

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