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Your copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register with all the pilots' signatures and helpful cross-references to pilots and their aircraft is available at the link. 375 pages with black & white photographs and extensive tables

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The Congress of Ghosts (available as eBook) is an anniversary celebration for 2010.  It is an historical biography, that celebrates the 5th year online of www.dmairfield.org and the 10th year of effort on the project dedicated to analyze and exhibit the history embodied in the Register of the Davis-Monthan Airfield, Tucson, AZ. This book includes over thirty people, aircraft and events that swirled through Tucson between 1925 and 1936. It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders. Order your copy at the link.

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Military Aircraft of the Davis Monthan Register, 1925-1936 is available at the link. This book describes and illustrates with black & white photographs the majority of military aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield between 1925 and 1936. The book includes biographies of some of the pilots who flew the aircraft to Tucson as well as extensive listings of all the pilots and airplanes. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author, while supplies last.

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Art Goebel's Own Story by Art Goebel (edited by G.W. Hyatt) is written in language that expands for us his life as a Golden Age aviation entrepreneur, who used his aviation exploits to build a business around his passion.  Available as a free download at the link.

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Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race (available as eBook) is available at the link. This book describes and illustrates with black & white photographs the majority of military aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield between 1925 and 1936. The book includes biographies of some of the pilots who flew the aircraft to Tucson as well as extensive listings of all the pilots and airplanes. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author, while supplies last.

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Clover Field: The first Century of Aviation in the Golden State (available in paperback) With the 100th anniversary in 2017 of the use of Clover Field as a place to land aircraft in Santa Monica, this book celebrates that use by exploring some of the people and aircraft that made the airport great. 281 pages, black & white photographs.

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AIRPLANES THAT LANDED AT CLOVER FIELD

What were some of our airplanes that landed at the Clover Field? The aircraft were as varied as their pilots; their itineraries and histories are equally as interesting and uplifting; sometimes equally as tragic.

Some were owned by early aviation entrepreneurs; some were brand new and making their maiden flights; some flew around the U.S. for many hundreds of hours before and after they came into our view at Santa Monica; some were used for rum-running and advertising, airshows and races, honeymoons and other endurance events.

Most of the aircraft are identified by their registration numbers as well as their make and model. Please check "What's New on the Site" to see information on airplanes I have recently uploaded. Follow those leads for examples of the types of extended information I envision for this site.

 
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Many of the aircraft and their descriptions, you'll discover through the dropdown menus above, are summarized from my research visits with the National Air and Space Museum historical aircraft listings, available in the archives at the Museum on the Mall and at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport. These lists are hand-written documents, sometimes rich with data, sometimes not. The older the aircraft, the less detail is available, and there are gaps of a decade or more in some planes’ chains of custody. Many aircraft endured modifications that challenged their airworthiness, and they suffered many accidents during their relatively short lives. Some are still registered with the FAA today and I have noted that in their histories here and elsewhere on this suite of Web sites.

Of 798 total visits, there were at least 525 individual aircraft that landed at Clover Field between 1928 and 1939. I say "at least", because some pilots did not record the registration numbers of the airplanes, some entries were unreadable, and some of those probably landed multiple times.

The 525 individual aircraft comprised at least 77 unique manufacturer marques, or brands, of aircraft. The usual suspects were there: Waco, Travel Air, Lockheed, Stearman, etc. But, rare ones landed also: Butler, Straughan, Longren, Solar etc. Other brands we may never know about, since numerous pilots did not identify the registration number, marque or model of the airplanes they were flying. Please follow this link to investigate the individual manufacturers that I documented on the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site.

The most frequent marque to visit Clover Field was Travel Air with 82 logged landings. Travel Air was followed by Waco (61), Stinson (51) and Boeing with 38 landings. At the other extreme, brands, like Solar, Cardinal, Earl Populair and Cornelius are represented only once.

The first airplane noted in the register was a Stinson Junior, NC9601, flown by Ed Merritt (transport license #T775). He landed solo December 31, 1928. He was inbound from Phoenix, AZ.

The final landing logged in the Register was on August 4, 1939. The pilot left neither name nor airplane identification, and will always remain a mystery.

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