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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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KARI-KEEN 60 NC108N

 

Kari-Keen NC108N, Popular Aviation, September, 1932 (Source: PA)

 

 

 

This airplane landed once at Santa Monica, on Tuesday, November 12, 1929 at 2:22PM. It was flown by Harold F. Brown (Transport pilot certificate T3448). He carried a single, unidentified passenger. Based at Los Angeles, CA, they were flying locally, landing at Clover Field from Riverside, CA and headed for Mines Field at 3:00PM. According to the Register, the airplane was owned by the Kari-Keen company.

There is no information at the Smithsonian that I could find for NC108N. However, the September, 1932 issue of Popular Aviation (PA) magazine published a unique photograph of it during a flight that was ended abruptly, right. The registration number is clearly visible on the bottom of the port wing, in front of the missing port aileron.

Given the angle of the airplane and the proximity to the ground, it's fortunate that Sharp and Evans walked away from the crash with only minor injuries. We can imagine, too, the sick feeling the photographer must have had as he snapped the image.

According to aerofiles.com, the Kari-Keen model 60-A Sioux Coupe was a two-place, high-wing, cabin monoplane. It was powered by a 45-55HP Velie M-5 engine. It had cantilever wings and cost $3,300 new. A couple of dozen were built, one of which, NC244K, was repowered with a 60HP Lambert engine and was flying into the mid-1950s.

A second model, the model 90, was also built in several versions with a 90HP Lambert radial engine. As with many aircraft manufacturers of the era, the Great Depression took its toll. But, it wasn't the only factor for Kari-Keen. According to aerofiles, in the early 1930s, the, "Company ceased operations after settling a lawsuit when a pilot crashed fatally in exhibition stunting." No mention was made if the crash resulted from a flight control failure.

 

 

 

 

 

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