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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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STINSON W NC12146

 

This airplane is a Stinson model W, S/N 3054. It was manufactured in 1931, and, as of the upload date of this page, it is still registered with the FAA by its owner in Washington State. At the time it visited Clover Field it was owned by Grand Canyon Airlines.

NC12146 landed twice at Santa Monica. Both times the pilot was Grover E. "Roxy" Ruckstell, who was based in Los Angeles, and who was a financial backer for Grand Canyon Airlines. His first visit was on Saturday, April 13, 1935. According to the Register, he was on a round-robin flight from Burbank, CA. His second visit was Thursday, November 7, 1935, on a round-robin flight from United Airport, which is synonymous with Burbank. Roxy Ruckstell carried Transport pilot certificate T10006.

Below is a photograph of NC12146 in the late 1930s at Boeing Field, Seattle, WA.

Stinson NC12146, Late 1930s, Boeing Field, Seattle, WA (Source: Ziesmer)
Stinson NC12146, Late 1930s, Boeing Field, Seattle, WA (Source: Ziesmer)

Besides its two landings at Santa Monica, NC12145 also landed once and is signed in the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. Ruckstell was the pilot for that landing, which occurred April 24, 1935, just eleven days after his first visit at Clover Field. The full technography for NC12146 is online at the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site at the link. There you will find many photographs of the airplane spanning the late 1930s to 2004, as well as a link to Ruckstell's biography.

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