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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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 SR-5A NC13868

This airplane was a Stinson SR-5A, S/N 9242-A, manufactured in 1934. It appeared in the Clover Field Register once, on Tuesday, July 9, 1935. It was flown by Bob Dake on what appeared to be a local flight from Los Angeles Mines Field to United Airport in Burbank. He identified no passengers, but he did note that the airplane was owned by the Kendall Refining Company of Bradford, PA.

Below, from the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts (UDHA, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah; Clifton Bray Film Negative Collection), is a starboard photograph of NC13868 taken June 23, 1935, within weeks of its landing at Clover Field. The airplane wears Kendall livery. Pilot Dake stands with cigarette and fedora second from right.

Stinson NC13868, June 23, 1935 (Source: UDHA)
Stinson NC13868, 1935 (Source: UDHA)

The structure at left rear in the photo appears to be just a facade of what might become a hangar. Below, a port side photograph of NC13868 from Vintage Aviation, Vol. 16, No. 2, February 1988.

Stinson NC13868 in Vintage Aviation, Vol. 16, No. 2, February 1988 (Source: VA)
Stinson NC13868 in Vintage Aviation, Vol. 16, No. 2, February 1988 (Source: VA)

 

Bradford Era (PA), September 17, 1936 (Source: Woodling)
Bradford Era (PA), September 17, 1936 (Source: Woodling)

 

 

The photo caption, above, suggests NC13868 "bought the farm" somewhere. To my knowledge, NC13868 no longer exists. It was last registered May 22, 1936 to H.H. Greene of Bradford, PA. According to FAA records, the registration was cancelled September 16, 1936. The reason for the cancellation is made clear by the news article, left, from the Bradford Era (PA), September 17, 1936. It seems the airplane was flooded with sea water after it was force landed on Coney Island beach on Long Island. Sea water and airframes do not mix very well. It seems Greene knew this and cancelled the registration as soon as he and his wife dried off.

Also from the New York Post, September 17, 1936

2 Get Bath as Plane is Downed at Coney

10,000 See Wave Upset Ship Landing on Beach

The customers got  an unexpected thrill last night at the Coney Island Mardi Gras and two flyers got an unexpected dip into the surf. Forced down by lack of fuel, Howard Greene, oil company executive, of Bradford, Pa., and his wife, Mabel, landed their plane on the sand, but a huge wave broke a wheel of their ship, upset it and imprisoned them in their cabin, while the surf pounded over them. Lifeguards broke windows of the plane and rescred the Greenes, who were soaked but unhurt. About 10,000 persons saw the accident.

 

Whereas NC13868 is signed in only one of our Registers, pilot Dake, who was trained as a a Pittsburgh, PA architect, but was an era-spanning pilot, is signed in three. He signed the Clover Field Register twice, above, and four years earlier on August 15,1931. He also signed the Davis-Monthan Register even earlier, on September 9, 1928 while competing in the National Air Races . And he signed the Parks Airport Register sometime between July 6 and August 2, 1932. Please go to his biography link above to learn about this accomplished pilot and veteran of three wars.

 

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