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Some of this information comes from the listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed aircraft reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.

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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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BOEING MODEL 80A/80A-1 NC228M

 

NC228M landed once at Clover Field on Wednesday, November 27, 1929. It was flown by Claire Vance. Vance wrote "United" Airport in the arrived from column. "Mines Field" was written in the destination column. This was a large, tri-motored airplane freshly manufactured by Boeing. The Model 80, along with the Ford and Fokker tri-Motors, were the predominant, large passenger liners of the Golden Age. Vance carried eight unidentified passengers and an unidentified co-pilot. Unless he stopped at Mines to discharge or pick up more passengers, this was a short hop within the confines of Los Angeles. It might have been a demonstration flight for VIPs to show off a new airplane.

NC228M (S/N 1086) was manufactured by the Boeing Airplane Company, Seattle, WA in late 1929. It left the factory with three Pratt & Whitney engines installed of 525HP each. The serial numbers of the engines were 333, 324 and 335. It weighed 17,500 pounds. It sold originally to the Boeing Air Transport Company, Seattle, WA. Vance acknowledged the company by writing, "Boeing Air Transport" in the remarks column of the Register.

NC228M was a very new airplane when we find it at Clover Field. It sold to the Boeing Air Transport, Inc., Seattle, WA on November 17, 1930, just ten days before Vance brought it to Santa Monica. I do not know if Vance worked for the transport company at the time. At his biography link above, however, you'll find that he flew a Boeing Model 40-C carrying passengers to the Davis-Monthan Airfileld. He signed the Register there during March and April, 1929.

NC228M was sold to United Air Lines on May 14, 1934. Then, in what looks like a shifting of assets, the airplane was sold to the United Air Lines Transport Corporation on December 27, 1934. According to the NASM record, NC228M was one of the aircraft considered for sale to the Ecuadorian government, 1935-36. There was no record at the NASM of that transfer. Its license was cancelled after its expiration on March 15, 1934. No further information.

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