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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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FOKKER F-10A NC9169

THis airplane is a large, Fokker F-10A manufactured during July, 1929 by the Fokker Aircraft Corporation of America, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. It was serial number 1038. It left the factory with three Pratt & Whitney Wasp engines of 410HP each.

It sold almost immediately to Standard Airlines, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, and we find it landing at Santa Monica on Wednesday, July 31, 1929 at 4:50PM. It was flown by Paul E. Richter, Jr. Richter carried Transport pilot certificate T501. He wrote "Aero Corporation" in the destination and arrival columns of the Register.

He wrote Aero Corporation, because it was the parent organization of Standard Airlines and Richter, along with Jack Frye and Walter Hamilton, was one of the principals of both. NC9169 was to serve as a passenger and freight liner for Standard on its routes. It was named THE TEXAN, which was painted on the center engine cowling.

Please direct your browser to the Standard Airlines download (PDF; 671Kb), above, for an analysis of Standard's business during the late 1920s. Standard's routes ran from Los Angeles to Phoenix, Tucson and Douglas, AZ to El Paso, TX and back. Although not signed into the Davis-Monthan Register at the time, we find NC9169 on the ground at Tucson in the third and fourth photographs down at the link. Below is the third photo.

Fokker F-10A, NC9169, Tucson, AZ, November 18, 1929 (Source: Cosgrove Collection)
Fokker F-10A, NC9169, Tucson, AZ, November 18, 1929 (Source: Cosgrove Collection)

 

Standard Airlines was a big deal, because it was one of the first transport companies on the west coast. Standard and NC9169 were at the leading edge of an international transition that saw commercial air travel become more cost-effective. Later, through a series of mergers, Standard became part of TWA.

Specifically, NC9169 was sold to Western Air Express, Inc. (WAE) of Los Angeles on May 8, 1930. Further, from an issue of the TWA Skyliner, an internal employee news magazine, this explanation appeared on August 15, 1988. "Western Air Express handed over six F-10As [including NC9169] to Transcontinental & Western Air, which together with the four F-10s, four F-14s and two F-32s (of WAE), and 21 Ford Trimotors acquired from TAT-Maddux, formed TWA's fleet of 37 airplanes when it went into business on 25 October, 1930. The names, THE TEXAN (NC-9169) and THE ARIZONAN (NC-518K) did not carry over into Western Air operations or later with TWA."

These transactions were part of Standard Airlines' merger and asset incorporation into WAE and, ultimately, TWA. NC9169 was sold to American Airways, Inc of Dallas a year later on August 31, 1931.

On November 26, 1932, American Airways advised the CAA via letter that NC9169 had been removed from service and scrapped.

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