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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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TRAVEL AIR MYSTERY TYPE S NR613K

 

NC613K was manufactured August 19, 1929. It wore manufacturer's serial number RC-2002. This airplane is represented five times in the Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. Registers. It landed four times at the Grand Central Air Terminal (GCAT), and once at Santa Monica.

NR613K was flown to Clover Field on Wednesday, August 5, 1931 by Florence Lowe "Pancho" Barnes. Please direct your browser to her link to understand the flying and personal life of this interesting Golden Age character. Barnes and her airplane were based in the Los Angeles area, and she noted in the arrival column of the Register, "Metropolitan," indicating that she flew to Santa Monica from Metro airport in Van Nuys, CA. She cited no destination.

Below, from the San Diego Aerospace Museum Flicker Stream (SDAM), is a profile of NX613K without its engine. Note the difference in the registration number. The "NX" designation was assigned after Barnes sold the airplane to Paul Mantz in 1938. She sold the airframe, with instruments, but without engine, to United Air Services, Union Air Terminal, Burbank, CA. Register pilot Paul Mantz was the president of United Air Services. The bill of sale was dated September 6, 1938. This photograph could be dated sometime after that date, probably in Mantz's hangar.

Travel Air NX613K, After 1938 (Source: SDAM)
Travel Air NX613K, After 1938 (Source: SDAM)

The airplane's maintenance record states, in United Air Services hands, "Wings completely overhauled and recovered. Gas tanks all removed and overhauled. Entire ship dissembled [sic] and rebuilt. New control cables. Tires. Complete major overhaul." According to a second bill of sale, on November 4, 1938, Barnes sold Mantz the engine. Below, from SDAM, a profile of NX613K with the original engine installed.

Travel Air NX613K, After 1938 (Source: SDAM)
Travel Air NX613K, After 1938 (Source: SDAM)

NX613K still exists and it is being restored as of the upload date of this page. Additional, earlier photographs, and a description of its chain of custody, including present-day plans, are at the GCAT link, above. Please direct your browser there for further details.

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