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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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CORNELIUS FRE-WING MODEL PW-1 NX182W

This airplane landed once at Clover Field, on Tuesday, October 20, 1931. It was flown by George Wilbur Cornelius, who designed, manufactured and owned the airplane. He carried a single unidentified passenger. "Grand Central" was written in the arrived from column. Below, from aerofiles.com, is a photograph of NX182W.

Cornelius Fre-Wing, Model PW-1, NX182W, Date Unknown (Source: aerofiles.com)
Cornelius Fre-Wing, Model PW-1, NX182W, Date Unknown (Source: aerofiles.com)

 

The design of PW-1 NX182W was an open cockpit, single high-parasol wing, with variable incidence via hinges at the center section. The wing was free to change its angle of incidence. It had unusual trailing ailerons under the wing, which were later removed. It was powered by a single 125HP Menasco B-4 engine. It had a wingspan of 30'6" and a length of 20'6." It was the only example built of this model. Another photograph, below, from Popular Science, May 1931.

NX182W in Popular Science, May 1931 (Source: Woodling)
NX182W in Popular Science, May 1931 (Source: Woodling)

Cornelius and his airplane made the rounds of west coast environs during the early 1930s. Documents posted at Cornelius' page linked above cite his flights to San Francisco, San Diego and Agua Caliente, Mexico. As well, NX183W appears 39 times in the Grand Central Air Terminal Register during 1931.

According to aerofiles.com, the history of the company that built this airplane was as follows. In 1930, its founder George Wilbur Cornelius established the Cornelius Aircraft Co. at Glendale CA. About 1935 the company moved to Van Nuys CA; in 1940 to Dayton OH. In 1941, it was renamed the Cornelius-Hoepli Co.

Over a dozen years or so, Cornelius and his company designed and built four types for a total of six airplanes. All are summarized at the Cornelius link. More information about the Cornelius designs, and photographs, is available at this link.

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