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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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MORELAND M-1 NX273E

 

This airplane was made by Moreland Aircraft Company in 1929 at its manufacturing facility at Mines Field, Los Angeles, CA. It landed once at Clover Field, on April 5, 1929. The pilot's name is unclear, but could be E.H. Batchler. The destination was cited as Oakland, CA. The owner was identified as G.E. Moreland. The M-1 was reportedly designed by the famous Douglas Aircraft designer, Ed Heinemann. NX273E was the first example of the M-1 model manufactured.

Below, a photograph of NX273E from the University of Southern California Digital Library (USC). If you direct your browser to the link, you'll be able to zoom in on this image to see the pilot in the cockpit, and to see the novel geometry of the passenger compartment windscreen. The writing at right says, "Monoplane made by Moreland Aircraft Co. at the Mines Field Factory."

Moreland M-1 NX273E in Flight, Los Angeles, CA, 1929 (Source: USC)
Moreland M-1 NX273E in Flight, Los Angeles, CA, 1929 (Source: USC)

The same photograph is online at aerofiles.com. Aerofiles describes the airplane as the M-1 Parasol (wings suspended on pylons and struts above the fuselage), built in 1929 under ATC 241. It was an open cockpit, two-place monoplane with a 220hp Wright J-5 engine, a wingspan of 39'0," and a useful load of 1,020 pounds. It cost $10,750 new.

According to Juptner (v.3; pp. 123-124), four of the model were manufactured. The M-1 was designed for businessmen who needed the efficiency of air travel, with the comfort of a stable and strong airplane. The front cockpit had a fold out desk for use by the non-pilot businessman to complete last-minute work while aloft. Unfortunately, the Great Depression truncated the market for these robust aircraft, and most of the four found their way to agricultural dusting operations. The Moreland Company went out of business in 1933.

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