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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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ZENITH ALBATROSS NX3622

NX3622, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Web)

 

This large airplane, right, landed once at Clover Field, on Wednesday, September 18, 1929 at 3:45PM. It was flown by Jimmie Angel, who carried six unidentified passengers and an unidentified co-pilot. They arrived at Santa Monica from Long Beach, CA, and identified Long Beach as their destination. They did not identify a departure time or a purpose for their flight.

NX3622 was manufactured during December 1927. It was the only one of its kind, and had no assigned serial number. It was a large, 12-place, enclosed cockpit, high-wing, tri-motored monoplane with a 90-foot wingspan. It cruised at 95MPH behind three 125HP Siemens-Halske engines. With a fuel capacity of 1,300 gallons, it had a range of 6,700 miles. Early in its life it appeared in a silent film in 1928, Conquest (WB 1928, silent) starring Monte Blue.

It was named the Schofield Albatross, because it was operated by Schofield, Inc. owned by Harry A Miller and G.L. Schofield. The photograph below, courtesy of John Underwood, shows a starboard profile of the airplane during 1929 wearing Schofield livery. The location is the Grand Central Air Terminal (GCAT). Note the incomplete control tower at the far left. Follow the link to GCAT and scroll down the home page for other photographs of the terminal under construction. Note also this photograph of X3622 in almost the same position.

Zenith NX3622 at Grand Central Air Terminal, 1929 (Source: link)
Zenith NX3622 at Grand Central Air Terminal, 1929 (Source: link)

According to aerofiles.com, NX3622 succeeded, after four attempts, in taking off weighing 9,898 pounds, 2.47 times its empty weight, in a 1928 demonstration flight. The goal was to carry enough fuel for 70 hours in the air.

Zenith NX3622, 1935 (Source: USCDC)

 

After a refueled endurance flight record attempt with NX3622 by Jimmie Angel and his crew (described at the link), I have very little information regarding the use of NX3622. However, two photographs from the University of California Digital Collection (USCDC) show its ultimate fate beginning in 1935. It was posted as a static display at a Texaco filling station in Glendale, CA during 1935, left. The photo caption at the USCDC link stated, "Giving away a new Plymouth Southern California 1935. Photograph of new Plymouth at service station,Southern California, 1935. Subject: giving away new Plymouth; Client: Mission Tire & Rubber Co., Hicks Organization, Mr. L.H Bees, 508 West Broadway, Glendale..."

 

Another photograph of NX3622, below, from the same source, is at the link. The date of this photograph is 1939, and it appears that the airplane was moved to a different filling station.

Zenith NX3622, 1939 (Source: USCDC)

The caption for this photograph stated, "Photograph of an exterior view of the Royal Albatross Gas Station in Studio City, CA, ca.1939. View of the Royal Albatross, an airplane used as a service station, located on the eastern vertex of a narrow strip of land bordered by Ventura Boulevard (south), Ventura Place (north, seen here, foreground) and Laurel Canyon Boulevard (west). Gasoline pumps are set up under the wing spans. The wing in the foreground of the image is supported by columns that sit in front of the fuel bay. The rear of the airplane reads "Royal Albatross". A sign on a post in the left foreground reads "Good Rich", while a building at the right edge of the image reads "Paul A [?]". Hills are visible in the right background."

NX3622 probably landed one other time at GCAT, on Monday, December 15, 1930 at 4:16PM. I say "probably" because the registration number was not entered in the Register. However, the pilot was Jimmie Angel and the airplane was identified as an Albatross. Since NX3622 was the only one of its kind, Q.E.D. Besides those linked above, other photographs are online, e.g. at the San Diego Aerospace Museum at the link.

At least two other Zenith aircraft are found among the Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. Registers. They are NC935Y, S/N 5, a model Z-6-B signed into both the Davis-Monthan and GCAT Registers, and NX578K, S/N unknown, a model Z-6 signed in the Clover Field Register. I'm looking for information about these airplanes. If you have some, please let me KNOW.

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