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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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CLAYTON C. ALLEN

Clayton Allen landed at Santa Monica sometime between Tuedsay, September 29, 1931 and Friday, October 2, 1931 (he didn't enter a date in the Register). His only passenger was California Governor James "Sunny Jim" Rolph, Jr. They arrived from Sacramento, CA in the Stinson Allen identified as NC10812. The good news is that the airplane is still registered with the FAA and, according to the public record, is owned by a trustee in Reno, NV. Does anyone KNOW if it is flying?

Oakland Tribune, May 27, 1933 (Source: Woodling)
Oakland Tribune, May 27, 1933 (Source: Woodling)

 

Oakland Tribune, May 29, 1942 (Source: Woodling)
Oakland Tribune, May 29, 1942 (Source: Woodling)

 

 

Several news articles state that Clayton Allen was Rolph's personal pilot. James "Sunny Jim" Rolph, Jr. was a colorful figure in California politics and has a large web presence today. Allen was also a pilot for Varney Speed Lines at the time, so the governor may have chartered the Stinson for the trip to Santa Monica.

Allen was also a flight instructor at Alameda, CA as cited in the article at left from the Oakland Tribune, May 27, 1933.

In the 1940s, he joined the Army Air Corps as cited in the article from the Oakland Tribune of May 29, 1942, at right. His operation of a flying school at Stockton, CA suggests he branched out on his own after he left the Bowman Flying Service cited in the article above. Just think of how interesting and novel a flight lesson was in 1933. So interesting that a public address, step-by-step account was offered to the public, probably for free, and probably as a marketing tool for R.P. Bowman's air service.

Allen did not live very long after the end of his service during WWII. The article below from the September 7, 1948 issue of the Oakland Tribune describes his passing at a veteran's facility in Reno, NV. No reason was given for his death.

Clayton Allen Obituary, Oakland Tribune, September 7, 1948 (Source: Woodling)
Clayton Allen Obituary, Oakland Tribune, September 7, 1948 (Source: Woodling)

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