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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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FLORENCE LOWE "Pancho" BARNES

 

Pancho Barnes, Date Unknown (Source: NASM)
Pancho Barnes, Date Unknown (Source: NASM)

 

Pancho Barnes was an instigator, partner and participant in the lore of Golden Age Aviation. She was profane, a pilot, air racer, entrepreneur, tenacious friend and leader of the good life that caused her to spend her way through a couple of fortunes and a pair of husbands. Her reputation has led to a relatively robust media and Web presence today, including a documentary film and several biographies in book form.

She landed five times at Clover Field in three different aircraft. Her first landing was August 10-13, 1930 (interpolated from the Register; she didn't cite a landing date). She arrived solo in the Monocoupe she identified as NC194K belonging to Loma Worth. She arrived from Santa Paula, CA enroute to Culver City, CA.

Incidentally, Barnes also landed twice at the Davis-Monthan Airfield and is signed in the Register there. Her biography, with photographs and links to her airplane histories, is on the Davis-Monthan Register site at the link. There are also two interesting itinerary charts plotted on that page, one deep into Mexico.

Three of her landings at Santa Monica were in the Travel Air NC4419 (she also flew this airplane through Tucson). She owned the airplane, a model 4000, and, at the link, you'll find that it still exists and is being restored.

Her landing on August 5, 1931 was in the rare Travel Air "Mystery R," NR613K. A photograph of her with this airplane is at her biography link, above. The one below is from a Facebook link.

Pancho Barnes With Travel Air "Mystery R" NC613K, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Web)
Pancho Barnes With Travel Air "Mystery R" NC613K, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Web)

Born into wealth July 29, 1901, she died in March, 1975. She carried Transport License T4668.

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