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There is no biographical file for pilot Blaufuss in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.

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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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WILLIAM BARWIG BLAUFUSS

W.B. Blaufuss in U.S. Army Retired List, Ca. Late 1930s (Source: Web)

 

William Barwig Blaufuss was born December 15, 1898 in Illinois. He was a 1924 graduate mechanical engineer from the Armour Institute of Technology (Chicago), now IIT.

At right is his military record from the U.S. Army retired list, late 1930s. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917, achieved the rank of 2nd lieutenant and was honorably discharged in 1919. After college, he rejoined the Air Corps as a flying cadet in 1926 and graduated the Air Corps primary and advanced flying schools in 1927. He became a 1st lieutenant in November 1933 and retired in July, 1934 with a disability in the line of duty. In 1938 the House of Representatives passed a private relief bill, to reinstate him from retired status to active service as a first lieutenant, but it died for want of the President's signature.  

Blaufuss landed once at Santa Monica, on Friday, June 7, 1935 at 5:00PM. He carried two unidentified passengers in the Travel Air he identified as NC8842 (a Model A-4000, S/N 1006). They remained overnight, departing the next day. They arrived at Santa Monica from Trona, CA and identified their destination as San Diego, CA. As a civilian pilot he worked in the potash industry at Trona, CA northeast of Barstow. Trona today is still a minerals mining town.

Earlier, he also is signed four times in the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register, Tucson, AZ. When he flew as a lieutenant for the Army Air Service he was based at Riverside, CA, March Field (where March Field is located to this day). Among other craft, he flew the Keystone LB-5A bomber. Indeed, at his first landing at Tucson, Friday, September 7, 1928, he flew an unidentified Keystone as part of a flight of eight. The arrival of the Keystone bombers at Tucson was captured in a film available at the link. He also flew Douglas aircraft. He flew the Douglas O-32A 30-217 and landed at Tucson, Wednesday, June 18, 1930. Please direct your browser east to the Tucson site for additional information about Blaufuss and his military airplanes.

In 1944 Blaufuss moved from Los Angeles to Hartford, CT where he worked as an engineer for Pratt & Whitney.  At his link in Tucson, you will find that he traveled extensively during the late 1940s and into the 1950s. His travel was probably related to his work with Pratt & Whitney. In 1955 he moved back to Los Angeles.

"My Affair," 1938, Music by W.B.
Blaufuss
(Source: USPO)

 

Interestingly, on the side Blaufuss was a published songwriter, responsible for the music for a ditty called "Our Affair" patented October 22, 1938. The patent for his song is at left, courtesy of the U.S. Patent Office (USPO).

 

Blaufuss flew West just before his 83rd birthday, on December 4, 1981 in Placerville, CA.

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