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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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PANSY BOWEN

Pansy Bowen is signed once in the Clover Field Register, Saturday, August 15, 1931. She flew solo in the Hayden-Clark she identified as NC10613, S/N 1. Her airplane was powered by a 40HP Salmson engine and the model was identified as the "W-6 Time Builder."

Hayden-Clark W-6 NC10613 at Visalia, CA, Date Unknown (Source: aerofiles.com)
Hayden-Clark NC10613 at Visalia, CA, Date Unknown (Source: aerofiles.com)

 

At left, from aerofiles.com, is a photograph of her airplane, manufactured in Visalia, CA with "Visalia" painted on the hangar in the background. According to aerofiles, this airplane appears to be the only one built.

Bowen arrived at Santa Monica from Visalia and cited her destination as Cleveland, OH. She wrote "Thom [sic] Thumb Derby" in the remarks column of the Register. Curiously, three local newspapers that I examined (August 9, 12, and a report of the results of the Tom Thumb Derby on August 21) do not mention Pansy Bowen among their lists of Derby competitors.

Likewise, her cited destination, Cleveland, OH, suggests she was headed to the National Air Races (NAR) that were held in Cleveland that year from August 29th and September 7th. If she went to Cleveland she was either a spectator or did not place in any events, because she is not mentioned in any of the coverage of the NAR that year that appears in the Aircraft Yearbook. Does anyone KNOW if she made it to Cleveland?

In 1934, Bowen was an officer in the Ninety-Nines, a women's flying organization formed just five years earlier. The article, below, from the Oakland Tribune of September 24, 1934 cites Bowen as vice-governor of the California (?) 99s. She is pictured second from right. Governor Clema Granger, pictured 2nd from left, is a Davis-Monthan and Parks Airport Register signer as well as a Clover Register signer.

Pansy Bowen (2nd From Right), Oakland Tribune, September 24, 1934 (Source: Woodling)
Pansy Bowen (2nd From Right), Oakland Tribune, September 24, 1934 (Source: Woodling)

An online search finds a Pansy Bowen born December 9, 1889 (which would place her in her mid-40s in the photograph above), and died November 1, 1972 at age 82. I have no other personal information regarding Pansy Bowen. If you can help fill in the blanks, please let me KNOW.

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