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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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

Vance Breese was a prolific signer of the Registers of the Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. suite. Besides signing the Clover Field Register on Monday, December 31, 1928, he also signed the Parks Field Register six times and the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register four times.

Vance Breese, Date Unknown (Source: NASM)
Vance Breese, Date Unknown (Source: NASM)

 

His single landing at Santa Monica was made in a Ryan B-1 Brougham he identified as NC3746. He arrived at 4:00PM with a single unidentified passenger from "Alexander." I'm not sure of where Alexander was, unless he meant Alexander Airport in Colorado Springs, CO. Does anyone KNOW of an "Alexander" anywhere closer to Santa Monica? He stated no reason for his landing in the Register.

Between 1927 and 1934 he was president of Breese Aircraft Company (which went through several iterations of geographic location, name and organizational structure during those years) and the Detroit Aircraft Company.

Two of his Breese aircraft were competitors in the Dole Race, a trans-Pacific venture from Oakland, California to Hawaii that took place in August, 1927. The Breese named "Aloha" (NX914, didn't land at Santa Monica) took 2nd place with Martin Jensen and Paul Schluter as pilot and copilot. It was painted yellow and red. The "Pabco Pacific Flyer" (NX646; also didn't land at Santa Monica) was also a participant, but crashed upon takeoff at Oakland and did not attempt another start.

In 1928, Breese competed in the 1928 National Air Tour. During 1933-34 he moved to California and worked for Northrop Corporation as test pilot. In 1937 he worked for Bennett Aircraft Corp. as VP and test pilot.

Breese was born in Keystone, WA, April 20, 1904. He died June 26, 1973. His biography, with additonal photographs, is at the Davis-Monthan Airfield Web site at the link.

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