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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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

 

Art Goebel, Ca. 1927 (Source: Kalina)
Art Goebel, Ca. 1927 (Source: Kalina)

Art Goebel signed the Clover Field Register once, on Saturday, July 20, 1929 at 9:20AM. He arrived from Kansas City, MO and identified his destination as Clover Field. He was solo in an unidentified Butler Blackhawk. It is easy to guess that the airplane could be either NC521, which belonged to Goebel, or NC730K belonging to Clover Register signer Jim Granger, who operated a flight school at Clover Field. NC730K landed in the hands of a different pilot a month later on August 16, 1929.

Goebel learned to fly in 1920 in California. In the late 1920s, he belonged to the "Thirteen Black Cats of Hollywood," movie stunt fliers. A founding member of the Cats was Clover Register pilot Burdett Fuller. Goebel's flying skills and detailed preparation for movie scenes led to success and notoriety as his flying career proceeded.

And proceed it did. Goebel made a permanent name for himself in August, 1927 when he and copilot/navigator William V. Davis, Jr. won the Dole Race. The Dole ran from Oakland, CA to Honolulu, T.H. Goebel and Davis covered the 2,400 mile distance in 26 hours, 17 minutes and 33 seconds. They flew in a Travel Air model 6000 transport named "Woolaroc" pictured behind Goebel at right. They won $25,000 for their efforts. Your Webmaster wrote a book about the Dole Race entitled "Winners' Viewpoints." You can learn more about the book at the link in the left sidebar.

I know little about Goebel's personal life, or what he did for fun. One of his passtimes seemed to be angling. Below, courtesy of the San Diego Aerospace Museum Flickr Stream (SDAM) are two images of Goebel at leisure. The first one shows him with four unidentified people and a speed boat named Woolaroc III. The date and location are unknown, except the photograph must have been snapped after December, 1933 when Prohibition was repealed (note the cold beer sign).

Art Goebel (R), Dated After December, 1933 (Source: SDAM)

The second photograph from SDAM shows Goebel with two fish that appear to be kingfish or mackerel.

Art Goebel With Two Mackerel (Source: SDAM)
Art Goebel With Two Mackerel (Source: SDAM)

A third SDAM photograph, below, is rare in that it shows three Register entities captured in one image. Left to right are William McAdoo, owner of Lockheed NC309H, Henry "Hap" Arnold as a Colonel, and Goebel. The occasion appears to be an air race.

L-R Aircraft Owner W. McAdoo, Register Pilots Hap Arnold and Arthur Goebel, Date Unknown (Source: SDAM)
L-R Aircraft Owner W. McAdoo, Register Pilots Hap Arnold and Arthur Goebel, Date Unknown (Source: SDAM)

Arthur C. Goebel landed five times at the Davis-Monthan Airfield, and once at Peterson Field, Colorado Springs, CO. Goebel led a full aviation life. He has a good Web presence, and his biography is at the link to the Davis-Monthan Register Web site. You will find additional photographs and information there, as well as information and links about the Dole Race. He was born October 19, 1895. He died December 3, 1973.

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