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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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FRANK MONROE HAWKS

 

Frank Hawk, Ca. 1929 (Source: Associated Press)
Frank Hawk, Ca. 1929 (Source: Associated Press)

 

Frank Hawks learned to fly at age 18. After finishing high school, he became interested in flying when a barnstormer came to town. The price for a flight was $25, but Hawks posed as a news reporter and went up for nothing. He admitted his trick and became “ground crew” for the ship.

He attended the University of California for two years and left to join the air service in hope of serving overseas. He did not. Rather, he was detailed instead as an instructor at Love Field, TX. He retired from the army with the rank of captain, then barnstormed around the country, flew mail and payrolls and stunted with air circuses. Through his short life, he packed 214 point-to-point aviation records in his 23-year flying career. Do the math.

Dapper photograph, left, taken in anticipation of a record attempt: to fly transcontinental in each direction in under 36 hours. He missed his mark by an hour and 57 minutes. The airplane he stands in front of is the Lockheed Air Express, NR7955, which he flew for that attempt. Later, in August 1930, in a Beech Mystery Ship named "Texaco 13", Hawks flew east-west in 14 hrs. 50 min. 3 sec. and west-east in 12 hr. 25 min 3 sec, thus breaking his 36-hour goal.

Besides his single landing at Santa Monica, Hawks signed the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register once, the Parks Field Register six times and the Peterson Field Register twice.

Hawks' biography is at the Davis-Monthan Register Web site at the link. There you will find other photographs, news articles and links that cover his life and exploits. Frank Hawks was born March 28, 1897 at Marshalltown, IA. He died on August 23, 1938 when a Gwinn Aircar he was flying struck power lines and crashed at East Aurora, NY.

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