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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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FOREST MYRTEN "IRON HAT" JOHNSTON

 

F.M. Johnston, Date Unknown (Source: NASM)
F.M. Johnston, Date Unknown (Source: NASM)

 

F.M. Johnston landed twice at Santa Monica. His first landing was on Monday, March 11, 1935 at 4:40PM. He was flying a Savoie Marchetti he identified as NC378N. He was northbound from San Diego, CA to San Francisco.

His “Iron Hat” nickname came from the derby he wore while flying. He was billed as the “king of stunt flyers” and "America's Thrill Rival to Falconi and Udet." His preferred airplane was the Aeronca C-2. Photograph, left from his NASM biographical folder, shows him in his bowler.

His second, solo, landing was on Friday April 5, 1935 at 5:00PM. He flew a preferred Aeronca C-2 this time. The registration number is unreadable in the Register. He was inbound from Alemeda, CA to San Diego. No purpose was given for his flight.

Johnston was a prolific stunt flyer and barnstormer of the Golden Age. His air show work included the standard loops and rolls with his C-2, as well as take-offs and landings on a special platform rigged on top of a speeding automobile. He also picked up a handkerchief from the ground with a hook attached to his left wingtip.

Johnston signed Registers a total of four times: twice at Santa Monica, once at the Davis-Monthan Airfield and once at Parks Field. "Iron Hat" Johnston's biography is at the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site at the link. There you will find articles and quotes that further describe his barnstorming and air show work. Forest Myrten “Iron Hat” Johnston was born January 12, 1904. He passed away on March 10, 1994 at Oakland, CA.

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