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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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GEORGE "SLIM" MAVES

 

George Maves, Date :Unknown (Source: McGee)
George Maves, Date :Unknown (Source: McGee)

 

After learning to fly, George Maves was a stunt pilot and a member of several "air circuses", including the well-known Hollywood stunt team known as the Thirteen Black Cats. Later he worked for a couple of early airlines on the west coast, including Pickwick Airways. He is pictured at right wearing a cap of that airline. Interestingly, what looks like a colorized lapel pin is really a spot on the photograph.

Maves landed twice as pilot in command at Clover Field. His first visit was on Tuesday, March 12, 1929 at 2:40PM. He carried two unidentified passengers in Cessna AW NC6445. The airplane was listed as owned by Morrison Airways, probably his employer at the time.

His second landing was on Tuesday, March 26, 1929 at 3:00PM in the Waco ATO he identified as NC9558. He carried a single unidentified passenger. Both flights were local to the Los Angeles area, with Van Nuys, CA cited as his base.

Maves also appears once in the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. He was a passenger at Tucson, arriving with Hollywood actor Wallace Beery on on December 18, 1928. He worked for Beery as pilot/mechanic for this airplane. He was 24 years old and had learned to fly at age 19 at Clover Field as a pupil of Register pilot Art Goebel.

Maves' biography is at the Davis-Monthan Register Web site at the link. I do not know the date of his birth, but he perished in an airplane accident on March 14, 1930, about a year after his landings at Santa Monica. The flight condition described at the link sounds like the airplane got too slow in a turn and the angle of bank drove the stall speed up beyond their airspeed, resulting in a stall break and the classic stall-spin accident from a low altitude. One of his passengers was his wife, to whom he had been married only two months. Maves carried Transport Pilot certificate T3844.

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