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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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

Aline Miller landed once at Clover Field, on Friday, May 9, 1930. She was solo in the Waco GXE she identified as NC5107 (S/N 1501). She is listed in the Register as being the owner of the airplane.

Miller was among a group of at least 19 other women who landed at the same time, about mid-day. Their flights originated at several airfields around Los Angeles (Miller's originated in Fullerton, CA), but their unanimous destination that day was Culver City, CA. I have no information regarding the purpose of their group flight, other than a suggestion by John Underwood as quoted on Cecil Allen's page at the link (scroll about halfway down the page). Only two of them were charter members of the newly formed 99s (indicated below by *).

The group consisted of (in order of landing), W.V. Ludlow (?), Melba Gorby(*), Mary Cline, Jean Stuart, Ethel Richardson, Helen M. Beck, E. Curley, Clema Granger, Eunice Sargent, Patty Willis, Ruth Alexander, Gladys O'Donnell (*), Miller, LaVelle Sweeley, Elizabeth Kelley, Katherine Truett, Lindsay Holladey, Edith Bond, Felice Farrow and Peggy Gilliland. If you know anything about these women, please let me KNOW. I list their names here so that the search engines will find them. The ? after Ludlow signifies that I am not sure of gender.

Below is a photograph of Miller, right, with Patty Willis, one of the signers of the Clover Field Register that day. One could guess that the photo was taken that day.

Patty Willis and Aline Miller, Date Unknown (Source: Alessi)

Another photograph, below, shows Miller posed beside a biplane. Can anyone IDENTIFY the airplane? It looks like her GXE from the exhaust and radiator geometry.

Aline Miller, 1930 (Source: Alessi)
Aline Miller, 1930 (Source: Alessi)

Aline Miller was the fiance of Davis-Monthan Register pilot Cecil Allen. Much more information, including many photographs, is at the link. Miller was killed in the crash of an Emsco B-7-C monoplane, NC869N, at the Grand Central Air Terminal (GCAT) on March 22, 1931, about ten months after her visit to Clover Field. The accident was logged tersely in the GCAT Register by the tower operator as, "File #4 Washout." Does anyone KNOW the whereabouts of "File #4"? Below, the aftermath of the crash. The aircraft registration number is clearly visible on the vertical stabilizer on the original photograph.

Crash of Emsco NC869N, March 22, 1931 (Source: Spark)
Crash of Emsco NC869N, March 22, 1931 (Source: Spark)

The terrific force of the crash can be seen in the photographs, above and below, shared by site visitor Nick Spark. The originals of these photos were printed 2 1/8" x 2 1/4," very small by today's standards.

Crash of Emsco NC869N, March 22, 1931 (Source: Spark)

The crash also killed Miller's passenger. Her Emsco aircraft is pictured below, before the crash, courtesy of this REFERENCE, page 55.

Emsco NC869N, Date Unknown (Source: Underwood)
Emsco NC869N, Date Unknown (Source: Underwood)

Below, courtesy of C. Alessi (please refer to Cecil Allen's page, linked above) are two photographs of Aline with her Emsco.

Aline Miller with Emsco NC869N, Date Unknown (Source: Alessi)

Further, extensive details about the crash and its aftermath are at Allen's link, above. Miller held transport pilot certificate number T12400.

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