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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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WILLIAM A. MONDAY

Bill Monday landed three times at Clover Field. His first landing was ca. March 26, 1929 at 5:30PM. He flew with one passenger in an unidentified Ryan airplane, which belonged to the Mahoney-Ryan company. They arrived at Santa Monica from San Diego, CA. His second visit was on Monday, August 31, 1931 at 2:00PM. This time he listed no passengers and arrived at Santa Monica from Long Beach, CA. He flew a Ryan B-5 Brougham he identified as NC732M (S/N 232).

His final landing recorded at Santa Monica was on Thursday, 9/24/1936. He appeared to be solo in NC728M (S/N 228), another Ryan B-5 Brougham. He arrived at Clover Field from Cody, WY. Monday flew with Transport pilot certificate T1604.

Monday was born in North Carolina about 1898. The 1910 U.S. Census placed Monday, age 12, living with his father, mother, a younger brother and infant sister at 76 Ralph St., Ashville, NC. On Google Earth, that location today is a parking lot across the street from a wooded area. His father was cited as a mail carrier on a rural postal route.

The 1920 Census finds Monday still living with his parents and siblings. They had moved during the past decade to 124 Grand Avenue, Billings, MT, a home which his father owned. The senior Monday was now a farmer. Both Monday (age now 22) and his brother (age 19) were listed as "Machinist" working in a "Garage."

The 1930 U.S. Census cites Monday (age 32) living at 647 Crestmore Place, Los Angeles, CA. He paid $30 rent per month, and owned a radio. On Google Earth, the house today is yellow with a red door and a white picket fence in a dense neighborhood with palms and bougainvilleas. His address was about two miles from Clover Field as the crow flies. He lived with his wife Mae L. (age 24) and his son William R. (5 years). He listed his occupation as "Pilot" in the "Aviation" industry. He was not listed as a veteran.

Bill Monday, Ca. 1936 (Source: AYB)

 

I have no other information about pilot Monday. I could find no biographical folder for him at the Smithsonian. If you can help fill in the blanks, please let me KNOW.

The only photograph I found of him is at left, from the Aircraft Yearbook of 1937. It shows Monday in ten-gallon hat with a group of young animals for shipment by air. The AYB states about the photograph, "Charles J. Belden, who owns the Pitch Fork ranch in Wyoming, hires Bill Monday and his airplane to fly whole dargoes of young prong-horned antelope to zoos which have purchased them. He says it is the only sure way of having the animals reach their destinations in good health." This photo is contemporaneous with his final landing at Santa Monica, documented above.

Besides his three signatures in the Santa Monica Register, Monday also signed the Peterson Field Register (once) and the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register (five times). Except for one Lockheed Vega, NC47M, Monday flew Ryan aircraft exclusively, arriving at his nine landings in at least six different Ryans, including NC728M.

 

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