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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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

"An airplane's no good unless it goes fast."

Harold Neumann, October 19, 1935, Pittsburgh, PA (Source: Kalina)
Harold Neumann, October 19, 1935, Pittsburgh, PA (Source: Kalina)

 

Harold Neumann arrived from Moline, IL and signed the Clover Field Register once on Thursday, August 20, 1931 at 3:00PM. He was solo in the Travel Air NC5237.

Neumann acquired his pilot license in 1929. He was an early barnstormer in the midwest where he lived in Moline, IL. He became an air racer, winning the significant events at the National Air Races (NAR). He specialized in the pylon events and developed the tactic of rounding the pylons at low altitude and fast speed, thus eliminating the traffic he would have to endure if he were just a few tens of feet higher with the rest of his competitors.

He flew for TWA beginning in the late 1930s, working for 30 years and retiring in 1966. A live video interview with Neumann from 1986 is at the link. This video is 53 minutes long, but it provides excellent insight into Neumann's flying and air racing life, as well as his skill as a raconteur.

In the video he mentions his purchase and ownership of a "Travel Air," which is probably NC5237. He also describes how he developed his relationship with race pilot Benny Howard, whose airplanes he flew in the NAR of 1935. He describes in detail his experience in that Race.

Harold Neumann also landed once and signed the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. His date of landing and his airplane were the same as his landing at Santa Monica. He cited Santa Monica as his destination in the Tucson Register, and he arrived at Clover Field at 8:00PM, five hours after his landing at Tucson. From the Registers, we determine his route of flight was El Paso, TX to Tucson, AZ, to Santa Monica.

The NAR for 1931 were held from August 29-September 7. He was probably on his way to Santa Monica for the start of the cross-country race to Cleveland, OH. The results summary appearing in the Aircraft Yearbook does not mention Neumann's name.

Through the 1930s and beyond, Neumann continued to look for speed. An article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 21, 1934, below, told of a short novelty flight he made carrying newspapers. From press to destination, Neuman flew copies of a special edition of the Eagle from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn to Montauk on the far eastern end of Long Island. His record flight time was one hour and four minutes, averaging 185.76MPH over the 117.9 miles. He flew a Laird aircraft, identified as a "biplane racer" in the article.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle (NY), June 21, 1934 (Source: Woodling)
Brooklyn Daily Eagle (NY), June 21, 1934 (Source: Woodling)

 

Harold Neumann's biography is on the Tucson site at the link. He was born in 1906. He died July 5, 1995. He carried Transport license T5469. He accumulated 30,000 hours of flight time during his life.

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