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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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GLADYS O'DONNELL

 

Gladys O'Donnell was a Charter member of the 99's (link has a nice biography) and she was a participant in the August, 1929 National Air Races. The women's cross-country event that year, dubbed the "Powder Puff Derby," represented the first time women were allowed to compete in the Races. She won second place in the Santa Monica to Cleveland, OH race with a flying time of 21:21:43. A pilot of my acqaintence, who knew O'Donnell, described her as, "... low, fast and aggressive."

Gladys O'Donnell, Date Unknown (Source: Stains)
Gladys O'Donnell, Date Unknown (Source: Stains)

 

Besides her single visit to Clover Field, Gladys O'Donnell landed and signed the Registers of Parks Field (twice) and the Davis-Monthan Airfield (twice). Her biography, with additional images, postal cachets and links, is on the Davis-Monthan Web site at the link. The dates of her landings recorded in the Registers, as well as her airplane registration numbers, suggest she was involved with the NAR in three out of five of her landings.

She landed once at Clover Field, on Wednesday, August 5, 1931. She flew the Taperwing Waco 10T, NC21M. This airplane was her mount for the 1931 NAR. However, this date was a little early to be participating in the NAR, which departed Santa Monica on August 29th.

She did compete, but not in the cross-country race. However, the Aircraft Yearbook documents her wins in Events #27 and 28, both 25 mile races at Cleveland. She won $1,000 and $1,250, respectively. She also placed 3rd in event 29 and 8th in event 33.

She and her husband, Lloyd, owned and operated The O'Donnell School of Flying in Long Beach, CA. Born in 1904, she passed away in 1973, a victim of cancer. She carried Transport pilot license T6605.

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