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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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CLAIRE KINSEY VANCE

 

C.K. Vance, 1923(?) (Source: NASM)
C.K. Vance, 1923(?) (Source: NASM)

 

Claire Vance was an airmail pilot beginning in 1918 through the early 1920s. He had technical aptitude as well, founding the Vance Aircraft Company. Unlike many pilots who signed our Registers, Vance died young and was unable to develop a track record of accomplishments and resulting fame.

Vance signed the Clover Field Register once, on Wednesday, November 27, 1929. He flew the Boeing 80A, NC228M, S/N 1086. He carried eight unidentified passengers. He arrived at Santa Monica from United Airport, Burbank, CA. His destination was cited as Mines Field. He gave no reason in the Register for the purpose of their short flights, or the overall reason for their visit.

Vance also landed twice at Tucson and signed the Davis-Monthan Register (both times earlier than his Clover Field visit). Claire Vance's biography is at the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site at the link. Photographs and many links and news articles further describe his short life in aviation. Claire Vance was born June 30, 1897. He died December 18, 1932 near Oakland, CA in an airplane crash that resulted from poor visibility in fog..

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