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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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JOHN PERRY WOOD

 

John P. Wood, July, 1928 (Source: Heins)
John P. Wood, July, 1928 (Source: Heins)

Besides his single landing at Clover Field, John Wood landed twice at Tucson and signed the Davis-Monthan Register, and once at Parks Field in East St. Louis, IL. At Clover Field, he landed solo with the Lockheed Vega he identified as NR859E. He arrived from United Airport, Burbank, CA on Tuesday, August 20, 1929 at 1:00PM. Although he didn't know it at the time, he had about two weeks to live.

John Wood was a successful air racer of the era. For example, he won the 1928 National Air Tour. He won that event in the Waco he named for one of his sponsors, "Baby Ruth" (NX5533). "Baby Ruth" appears in a period motion picture film shot at Tucson, AZ during the Tour stop at the Davis-Monthan Airfield.

He also competed in the 1929 National Air Races (NAR) and it was his appearance at Clover Field, above, that was in preparation for the NAR. He raced the same Lockheed Vega, NR859E. The details of his departure from Los Angeles, his disappearance and the ultimate destruction of NR859E are covered in Wood's biography page, which is on the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site at the link.

John Perry Wood was born May 28, 1897. He died young, ca. September 4, 1929. He was unmarried.

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