This group presents 10 images of people who landed at the
Davis-Monthan Airfield, either as pilots or passengers.
A. Macready (L) and Oakley
G. Kelly. They are best known for their transcontinental
airplane flight early May 1923, when they flew
a single-engine, high wing Army Fokker T-2 over the 2,625
miles from Mitchel Field, NY to San Diego, CA in 26 hours
50 minutes and 48 seconds. This set the record for transcontinental
flight by a heavier than air craft. Their airplane was
not refueled enroute. Macready became Aviation
Manager for the Shell Oil Co.
John A. Macready & Oakley G. Kelly
The data on the back of the above photo is below. The contrast
of this image was adjusted for better readability.
Macready & Kelly Data
Another view of Macready (R) and Kelly after their record
Below, B.F. Mahoney of Ryan Aircraft, George Noville and George
H. Prudden. Noville was the only signer of the Register,
as a passenger with Floyd
Bennett during the tour of the
Ford". The airplane in the background might be Prudden's
all metal trimotor.
Both Mahoney and Noville sport fountain
pens in their pockets. Hopefully for them this image was
made after 1933, when the Parker
51 fountain pen became available on
the market (the one with the hooded nib; designed to commemorate
the 51st year of the Parker Pen business), which was
the first fountain pen engineered for use in airplanes. Note
the severe pince nez worn by Noville, and what looks
like an airplane-themed stick pin in his necktie. We see
a helmet and goggles in Mahoney's right pocket, and a
16mm movie camera held under Prudden's arm. We can only wonder
where those films are today!
Mahoney, Noville, Prudden
J. Maitland and Albert
F. Hegenberger visited
Tucson on June 20, 1927. They were on their way to San Francisco
to begin their trans-Pacific flight on June 28. They were
the first pilots to fly non-stop from San Francisco to
Hawaii on June 28, 1927 in an Army Fokker C-2. They wrote "Honolulu
or bust" in
the remarks column of the Register. Their airplane behind
them is probably 26-202, the C-2 that was left in Hawaii
after their flight. See this link and
scroll down to see another image of their airplane on the
ground at Tucson..
Maitland (R) & Hegenberger
W. Mayse was a Tucson local, signing the Register ten
times between 1926 and 1932. Image, below, taken February
4, 1927, shows Mayse in the cockpit, ear flaps flapping.
The gentleman leaning on the fuselage is identified on
the photo as Sam Agee (did not sign the Register). A Curtiss
Jenny is in the background.
Charlie Mayse, 2/4/1927
Lt. D.L. McKittrick landed twice at Tucson, on December
14 and 22, 1926. Both times he flew Boeing aircraft. Based
in Quantico, VA, he was westbound to San Diego, CA on the
14th and eastbound on the 22nd. On his last visit he noted
in the Remarks column of the Register, "Going home". By the
look on his face, the image, below is probably taken by
Burt Cosgrove on the 22nd. We hope he made it home by Christmas!
C.C. Moseley, manager of the Glendale Airport. Moseley visited
Tucson on February 26, 1928 flying Fokker F-7 NC3908.
C.C. Moseley, Date Unknown
C. Ocker landed three times at Tucson between 1928
and 1931. Like Hegenberger, above, he played an early role
in instrument flight technology.
W.C. Ocker, Date Unknown
Image, below, of the back of the image above. No information
about the dogs.
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