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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. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.

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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. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.

"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.  Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-1-8.

"Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race" is available at the link. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. What was it like to fly from Oakland to Honolulu in a single-engine plane during August 1927? Was the 25,000 dollar prize worth it? Did the resulting fame balance the risk? For the first time ever, this book presents the pilot and navigator's stories written by them within days of their record-setting adventure. Pilot Art Goebel and navigator William V. Davis, Jr. take us with them on the Woolaroc, their orange and blue Travel Air monoplane (NX869) as they enter the hazardous world of Golden Age trans-oceanic air racing. ISBN 978-0-9843074-3-2.

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http://www.cafepress.com/content/global/img/spacer.gifThe Congress of Ghosts 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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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, or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.  ISBN 978-0-9843074-4-9.

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NAVY REFERENCES

Allard, Dean C., M. Crawley, and M. Edmison.  1979.  U.S. Naval History Sources in the United States. Washington: Naval History Division. 235 pp.

Armstrong, William J. Aircraft Go to Sea: A Brief History of Aviation in the U.S. Navy. Aerospace Historian 25 (Summer/June 1978): 79-91.

____. United States Naval Aviation History: A Guide to the Sources. Aerospace Historian 27 (Summer/June 1980): 109-112.

Arthur, Reginald W.  1967.  Contact! Volume One.  Careers of U.S. Naval Aviators Assigned Numbers 1 to 2000. Washington: Naval Aviator Register. 612 pp.

Bureau of Aeronautics Newsletter. 1917-1942. Naval Historical Center. Aviation History Branch. Available at reasonable cost as PDF files on 6 CDs from this source. OR from this source. From 1942 onwards it was named the Naval Aviation News and was published in magazine form. Here's a tip for researchers. If you own Adobe Acrobat, you can use the OCR function to convert the raw files on the CDs to searchable files and save them separately for easier keyword searching. Not all words will show up in searches, though, because the scanned images of the mimeographed pages are sometimes blotchy, as in the example below. File this tip in your "better than nothing" file. Notably, W.G. Tomlinson, mentioned in this article, is a Register pilot. WL

Bureau of Aeronautics Newsletter, June 26, 1929 (Source: Webmaster)
Bureau of Aeronautics Newsletter, June 26, 1929 (Source: Webmaster)

Caiden, Martin. 1960. Golden Wings: A Pictorial History of the United States Navy and Marine Corps in the Air.  Bramhall House, NY. 232 pp. WL

Coletta, Paolo E.  1988.  A Selected and Annotated Bibliography of American Naval History. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America. 523 pp.

Department of the Navy.  NAVWEPS 00-80P-1, United States Naval Aviation 1910-1960.  U.S. Govt. Printing Office. Washington, DC. 239 pp. (Ieft) WL

____.  NAVAIR 00-80P-1, United States Naval Aviation 1910-1970.  U.S. Govt. Printing Office. Washington, DC. 440 pp. WL

____.  NAVAIR 00-80P-1, United States Naval Aviation 1910-1980.  U.S. Govt. Printing Office. Washington, DC. 547 pp. WL

Dyer, George C. 1962.  Naval Logistics. 2nd ed. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute. 367 pp.

Eller, Ernest M. Naval Strategy, Some Material and Moral Aspects. U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 65 (July 1939): 945-957.

Grossnick, R. A. & W.J. Armstrong.  1997.  United States Naval Aviation, 1910-1995.  Naval Historical Center. 811 pages. WL

Gurney, Gene.  1965.  A Chronology of World Aviation.  Watts Aerospace Library.  Franklin Watts, Inc.  NY, NY.  245 pages. WL

Hansen, James R. 1989. Aviation History in the Wider View. Technology and Culture, July.

Hone, Thomas C. Spending Patterns of the United States Navy, 1921-1941. Armed Forces and Society (Spring 1982): 443-462.

Horn, Maurice (ed.). 1996. 100 Years of American Newspaper Comics: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. New York : Gramercy Books.

Hyatt, G.W.  2007. The Register of the Davis-Monthan Aviation Field With Cross-References to the Pilots Who Landed There and Their Aircraft.  CafePress.com.  Louisville, KY.  323 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1. WL -->

____  2007. Military Aircraft of the Davis-Monthan Airfield 1925-1936.  CafePress.com.  Louisville, KY.  160 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a signed copy). ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5. WL

Johnson, Brian. 1981.  Fly Navy: The History of Naval Aviation. New York: William Morrow & Co. 383 pp.

Larkins, Wm. 1961.  U.S. Navy Aircraft, 1921-1941. Concord, Calif.: Aviation History Publications, 391 pp. WL

Lautenschlager, Karl. Technology and the Evolution of Naval Warfare. International Security 8 (Fall 1983): 3-51.

Lindley, John M. Wings Over the Ocean. Naval Aviation News (August-November 1977, January 1978-December 1978).

Martinek, Frank V.  1934.  Don Winslow, U.S.N., in Ceylon with Kwang, Celebrated Chinese
Detective
.  Chicago: Rosenow.  258 pp. WL

MacDonald, Scot.  1964.  Evolution of Aircraft Carriers. Washington: GPO. 73 pp.

Reynolds, Clark G. Writing on Naval Flying. Aerospace Historian 31 (Spring/March 1984): 21-29.

Robison, Samuel S., and M.L. Robison.  1942.  A History of Naval Tactics From 1530 to 1930: The Evolution of Tactical Maxims. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute. 956 pp.

Rosenberg, David A. Officer Development in the Interwar Navy: Arleigh Burke-The Making of a Naval Professional 1919-1940. Pacific Historical Review 44 (November 1975): 503-526.

Sitz, W.H. 1930. A History of U.S. Naval Aviation. Technical Note No. 18, Series of 1930.  U.S. Navy Department, Bureau of Aeronautics.  U.S. Govt. Printing Office.  Washington, DC.  52 pp.

Smith, Myron J.  1974.  The American Navy, 1918-1941: A Bibliography. American Naval Bibliography, Vol. 5. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow. 429 pp.

Swanborough, Gordon & P.M. Bowers. 1968. United States Navy Aircraft Since 1911. 2nd Ed. Naval Institute Press. Annapolis, MD. 546pp. ISBN 0-87021-968-5. WL

Sweetman, Jack. The U.S. Naval Academy: An Illustrated History. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1979. 289 pp.

U.S. Office of Naval Operations.  1957.  The Steam Catapult: Its History and Operation. Washington: GPO. 64 pp.

U.S. National Historical Publications Commission. A Guide to Archives and Manuscripts in the United States. Edited by Philip M. Hamer. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1961. 775 pp.

U.S. Naval Institute.  Notable Naval Books: The First 100 Years, 1873-1973. Proceedings 99 (October 1973): 151-158.

U.S. Navy Department. Bureau of Navigation.  Navy Directory: Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps.  Washington: GPO, 1908-1942.

Van Wyen, Adrian O.  1947.  The Aeronautical Board, 1916-1947. Washington: GPO. 74 pp.

Wells, Tom H.  1960.  Commodore Moore and the Texas Navy. Austin: Univ. of Texas Press. 218 pp.

Williams, Jerome, J.J. Higginson, and J. D. Rohrbough.  1968.  Sea & Air: The Naval Environment. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute. 338 pp.

Woodridge, E.T. The Golden Age Remembered: U.S. Naval Aviation, 1919-1941.  U.S. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD.  323 pages.

Yarsinske, Amy W. 2001. Mud Flats to Master Jet Base: Fifty Years at NAS Oceana. Hallmark Publishing Company, Inc. Gloucester Point, VA. ISBN 1-893276-02-3.

Newspapers:

February 23, 1928. Air Crashes Laid to Pilots By Naval Chief. Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA. WL

July 18, 1928.  The Wasp of the Navy’s Fleet.  Arizona Daily Star.  Tucson, AZ. WL

August 16, 1928.  235 Planes Mass in Air Over San Diego.  Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA. WL

June 4, 1936. Roosevelt Signs Big Navy Bill Into Law.  Fresno Bee, Fresno, CA. WL

November 5, 1936.  Navy Ships Due for Bridge Fete.  The Times and Daily News Leader, San Mateo, CA. WL

 

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MARINE CORPS REFERENCES

Bureau of Aeronautics Newsletter. 1917-1942. Naval Historical Center. Aviation History Branch. Available at reasonable cost as PDF files on 6 CDs from this source. From 1942 onwards it was named the Naval Aviation News and was published in magazine form. WL

Hyatt, G.W.  2007. The Register of the Davis-Monthan Aviation Field With Cross-References to the Pilots Who Landed There and Their Aircraft.  CafePress.com.  Louisville, KY.  323 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1. WL

____  2007. Military Aircraft of the Davis-Monthan Airfield 1925-1936.  CafePress.com.  Louisville, KY.  160 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a signed copy). ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5. WL -->

Johnson, Edward C . 1977. Marine Corps Aviation: The Early Years 1912-1940. HISTORY AND MUSEUMS DIVISION HEADQUARTERS, U. S . MARINE CORPS, WASHINGTON, DC . 116 pp. This book is available as a PDF download (7.4MB) here. WL

Larkins, Wm. 1959. U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft 1914-1959. Aviation History Publications, Concord, CA. 203 pp. WL

February 21, 1928.  Marine Type Plane Lands at New Field.  Arizona Daily Star.  Tucson, AZ. (cites Curtiss A-6969) WL

 

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ARMY (AND AIR FORCE) REFERENCES

Air Corps Newsletter. 1918-1944. Much like the Bureau of Aeronautics Newsletters cited above these mimeographed newsletters are informal summaries of the goings on of Air Corps personnel before, during and after the period of the Davis-Monthan Register (sample cover at left). The newsletters can be downloaded and saved as PDF files at the link. Here's a tip for researchers. If you own or have access to Adobe Acrobat, you can use the OCR function to convert the raw files to searchable files and save them separately for easier keyword searching. Not all words will show up in searches, though, because the scanned images of the mimeographed pages are sometimes blotchy. File this tip in your "better than nothing" folder. WL

Benton, Jeffrey C. 1999.They Served Here: Thirty-three Maxwell Men. Air University Press. Maxwell Air Force Base. Montgomery, AL. 81pp. WL

Boyne, Walter J. 2003. Question Mark. Air Force Magazine. March. pp. 66-71. WL

Copp, Dewitt S. 2003. Frank M. Andrews: Marshall's Airman. Air Force History and Museums Program (U.S.). Diane Publishing Co. ISBN 1428990070, 9781428990074. 28 pp. This book is readable online here.

Dick, Ron (Photographs by Dan Patterson). 1997. American Eagles: A History of the United States Air Force Featuring the Collection of the U.S. Air Force Museum. Howell Press, Charlottesville, VA. 456 pp. WL

Ellis, Peter S.H. 2000. HALE’S HANDFUL…UP FROM THE ASHES: The Forging of the Seventh Air Force from the Ashes of Pearl Harbor to the Triumph of V-J Day. Master's Thesis Presented To The Faculty Of the School Of Advanced Airpower Studies. Air University. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. 145 pp.

Finney, Robert T. 1955. "History of the Air Corps Tactical School 1920-1940". USAF Historical Studies #100. PDF 4.3MB, 96pp. WL

Futrell, Robert F. 1989. "Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine: Basic Thinking in the United States Air Force 1907-1960". (Volume I). Air University Press, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. PDF 32MB, 675pp. WL

Hennessy, Juliette A. 1985. The United States Army Air Arm, April 1861 - April 1917. Office of Air Force History, United States Air Force, Washington, DC. PDF 63MB, 260 pp. WL

Hyatt, G.W.  2007. The Register of the Davis-Monthan Aviation Field With Cross-References to the Pilots Who Landed There and Their Aircraft.  CafePress.com.  Louisville, KY.  323 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1. WL

____  2007. Military Aircraft of the Davis-Monthan Airfield 1925-1936.  CafePress.com.  Louisville, KY.  160 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a signed copy). ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5. WL

Maurer, Maurer. 1987. Aviation in the U.S. Army, 1919-1939. United States Air Force Historical Research Center. Office of Air Force History. United States Air Force. Washington, D.C. 625 pp. 105MB. Appendix 10 of this book, entitled, "Aircraft in Use in the U.S. Army 1919-1939", pp. 483-531, illustrates the majority of the U.S. Army fixed wing aircraft used during the period (138 B&W photographs). WL

Meilinger, Phillip S. 2000. Hoyt S. Vandenberg: The Life of a General. Air Force History and Museums Program. PDF 19MB, 287pp. WL

Seymour, Miriam Orr. 2002. The Around the Rim Flight. Running Iron Publications. Prescott, AZ. 135pp. (signed by author Seymour). WL

Shiner, J.S. 1983. Foulois and the U.S. Army Air Corps 1931-1935. Office of Air Force History. Washington, DC. Diane Publishing, 1983. Downloadable as a PDF 44MB, 346pp. WL

Simpson, Albert F. (Ed.). 1970. "The World War I Diary of Col. Frank P. Lahm, Air Service, A.E.F." Historical Research Division, Aerospace Studies Institute, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. PDF 13MB, 286pp. PLEASE NOTE: as of 03/06/10 this link is broken.

Smith, Richard. 1998. Seventy-Five Years of Inflight Refueling: Highlights, 1923-1998. Air Force History and Museums Program. PDF 288 kB, 90 pp.

USAF Historical Division Research Studies Institute. 1962. " A Preliminary List of U.S. Air Force Aces 1917-1953." USAF Historical Study #73. PDF 1.4MB, 48pp.

 

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CIVIL REFERENCES

Adams, B.D. "Two Texans Break a Record". Air Transportation. June 8, 1929. WL

Bilstein, Roger. 2001. Flight in America: From the Wrights to the Astronauts, 3rd Ed. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, Baltimore, MD. ISBN 0801866855. (Signed by author Bilstein). WL

Bowden, Terry. 2007. The Gardner Trophy Air Races, May 1929, Part 1. AAHS Journal. 52:3. pp. 222-229. WL

Buck, Rinker. 2001. "If We Had Wings". Crown Publishers, NY, NY. 32pp.

Cleveland, Carl M. 1978. "Upside-Down" Pangborn: King of the Barnstormers. Glendale, CA: Aviation Book Company. Chapter 24 cites NC9194, the New Standard D-25.

Cosgrove, C.B. III, M. Gerow, E. Russell and G.W. Hyatt. 2007. “Three New Historic Aviation Photograph and Document Collections.” AAHS Journal. 52.4 (Winter, 2007), pp. 291-303 (PDF 785KB). Paper presented simultaneously at the Conference of Historic Aviation Writers, Memphis, TN October 19-21, 2007. WL

Davies, R.E.G. 1984. Airlines of Latin American Since 1919. Putnam. 698 pp.

Eney, John. 2008. "Civil Aircraft Colors". Skyways #85. pp. 3-10. Includes color charts for Berryloid pigmented dopes. WL

Francis, Devon. 1973. "Mr. Piper and His Cubs". Ames Iowa State Univ Press. 278pp. (signed by William T. Piper, Jr.) WL

Glines, C.V. 1995. Roscoe Turner: Aviation's Master Showman. Smithsonian History of Aviation Series. Washington, DC. 340 pp. ISBN: 1-56098-798-7. WL

Gunther, Carl R. 2009. Harold F. Pitcairn: Aviator, Inventor, and Developer of the Autogiro. Bryn Athyn College Press, Bryn Athyn, PA. 729 pp. WL

Hanchett, Byron. 1985. In & Around The Castle. Blake Publishing, San Luis Obispo, CA. 200pp. ISBN 0-918303-09-5. WL

Hoagland, Roland W., Ed. 1932. Blue Book of Aviation. The Hoagland Company, Publishers, Los Angeles, CA. 292 pp. WL

Hyatt, G.W.  2007. The Register of the Davis-Monthan Aviation Field With Cross-References to the Pilots Who Landed There and Their Aircraft.  CafePress.com.  Louisville, KY.  323 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1. WL

____ 2007. Art Goebel’s Own Story by Art Goebel.  CafePress.com.  Louisville, KY.  60 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 978-0-9843074-1-8. WL

____ 2009. Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race. CafePress.com. Louisville, KY. 172 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 9781520437200. WL --->

Hyatt, G.W. 2004. “Women of the Golden Age: Their Airplanes and Their Spirits Still Live!” Sport Aviation. 53:3, March 2004. pp. 48-56. 1.58MB PDF. WL

____  2006. “Standard Air Lines: A Productivity and Operations History for Davis-Monthan Aviation Field, 1927-1930.” AAHS Journal.51:1.  Spring, 2006. WL

_____ 2010. "The Congress of Ghosts." Skyways: The Journal of the Airplane 1920-1940. Volume 90, April, 2010. Pp. 22-26.

_____ 2010. The Congress of Ghosts. Amazon.com. 265 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 9781520442778. WL

Kelly, Shawna. 2008. Aviators in Early Hollywood. Arcadia Publishing Company. Charleston, SC. 129 pages. ISBN 978-0-7385-5902-5.

Koontz, G.B. 2013. "Modern Connections to the Golden Age of Aviation." Director of Maintenance. October, 2013. This calls your attention to the magazine issue of October 1, 2013. At the link you'll find an article entitled, "Modern Connections to the Golden Age of Aviation" by Giacinta Bradley Koontz. As an historian, Ms. Koontz's article describes, via a few examples, how dmairfield.org has and is related to her work and writing. Note the photographs that illustrate the article. They are from this Web site. DOM is also available in paper via subscription (q.v.).

Click to order the Book, "The Congress of Ghosts"

Mola, Roger A. 2006. "Show Me the Way to Go Home". Air & Space. August-September. pp. 54-57.

Pedersen, Jeannine. 2008. Images of Aviation: Catalina By Air. Arcadia Publishing. San Francisco, CA. 129pp.

Rust, Ken. 1986. "Early Airlines: Hard Times and New Airlines"Journal of the American Aviation Historical Society. 31: 3. 172 ff.

Smith, Frank Kingston. 1981. Legacy of Wings: The Harold F. Pitcairn Story. T.D. Associates. Lafayette Hill, PA. 371 pp. WL

Tordoff, Dirk. 2002. Mercy Pilot: The Joe Crosson Story. Epicenter Press. 224 pages. ISBN-13: 9780970849373.

Underwood, John. 1984. Madcaps, Millionaires and 'Mose'. Heritage Press, Glendale, CA. 144pp. (signed by author Underwood) WL

____ 2007. Grand Central Air Terminal. Arcadia Publishing. Charleston, SC. 127pp. (signed by author Underwood) WL

Wissolik, Richard David, David Wilmes & Mary Ann Mogus. 2001. A Place in the Sky: A History of the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, 1919-2001.  SVC Northern Appalachian Studies.  ISBN 1885851170, 9781885851178. 225 pp.

September 23, 1927.  Eagle of Atlantic to be City’s Guest Today.  Arizona Daily Star.  Tucson, AZ. WL

 

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WOMEN IN AVIATION

Your Webmaster (L) & Author Gene Nora Jessen 10/20/07 (Source: Webmaster)
Your Webmaster & Author Gene Nora Jessen 10/20/07

Bruce, Mary Victor. 1977. Nine Lives Plus: Record-breaking on Land, Sea, and in the Air. Pelham Books: London. ISBN 0 7207 0974 1.

Doyle, Lorraine O'Donnell. 2001. Second to None: The Story of Lloyd & Gladys O'Donnell and the 1929 Women's Air Derby. LOD. Box 1109, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. 184pp. (signed by author O'Donnell). WL

England, J. Merton & Joseph Reither. "Women Pilots With the AAF, 1941-1944". Army Air Forces Historical Studies #55. March, 1946. PDF 133 pp., 4.6MB. WL

Hyatt, G.W. 2004. “Women of the Golden Age: Their Airplanes and Their Spirits Still Live!” Sport Aviation. 53:3, March 2004. pp. 48-56. 1.58MB PDF. WL

Jessen, Gene Nora.  2002.  The Powder Puff Derby of 1929.  Sourcebooks, Inc.  Naperville, IL. (171pp). See an image of the author, right. WL

You may order this book here:

or here. Author Jessen was a member of the original "Mercury 13": women who, in 1961, were chosen for astronaut training.Their training was, unfortunately, cancelled.

Kessler, Lauren. 2000. The Happy Bottom Riding Club. Random House, NY. ISBN 0-375-50124-X. Biography of Pancho Barnes. WL

Monday, Travis. 2005. Wings, Wasp & Warriors. Lulu.com. 212pp. ISBN 1411658833, 9781411658837. Available for review online here.

Jaros, Dean. 1993. Heroes Without Legacy: American Airwomen, 1912-1944. University Press of Colorado. Niwot, CO. 265 pp. WL

The Ninety-Nines. 1996. The Ninety-Nines: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Turner Publishers, Paducah, KY. 264 pp. ISBN 1-56311-203-5. WL

Oakes, Claudia M. 1985. United States Women in Aviation 1930-1939. Smithsonian Studies in Air and Space, Number 6. Smithsonian Institution Press. Washington, DC. (PDF 3.8MB) WL

Planck, Charles E. 1942. Women with Wings. Harper & Brothers. New York. 333 pp. (signed by author Planck). WL

Ringenberg, Margaret J. with Jane L. Roth. 1998. Girls Can't be Pilots. Daedalus Press. Fort Wayne, IN. 319pp. ISBN 0-9661859-0-0. (signed by author Ringenberg). Autobiography of a WASP. WL

Schultz, Barbara. 1996. Pancho. Little Buttes Publishing Co., Lancaster, CA. 243 pp. ISBN 0-9652181-0-4. Biography of Pancho Barnes. WL

Tate, Grover Ted. 1984. The Lady Who Tamed Pegasus. Maverick. 104 pp. ISBN 0-89288-092-9. Biography of Pancho Barnes. WL

Turner, Betty Stagg. 2001. Out of the Blue and Into History: Women Airforce Service Pilots, WWII. Aviatrix Publishing, Inc. Arlington Heights, IL. 576 pp. (signed by author Stagg). WL

Veca, Donna & Skip Mazzio, 1987. Just Plane Crazy. Aviation Book Company, Glendale, CA ISBN 0-940997-01-0. This book is a biography of Bobbi Trout. (signed by Bobbi Trout). WL

 

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AIR TRANSPORT REFERENCES

Carlson, Erik. 2003. Carl G. Cromwell and Cromwell Airlines: The Dawn of Commercial Aviation in West Texas, 1928-1931. The West Texas Historical Association Yearbook, Vol. LXXIX October. pp 89 -105. WL

Fulton, Ken. 1994. Fokker Commercial Aircraft: From the F.1 of 1918 to the Fokker 100 of Today. Fokker Public Relations Netherlands. 212pp.

Hyatt, G.W.  2007. The Register of the Davis-Monthan Aviation Field With Cross-References to the Pilots Who Landed There and Their Aircraft.  CafePress.com.  Louisville, KY.  323 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1. WL

____  2007. Military Aircraft of the Davis-Monthan Airfield 1925-1936.  CafePress.com.  Louisville, KY.  160 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a signed copy). ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5. WL

____  2006. “Standard Air Lines: A Productivity and Operations History for Davis-Monthan Aviation Field, 1927-1930.” AAHS Journal.51:1.  Spring, 2006. 670KB PDF. WL

_____ 2010. The Congress of Ghosts. Amazon.com. 265 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 978-0-9843074-4-9. WL

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JOURNALS

Journal of the American Aviation Historical Society. The Society publishes a quarterly Journal. It also sponsors and maintains a Web site that includes online databases and collections useful to historic aviation researchers who are members of the Society.

Skyways: The Journal of the Airplane 1920-1940.

British journal FLIGHT 1909-2004.

Singer, Bayla. 1998. Engineering Success: Pratt & Whitney Aircraft,1925-1940. Business and Economic History. 27:1, Fall,1998.


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COLLECTIONS

Aircraft Year Book (right and below). Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America, Inc. New York, NY. Events, technological advances, political and financial issues related to aviation, and happenings for the previous year are reported in each annual volume. As of January, 2009, the Google digital book project has a couple of these volumes online in readable form (and downloadable as PDF files!). For example, the volume for 1919 is at the link.

One limitation of the Yearbooks was that anyone who advertised in them had to be a member of the publishing organization, the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America, Inc. If you weren't a member, you didn't get representation in the Yearbooks, no matter how relevant your products or services were to the aviation community.

The Aircraft Yearbooks were widely advertised in popular aviation publications of the time. At left is an advertisement from the U.S. Air Services Magazine for January, 1927 announcing, for 1926, volume eight of the series. Publication began in 1919 with the first volume.

Note that readers could acquire all seven of the volumes to-date for $15 postpaid. Today, individual hard-copy volumes of that vintage can cost anywhere from $50-100, depending on condition. The volumes specifically referred to on dmairfield.org range from 1926-1937. WL

 

 

Biographical Dossiers for pilots reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC. Click here for the PDF list (45KB). WL

Listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed Aircraft ("Data Cards") in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC. These are literally 8.5" x 11" formatted cards that have summaries of the chain of custody through the years for individual aircraft (one aircraft per card). Where additional information is required, you may be able to order the full record directly from the FAA (see below in the USEFUL LINKS FOR AVIATION HISTORY section).

Juptner, Joseph. 1962-1981. U.S. Civil Aircraft. Volumes 1-9. Aero Publishers, Inc. Fallbrook, CA. (left). The sine qua non for information about early U.S. aircraft. I have seen reprints of these nine volumes at air shows for $450. WL

Smithsonian Annals of Flight Series. At the link, and the links therefrom, are publications made available by the Smithsonian in PDF, downloadable form. Various topics.

"Mother Tusch" Collection at the National Air & Space Museum. At the link is the finding aid for items in the Mother Tusch Collection. Please follow the link for details.

 

 

 

 

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SPECIALTY VOLUMES

Airport Directory Company. 1933. Airports and Established Landing Fields in the United States, 1933 Edition. Hackensack, NJ. 250+40 pp. WL

Airport Directory Company. 1938. Airports and Established Landing Fields in the United States, 1938 Edition. Hackensack, NJ. 312 pp. WL

Allen, Richard S. 1988. Revolution in the Sky: The Lockheeds of Aviation's Golden Age. Orion Books, NY. 253 pp. Author Richard Sanders Allen died June 30, 2008 at the age of 91 in Lewiston, Idaho. His book is the definitive source for early Lockheeds. His files on the registration records for early Lockheed aircraft are maintained at the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC. They were extremely useful while building Web pages for some of the 96 Lockheed aircraft recorded in the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. WL

Boedecker, Kenneth J. 1938. Boedy's Album (Cross Section of Aviation Personnel). Aero Digest, New York, NY. 87pp. This unusual softcover book contains small, informal snapshots of various aviation personnel whose work and adventures were part of the Golden Age of Flight. It is indexed alphabetically and is a wonderful resource for finding rare photos of people who built aviation in the U.S. As a representative of Wright Aeronautical Corporation, Paterson, New Jersey, Boedecker was the service engineer who prepared Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis" for the New York to Paris flight in 1927. More of his photographs are archived at the University of Texas, Dallas.

Interestingly, before I borrowed Boedy's Album from the U.S. State Department through interlibrary loan during February, 2014, the last time it was checked out was April 25, 1942 (State Department library index card, above). The Doolittle Raid on Japan during WWII took place a week earlier. Photographed five years earlier by Boedecker on April 16, 1937 at his job with the Shell Oil Company at Patterson, NJ, James Doolittle is pictured on page 35 of Boedy's Album. The book was returned to the State Department 18-months later on October 30, 1943.

Cohen, Hal L. (Ed.) 1969. 1922 Montgomery Ward Catalogue (Reprint). H.C. Publishers, Inc. 670 pp. SBN 87637-132-2. Want a fedora for $2.95? An extra long, blanket-lined moleskin coat for $5.95? Then this is the book for you. WL

Dade, George C. and Frank Strnad. 1989. Picture History of Aviation on Long Island, 1908-1938. Dover Publications, New York. 173 pp. (New York Area Airports). WL

deVries, John A. 1994. Alexander Eaglerock: A History of Alexander Aircraft Company. Wolfgang Publishers. Colorado Springs, CO. 148 pp. WL

Dutton, Wm. W. 1949. DuPont: One Hundred and Forty Years. Charles Scribner's Sons. NY. 403pp. WL

Fitch, Robert J. 1998. Roman Warren: Cowboy Aviator. Riverside Historical Commission Press. Riverside, CA. 216 pp. WL

Fleet, Dorothy. 1964. Our Flight to Destiny. Vantage Press, NY. 193 pp. Library of Congress No. 79-182209. (Reuben H. Fleet)

Forden, Lesley. 1972. The Ford Air Tours 1925-1931: A Complete Narrative and Pictorial History of the Seven National Air Tour Competitions for the Edsel B. Ford Reliability Trophy. THE NOTTINGHAM PRESS. Available for sale or download here. WL

Forden, Lesley. 1986. Glory Gamblers: The Story of the Dole Race. Nottingham Press. Alameda, CA. 194 pp. ISBN: 0-913958-03-04. (Signed by author Forden). WL

Gardner, L.D. (Ed.). 1928. Who's Who in American Aeronautics. The Blue Book of American Airmen. Aviation Publishing Corporation. New York, NY. 173pp. Besides brief biographical entries for noted aviators of the era, there is a table in this book (pp. 133-171) that lists, current to March 1, 1928, the pilots by name along with the type and number of Department of Commerce-issued pilot licenses earned by them. Donated to Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. Research Library by G. Leuckenotte, February, 2015. WL

Granville, J.I. 2000. Farmers Take Flight. Copy Cat Print Shop, Springfield, MA, ISBN 0-9702493-1-4. (Signed by author Granville). WL

Halliburton, Richard. 1932. The Flying Carpet. Bobbs-Merrill Co. 352pp. WL

Hatfield, David D. 1971. Aeroplane Scrapbook No. 2: 1911-1939. Northrop University Press. Inglewood, CA. 280 pp. WL

Hatfield, David D. 1973. Los Angeles Aeronautics: 1920-1929. Northrop University Press. Inglewood, CA. 224 pp. WL

Hatfield, David D. 1975. Aeroplane Scrapbook No. 3: 1911-1941. Northrop University Press. Inglewood, CA. 246 pp. WL

Hatfield, David D. 1976. Aeroplane Scrapbook No. 1: 1910-1941. Northrop University Press. Inglewood, CA. 282 pp. (right) WL

Hatfield, David D. 1976. Pioneers of Aviation. Northrop University Press. Inglewood, CA. 204 pp. WL

Hyatt, G.W.  2007. The Register of the Davis-Monthan Aviation Field With Cross-References to the Pilots Who Landed There and Their Aircraft.  CafePress.com.  Louisville, KY.  323 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1. WL

____ 2007. Art Goebel’s Own Story by Art Goebel.  60 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 978-0-9843074-1-8. WL

____  2007. Military Aircraft of the Davis-Monthan Airfield 1925-1936. 160 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a signed copy). ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5. WL

____ 2009. Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race. Amazon.com. 172 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 9781520437200. WL

_____ 2010. The Congress of Ghosts. Amazon.com. 265 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of www.dmairfield.org. (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 9781520442778. WL

Click to order The Congress of Ghosts!

Jeppesen, Richard. 2008. Jeppesen: A Biography By His Son. Xlibris Corporation. 580pp. ISBN 978-1-4363-0718-5. (signed by the author). WL

Lane, Spencer. 2002. First World Flight: The Odyssey of Billy Mitchell. U.S. Press. 408 pp. ISBN: 0-9710110-0-1. (Signed by author Lane). Author Lane has a few books left for sale at the link. WL

Larkins, William. 1957. The Ford Story: A Pictorial History of the Ford Tri-Motor 1927-1957. Longo Company, Wichita, KS. 133pp. plus foldout diagrams. WL

Matowitz, Thomas G., Jr. 2005.Cleveland's National Air Races. Arcadia Publishing Co. Charleston, SC. 128 pp. ISBN 0-7385-3996-1.

iled History. Specialty Press. North Branch, MN. 215pp. ISBN 978-1-58007-087-4. WL

Plehinger, Russ. 1989. Marathon Flyers. Harlo, Detroit

McClure, Marion. 1998. Bloomington, Illinois Aviation 1920, 1930, 1940. StarNet. Bloomington, IL. 86 pp. WL

Phillips, Edward H. 2006. Stearman Aircraft: A Deta. 192 pp. This book is available here. Or you can contact Russ directly here: 4550 Duerr Road, Orchard Park, New York 14127. He sells his book at $17 postpaid.  WL

Reinhold, Ruth. 1982. Sky Pioneering: Arizona in Aviation History. U. of Arizona Press. Tucson, AZ. 232 pp. WL

Rodengen, Jeffrey L. 1998. The Legend of Cessna. Write Stuff Enterprises. Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 255pp. ISBN 0-945903-30-8. WL

Scheppler, Robert H. 1988. Pacific Air Race. Smithsonian Institution Press. Washington, DC. 148 pp. ISBN 0-87474-832-1. WL

Shiffer Military History Book. 1998. Spalding Aviator's Clothing & Equipment in the 1920s-1930s. Shiffer Publishing Company. Atglen, PA. ISBN 0-7643-0403-8. 36 pp. WL

Shock, James R. & D.R. Smith. 1977. The Goodyear Airships. Airship International Press. Bloomington, IL. ISBN 0-9711637-0-7. WL

Standard Oil Company of California. 1931. Landing Fields of the Pacific West. 5th Ed. Published May 15, 1931. 99pp. Book donated to the Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. Library by David Pitcairn, October, 2010. WL

Underwood, John. 1984. Madcaps, Millionaires and "Mose". Heritage Press. Glendale, CA. 144 pp. (Signed by author Underwood). A photograph of John with your Webmaster is here. WL

_____. 2006. Grand Central Air Terminal. Arcadia Publishing. 127 pp. (Signed by author Underwood). WL

U.S. Department of Commerce. Bureau of Air Commerce. January 1, 1937. Descriptions of Airports and Landing Fields in the United States. Airway Bulletin No. 2. U.S. Govt. Printing Office. Washington, DC. 222 pp. Donated to the Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. Library by Tim Kalina, 2008. WL

Vacher, Peter. 2008. The History of the Jodhpur Flying Club. Apogee Books, Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc. Burlington, Ontario, Canada. WL

Wagner, Ray. 1968. American Combat Aircraft. 2nd Ed. Doubleday & Co. Garden City, NY. 442 pp. ISBN 0-385-04134-9. WL

Writer's Program, The Work Projects Administration. 1942-43. Who's Who in Aviation: A Directory of Living Men and Women Who Have Contributed to the Growth of Aviation in the United States. Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., NY. 486 pp. Donated to Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. Research Library by David Pitcairn, October, 2010. WL

Wynne, H. Hugh 1987. The Motion Picture Pilots And Hollywood's Classic Aviation Movies. Pictorial Histories Publishing Co., Missoula, MT. 184 pp. ISBN 0-933126-85-9. WL

 

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BOOKS & ARTICLES PUBLISHED BY OUR REGISTER PILOTS AND PASSENGERS

Review, Popular Aviation, May, 1936 (Source: PA)

Arnold, H.H. & Ira Eaker. This Flying Game. Funk & Wagnalls Company, NY. 275 pp. Review at right. WL

Beverley, George H. 1982. Pioneer of the U.S. Air Corps: The Memoirs of Brigadier General George H. Beverley. Sunflower University Press. Manhattan, KS. 72 pp. ISBN 0-89745-029-9. WL

Bruce, Mary Victor. 1977. Nine Lives Plus: Record-breaking on Land, Sea, and in the Air. Pelham Books: London. ISBN 0 7207 0974 1.

Buck, Robert N. 2002. North Star Over My Shoulder. Simon & Schuster. NY. 446 pp. WL

_____. 1970. Weather Flying. Macmillan Co. NY. WL

 

Caldwell, C.C. 1943. Air Power and Total War. COWARD-MCCANN INC, New York. WL Copy signed by the author.

 

_____. 1947. Henry Ford. Julian Messner, NY.

 

Doolittle, James H. (with Carroll V. Glines).1991. I Could Never Be So Lucky Again. Bantam. NY. An autobiography. WL

 

 

Earhart, Amelia. 1932. The Fun of It. Academy Chicago Publishers. Chicago, IL. 218 pp. ISBN 0-915864-55-X. WL

Harbold, Norris B. 1970. The Log of Air Navigation. Sunflower Univ Press. ISBN-13: 978-0891260851. With a foreword by Carl Spatz.

Hawks, Frank. 1931 Speed. Brewer, Warren & Putnam. New York. 314pp.

Heath, Lady Mary & Stella Murray Wolfe. 1929. Women and Flying. Long. London.

Lindbergh, Charles. 1953. The Spirit of St. Louis. Charles Scribner's Sons, NY. WL

Lund, Freddie (with L. Blythe). 1931. "Freddy Lund -- Exhibition Thriller". Popular Aviation. December, 1931.

Miller, John M. 2002. Flying Stories: A Chronicle of Aviation History from Jennys to Jets by the Pilot Who Flew Through It All. Published by The American Bonanza Society; available from them at www.bonanza.org . Follow their Marketplace link. WL

Muir, Florabel. 1950. Headline Happy. Holt, NY. 249pp.

Nichols, Ruth. 1957. Wings for Life. J.B. Lippincott, NY. 317 pp. WL

Owen, Bessie. 1941. Aerial Vagabond. Liveright Publishing Corporation, NY. 260 pp. (signed by author Owen). WL

Tomlinson, D.W. "Tommy". 1930. The Sky's the Limit. Macrae, Smith Company, Philadelphia, PA. (left) WL

_____. 1933. "Who Wants to Jump?" Western Flying. April. pp. 8-9.

Van Zandt, J. Parker.1944. Civil Aviation and Peace. Brookings Institution, 722 Jackson Place, N. Washington 6, D. C.

von Koenig-Warthausen, Baron F.K. 1930. Wings Around the World, G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York. 185pp. (right) WL

 

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PDF AND OTHER DOWNLOADS AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS SITE

PLEASE NOTE: Some of these downloads have been tested with eReaders and found compatible and readable on those devices. If you download and install them on your favorite brand of eReader, I'm interested to know your results. Please take a second to let me KNOW and I'll share your experience on this page. That said, assumedly any tablet with a PDF reader app can handle any of these free files. (KC = Kindle-compatible; XC = Android-compatible with at least Adobe Reader 10.0). The most recent version of Adobe Reader is available free at the Adobe homepage.

Courtesy of Your Webmaster

"Art Goebel's Own Story" 2010 is the fifth anniversary year of the Web site www.dmairfield.org. Likewise, 2010 marks the tenth anniversary of your Webmaster's labors on behalf of the Register that is the focus of this Web site. We celebrate this double anniversary year with a free book download. Please click the link to acquire your own copy of "Art Goebel's Own Story" (PDF 5.5MB).

"The Congress of Ghosts." Article published by your Webmaster in Skyways: The Journal of the Airplane 1920-1940. Volume 90, April, 2010. Pp. 22-26. PDF 2.5MB. XC

BOOK REVIEW for "Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race" is available at the link. Permission is hereby granted to use this text and image, as is, without changes in wording, but preserving hyperlinks, in your print or Web publications. 65 KB, about 550 words. XC

Calendar for 1925-1936. Annual calendars by month that cover 1925-1936, the dates that the Davis-Monthan Register lay open at the Airfield in Tucson. 81KB. KC, XC

List of Biographical Dossiers from the National Air & Space Museum (NASM) Archives as they relate to the pilots and passengers of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. I make this list available for site visitors who may want to contact the NASM with a biographical file number to obtain original information about any of the Register people on the list. The dossier number follows each person's name. People listed alphabetically. If the NASM files have one shortcoming, it is the fact that most of the original newspaper clippings in them are unsourced and undated. The second link contains NASM Archives contact information. 45KB. List is KC, XC

List of Unsolicited Testimonials from visitors to www.dmairfield.org. See what other site visitors to dmairfield.org had to say about the site. To protect the privacy of my visitors, this is an anonymous list, current as of June 4, 2015. 88KB. KC, XC

1931 Air Races Schedule & Prizes. 1.5MB. XC

History of the Davis-Monthan Municipal Aviation Field. U.S. government document. 17.2MB. XC

1928 National Air Tour booklet written by John Livingston. 505KB. XC

NC788V article from Vintage Airplane, March 2004. 231KB. XC

Why N? A description of US aircraft registration coding. Courtesy of the American Aviation Historical Society Journal. 135KB. XC

The Pioneer Hotel A photographic romp through the old Aviator's Lounge at the premier Tucson hotel during the Golden Age of Flight. Go there and spend some time in the Lounge. It was a great, fun place!

"Women of the Golden Age: Their Airplanes and Their Spirits Still Live!” Article published by your Webmaster, March 2004. 1.58MB. Not Kindle-compatible in its current form. XC

Standard Air Lines: A Productivity and Operations History for Davis-Monthan Aviation Field, 1927-1930.” Article published by your Webmaster, Spring 2006. 670KB. XC

"Three New Historic Aviation Photograph and Document Collections". Click the link to download your own PDF copy. The paper, published in the Winter, 2007 issue of the American Aviation Historical Society Journal, presents to fellow aviation historians the Cosgrove Collection, Gerow Collection and Russell Collection images and documents available for view on dmairfield.org. This paper was presented sumultaneously at the Conference of Historic Aviation Writers, Memphis, TN October 19-21, 2007. 785KB. XC

Program for the 80th Anniversary Celebration of the Davis-Monthan Airfield, September 14, 2007. 3.9MB. XC

McClure, Marion. 1998. Bloomington, Illinois Aviation 1920, 1930, 1940. StarNet. Bloomington, IL. 86 pp. 23MB. XC

USAAC Maintenance Records for Lockheed Sirius NR8494 (aka 32-232) via Tim Kalina. XC

Pilot Flight Log, 1929-1942, for John Livingston 58 pages, 254MB. XC

Tubis, Harry. 1984. Photogrammetric Pioneers: George J. DeGarmo, Jr. Photogrammetry Engineering and Remote Sensing. 50:9. pp. 1257-1290. This article references our Lockheed Vega NC858E. Four pages, 1.2MB. XC

Log books of Register pilot Elmer C. McLeod. Nine log books representing 20 years of flying. McLeod was an early west coast charter pilot, and test pilot for the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. The logs of this well-traveled pilot record flights across the United States, to Canada, Mexico and South America, and to Europe, India and South Africa. PDF downloads from 5-9Mb, depending on the log. XC

Wilmer Stultz, Lou Gordon & Amelia Earhart booklet commemorating their transatlantic flight on June 17-18, 1928. On that date, Stultz, mechanic Gordon (1901-1964), and Earhart (1897-1937) as passenger in the back, flew across the Atlantic from Trepassey Bay, Newfoundland to Burry Port, Wales. Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, even though not as pilot in command. The booklet was printed as a handout at the celebration held in Stultz' hometown of Williamsburg, PA on July 18, 1928. It is autographed on the cover by Stultz and Gordon. 3.0MB. XC

Courtesy of the Cooper Collection

1927 Air Races Schedule & Prizes. Like the one used by pilot Paul Richter. 12.3MB. XC

1930 Spartan School of Aeronautics advertising brochure and pamphlet. 6.9MB. XC

Nicholas-Beazley NB-4 Brochure, ca. 1930-31. 1.3MB. XC

1931 Nicholas-Beazley Catalog Big file, but worth it! 15MB. XC

1932 Monocoupe Sales Brochure 2.6MB. XC

1934 Fairchild Brochure 1.75MB. XC

Courtesy of the Granger Family

"The Golden Age of Local Air Racing" (PDF 416 KB) is a biographical sketch of James E. Granger. This account, authored by Granger's son Norman, is one of the best things that has come through my monitor since I started this project.  It has veracity and passion that are missing from your common news clips, articles and such.  How great to read something written in simple, un-hyperbolic language by an eye witness.  Especially by the kin of two of the best-known players (I include Granger's wife and fellow Register pilot Clema) in west coast Golden Age flying. XC

Courtesy of Ruth Richter Holden

Northrop Alpha NC11Y Restoration Article 19.6MB. Documents the restoration of the subject Register airplane. XC

Courtesy of Roger Bailey and the St. Lawrence County (NY) Historical Association

Bailey, Roger. 2008. Dwight Church: The Flying Photographer and His Real Photo Postcards. The St. Lawrence County Historical Association Quarterly. October, 2008. 53:4. pp. 4-39. (4.2MB). This article describes the life of one owner of one of our Register airplanes, the Monosport NC113K. As well as an excellent story, this article exhibits some very sharp black and white photographs. Refer to Endnote #23 in the article. XC

Courtesy of the John B. Fornasero Family

"Reach for the Skies", 2010 (Source: Fornasero Family)

"Reach for the Skies" is a 90-year accounting of Register pilot John B. Fornasero's truly American life that spans the immigration of his parents from Italy in 1877, to his passing in 1967. Written by John Fornasero's daughters. You may download it in its entirety at the link (or click on the book cover at right). This book includes 39 black & white photographs that have not been published in any form before. This PDF file takes under two minutes to download, and is a great read (40.9 MB, 89 pages, including color covers). XC

 

 

 

 

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USEFUL LINKS FOR AVIATION HISTORY

The sites linked below (in roughly alphabetical order) are frequently referenced from various Web pages on dmairfield.org. These are quality sites that are well-documented, periodically updated and have remained stable for a number of years.

Click to go to Abandoned and Little-Known Airfields. The Webmaster at this site, Paul Freeman, has compiled descriptions and images of 1,412 airfields in all 50 states. He includes "then & now" aerials of some fields (you'd be surprised at how many old airfields are now shopping centers), as well as navigational chart depictions of the airfields through the years. Many Home Base and Destination airfields cited in the Register by Davis-Monthan pilots are referenced at this site.

Click to go to aerofiles.com, a comprehensive airplane history and reference site, with keyword-searchable database of civil and military aircraft. If it ever flew, it's here. Likewise, information on air racing, biographies, museums, etc.

Air Force Historical Studies Office. The home page of this site has a link to "Our Books and Online Publications." Follow the link to a list of Historical Studies Office publications by author and by title. Some of these are specifically relevant to the Army pilots, aircraft and events recorded in the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. The site is a good browse.

Click to go to the Airport Pilot Shop for sundry pilot needs. Not so much a subject matter source or commercial plug as it is a personal thanks for shop owner Dave Rochin, who is always on hand to serve the flying needs of Your Webmaster and Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. with navigational charts, oil, filters and spark plugs, as well as hangar flying.

Allen Airways Flying Museum. Friend of your Webmaster and dmairfield.org, Bill Allen provided much of the information and many of the photographs to build the Web page for Frederick Trapnell. He provided images for several other pilots and aircraft as well. The Museum houses Register airplane Laird NC10402.

Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. Books and e-books on aviation history related to the suite of Web sites that celebrate American Airfield Registers.

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) "Timeless Voices of Aviation" (home page). This Web site has compiled hundreds of one-on-one video interviews of the people of aviation. Our Register pilot John M. Miller is specifically featured at this link. Likewise, the EAA interview with Your Webmaster is at this link. The general data base of all interviewees is at the link.

Click to go to Joe Baugher's Site. There you will find all USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF aircraft serial numbers listed chronologically, 1908 to present. Further, you will also find US Navy and US Marine Corps aircraft serial numbers and Bureau Numbers, 1911 to present. Brief descriptions of airplane fates, when known, are listed after some of the numbers. For example, got a photograph of your grandfather standing next to a twin-engined airplane with the number 41-7496 stenciled on it? Go to Joe's site and find out that the airplane was a P-38F Lightning, wrecked at Metropolitan Airport, Van Nuys, CA on June 1, 1943. Hopefullly your grandfather wasn't in it!

Click to go to the home page of Early Birds of Aviation Web site. The Early Birds were an organization of pioneer aviators who flew solo before December 17, 1916. The site at the link has many interesting photographs and biographies of these elite pilots. The membership roster of the Early Birds lists 280 names. There will never be any more. There are no surviving members of the Early Birds of Aviation as of the upload date of this page. An article from Popular Aviation magazine, September, 1940, at the link (PDF 1.2Mb) documents Early Bird history and highlights some of the living members as of that date.

Interestingly, there are at least 46 Early Birds (about 17% of membership) who signed the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. They are Henry "Hap" Arnold, Eddie Bellande, Joseph Bennett, George Brett, William Brock, George Brower, Gilbert Budwig, V.L. Burge, John Carberry, Walter Carr, Clyde Cessna, Earl Daugherty, Trubee Davison, Richard Depew, Ira Eaker, Shepler FitzGerald, Anthony Fokker, Benjamin Foulois, Thomas Fowler, John Frost, Harry Graham, Millard Harmon, Clarence Horton, David Johnson, Walter Kilner, James Kinney, Roy Kirtland, Frank Lahm, Oliver "Boots" LeBoutillier, Lester Maitland, Charles Meyers, Thomas Milling, Douglas Netherwood, Billy Parker, E.L. Remelin, Ralph Royce, Ned Schramm, Ed Schultz, Albert Smith, Carl Spatz, Thomas "Eric" Springer, Edward Stinson, Charles Burrell Tibbs, Bernard Whelan and Kenneth Whiting.

One of the references above is the Listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed Aircraft ("Data Cards") in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC. These are literally 8.5" x 11" formatted cards that have summaries of the chain of custody through the years for individual aircraft (one aircraft per card).

Where additional information is required, you may be able to order the full record directly from the FAA at the link. he The online order form is at the link. The costs are very reasonable. You'll get a bill when your materials arrive, then you can pay by mail or online.

FindaGrave, a useful commercial site for, what else, finding a grave. It presents information about graves of famous and not so famous people located in cemeteries around the world. Many of our Register pilots are online at FindaGrave. In some cases it's their only Web presence.

The home of Flabob Airport. Flabob Airport (Riverside, CA) is the seventh oldest surviving airport in California.

British aviation journal Flight from 1909-2004. Go to this site, click the ARCHIVE button, and you will find, in keyword-searchable, PDF downloadable and printable form, all the volumes of this journal. What a storehouse of information, especially for British and Continental aviation. U.S. and global flight coverage is also timely and fairly broad. Retrieval of information is somewhat slow, but worth the wait.

The home page of the Los Angeles Public Library Web site is a great source for photographs of Register aircraft and people. From the home page click "Browse the Photo Collection".

The home page of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC. The archivists at the Museum have graciously, and with great hospitality, hosted your Webmaster every summer since 2001 to work with their records of people, airplanes and events relevant to www.dmairfield.org, THE Web site of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. Literally thousands of pages on dmairfield.org are touched by information learned and acquired from the NASM, not the least of which is their collection of biographical files (PDF 44.5KB). For further information and exploration of NASM holdings, you can click from the NASM home page dropdown menus RESEARCH --> ARCHIVES. Phone numbers and email addresses are there to support your own research needs. Site visitors ask me all the time, "Can I go to the Archives and look stuff up?" The answer is, if you're a U.S. citizen, "Absolutely!" As a taxpayer, the Archives are yours to use in compliance with a few ground rules.

The NASA Web site at the link provides high-quality black & white photographs of aerodynamic tests of various early military aircraft and airfoils. See especially tests 1-113, which document tests between 1931 and 1939.

National Museum of the Air Force. Located in Dayton, OH.

The home page of a virtual tour of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Try the link for a unique trip through the Museum. Click the map for the "Early Years" to see some of the Army aircraft types that are represented n the Register. Not as good as being at the Museum in person, but tour will whet your appetite to go visit.

National Naval Aviation Museum. Located in Pensacola, FL, the NNAM is one of the largest aviation museums, exhibiting more than 150 restored aircraft. Among them is the Curtiss Hawk A-6969, which landed at Tucson and is recorded in the Register on February 20, 1928. Admission and guided tours are free.

The home page of The Ninety-Nines, the Web site of the international pilot organization for women. Forty-two female pilots visited the Davis-Monthan Airfield as pilot in command between 1929 and 1936. Fourteen of them were Charter Members of The Ninety-Nines. Nine of the aircraft they flew are still registered with the FAA today. The 99s site lists all the charter members, and exhibits biographies of some female Register pilots.

The OX5 Club. Membership is limited to those who, prior to December 31, 1940, have soloed or flown an OX5 powered aircraft, or have owned an OX5 powered aircraft, or have actively and directly participated in the design, construction, repair, maintenance or operation of OX5 powered aircraft. As of 2014 there are about 900 members. Obviously, the date specification self-limits the membership. So the new classification "Aviation Historian" was established, which requires new members simply to affirm they will work toward the perpetuation of the history of the OX5 aviation pioneers.

The home page of the San Diego Aerospace Museum (SDAM). The Museum kindly allows us to exhibit on dmairfield.org a selection of images and artifacts from their collections. See, for example, Ned Schramm and Grover Ruckstell, among others. The Museum Archives have published thousands of photographs online as a Flickr stream. Many are able to be used with limited rights. An example is the Frank S. "Luke" Luqueer Photo Collection.

Specific set of SDAM images related to Ryan Aeronautical Company. The Museum describes the image set: "These rare images document the history of San Diego's Ryan Aeronautical. Highlights include the Spirit of St. Louis, Charles Lindbergh, the ST series of aircraft, PT series and Brougham series of aircraft, the Firebee and Fireball, among other subjects! These images were collected and organized by Ryan Historian William Wagner." 4,200 images; a useful browse.

Interview about Elinor Smith's life recorded by National Public Radio with friend of dmairfield.org and Smithsonian curator Dorothy Cochrane. Although not a Register signer, during the late 1920s Smith traded endurance records with Bobbi Trout. She teamed with Trout to set a joint refueled endurance record in November, 1929. Earlier, she received flight instruction from Register pilot Freddie Lund.

Follow this link to the Smithsonian Annals of Flight volumes (10 of them) alphabetized by title. These variable-length PDFs are downloadable at no charge.

University of Texas, Dallas, General Aviation Collection. Provides links to finding aids for various aspects of general aviation, including pilot biographies, airfield histories and miscellaneous scrapbooks.

Follow this link to the Virtual Aircraft Museum. Hundreds of aircraft, international coverage, some diagrammed in 3-view with specs. Historic as well as modern aircraft.

Not Aviation-Related: From The New York Times, an article entitled, "Piercing the Mystery of Potter’s Field." New York City has introduced a searchable database for the impoverished dead who have been buried on Hart Island. I haven't explored the database. I call it to your attention, since it represents another interesting database of people with a history.

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This page contains alphabetical listings of some of the hundreds of references I have used as background to build Web pages for the people, airplanes, places and events documented in the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. Use the links below to navigate this page.

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DOWNLOADS AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE Many of these PDF and image files have been tested and found compatible with eReaders.

USEFUL LINKS FOR AVIATION HISTORY

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Where individual references or further information are available online, I provide links directly to them.

For example, 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.

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Please note: This list changes constantly. Check back often!

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Many of the west-coast newspaper articles were found and shared with us by dmairfield.org friend Mike Gerow.

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