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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 here. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.


This link leads you to a book that 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.


One of the other aircraft flown to Tucson by Eaker, Curtiss P-1B, 27-64, is shown here.

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BOEING P-12, 29-353

This airplane appears twice in the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. The first time was on Saturday, March 2, 1929 and the second on Sunday, March 24, 1929. Both times it was piloted by Ira C. Eaker. He was, among military flyers, one of the most frequent visitors, having landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield 16 times between 1925 and 1931. He flew military aircraft, many times carrying VIPs as passengers.

During his first visit to Tucson, he was eastbound from San Diego, CA (probably March Field) to El Paso, TX. His second itinerary was westbound from El Paso to Riverside, CA, March Field. For both his visits, he appeared to be flying by himself and not as a flight with others.

Below, a photograph of Eaker in 29-353. The date and location for this image are unknown.

Ira Eaker in Boeing P-12, 29-353
Ira Eaker in Boeing P-12, 29-353

According to Joe Baugher's site, 29-353 to 361 were Boeing P-12s, c/n 1100 to 1108. I have no further information regarding 29-353. Does anyone KNOW its fate?



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This photo is from the Bowers Collection, published in Wallick, S.L. “Lew”, Jr. & Peter M. Bowers. 1982. “Flying the P-12”. Red Barn Publications, Seattle, WA.

Thanks to Mike Gerow for pointing out this photograph.

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