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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.

---o0o--- Congress of Ghosts is an anniversary celebration for 2010.  It is an historical biography, that celebrates the 5th year online of 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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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Ryan B-1 Brougham NC4941 carried S/N 95. It appears twice in our Registers. First, here at Tucson, Wednesday, November 21, 1928 at 9:10AM, and four months later at Clover Field, Santa Monica, CA on Friday, March 25, 1929 at 11:15AM. Both flights were piloted by C.R. "Dusty" Rhodes. Rhodes carried a single passenger, M.S. Kingston, who was his boss and co-owner of Kingston and Rhodes Airways, Inc. Based at Eveleth, MN, they were westbound from Lordsburg, NM to San Diego, CA. Please direct your browser to Rhodes' link for more details.

Below, courtesy of site visitor G. Clifford, are three views of NC4941 on floats at Crane Lake, MN. Note the Kingston and Rhodes Airways, Inc. livery on the fuselage. The airplane was named "Spirit of St. Louis County." The engine is wrapped in canvas. Other than the young person at lower left looking in the direction of the camera, there are no remarkable details in this scene. A man walks toward the airplane with a valise or suitcase. The crowd wears warm clothing and the sky is grey suggesting a spring or fall timing.

Ryan NC4941, Crane Lake, MN, Date Unknown (Source: Clifford)
Ryan NC4941, Crane Lake, MN, Date Unknown (Source: Clifford)

In the photograph below, the boat remains in the frame at left, but few other details suggest this photo might have been taken the same day as the one above. Note the chair on the dock near the boat.

Ryan NC4941, Crane Lake, MN, Date Unknown (Source: Clifford)

Below, the boat is gone and the people are dressed for warmer weather. At starboard there are feet and legs visible on the ladder.

Ryan NC4941, Crane Lake, MN, Date Unknown (Source: Clifford)

I could find no information about NC4941 in the archives at the Smithsonian. Today the number 4941 is unassigned in the FAA database of registered aircraft. I have no further data on the later life or fate of NC4941. If you can help fill in the blanks, please let me KNOW.



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'm looking for photographs of pilot Rhodes and his airplanes to include on this page. If you have some you'd like to share, please click this FORM to contact me.


Thanks to site visitor G. Clifford for help building this page.



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. 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.  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. 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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