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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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This airplane is a Buhl CA-1WA Airster, S/N 64. It was manufactured in 1930 under ATC 2-283. It was a two-place monoplane with a 420hp P&W Wasp engine. The Sport version of the CA-1, pictured below, had wheel pants and an engine speed ring cowl.

This airplane landed once at Tucson on Wednesday, March 16, 1932 at 2:30 PM. It was piloted by George Miller, and he states in the Register that he carried two passengers. This is either a mistake, or he was counting himself as a passenger, or he was violating the type certificate of the airplane, which specified a single passenger plus the pilot. Regardless, Miller and his company were based at Philadelphia, PA and arrived from El Paso, TX enroute westbound to Los Angeles, CA.

The images below are shared with us by Chris from Massachusetts. These pictures were taken by his grandfather at what is now Logan Airport in Boston. His grandfather was Robert W.Wallstrom,  a participant in the Jordan-Traveler Junior Aviation League, Boston MA. In 1929, a large model airplane club, the Jordan-Traveler Junior Aviation League, was started in Boston. The club was sponsored by the Jordan Marsh Company, a department store, and the Boston Traveler, a newspaper. See NC11324 for other images from his album.

These photographs are straight from Robert Wallstrom's album. They are not retouched in any way except for sizing and optimizing for web download.

Buhl NC8458, Boston, MA, Date Unknown (Source: Chris)
Buhl NC8458, Boston, MA, Date Unknown


Buhl NC8458, Boston, MA, Date Unknown (Source: Chris)
Buhl NC8458, Boston, MA, Date Unknown

Another image of this airplane is here.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 02/02/08 REVISED: 02/19/08

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