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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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A brief history of NR(C)997E, with pictures, is available here (PDF 1.6 MB). This history was compiled by Robert G. Lock, the present owner and pilot of NC997E. Visit his Web site here.

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COMMAND-AIRE 5C3 NR997E

Ex-Duster Still Registered With the FAA

This workhorse airplane landed at Tucson Wednesday, May 21, 1930 at 1:15 PM. It was flown solo by Mason Menefee, who commented in the REMARKS column of the Register, "Too dusty and hot". Based in Houston, TX, he was westbound from Lordsburg, NM to Los Angeles, CA.

Interestingly, this airplane seems to be one of two new Command-Aires flying the same itinerary that day. NR996E, flown solo by pilot Craig Bingham, logged its arrival a minute before NR997E. Bingham also noted, "Too hot".

Equally as interesting, both these airplanes are still registered with the FAA, having been recently owned by the same person (refer to the PDF download in the left sidebar). Below, a contemporary image of NC997E by Gilles Auliard.

Command-Aire NC997E in the Air Over Wisconsin, 2006
Command-Aire NC997E in the Air Over Wisconsin, 2006

Refer to the PDF download, left sidebar, for earlier images and a more detailed history. When it landed at Tucson, it was probably owned by Curtiss Flying Service of Houston, TX, and was probably configured as a duster aircraft. It was registered "NR" (restricted) to reflect that status.

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Thanks to Robert Lock and Gilles Auliard for information and images of NR997E.

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