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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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Data about the National Air Races and Tours is available in the Aircraft Yearbook series (REFERENCES).

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WACO ATO NX5533

Waco NX5533 is recorded twice in the Register at Tucson. Both times it was piloted by John P. Wood. On September 11, 1928 he was westbound from New York to Los Angeles, CA competing in the Class B transcontinental race in conjunction with the1928 National Air Races. He placed third (24:31:08) behind the winner John Livingston (22:56:59) in Waco NX7527 and Eddie Ballough who placed second (23:16:24) in a Laird.

Waco NX5533
Waco NX5533

The second landing by NX5533 and Wood was on September 22, 1928. Wood landed late in the afternoon and remained overnight at Tucson, departing the next morning at 6 AM. He noted in the Remarks column of the Register, "return from races".

It was a busy summer of flying for Wood. A scant month earlier, he competed in the 6,300 mile National Air Tour of 1928, which ran from June 30-July 28. He placed first in this event with a total of 27,103.4 points. His airplane was painted with "Baby Ruth" on the fuselage, as the candy bar was his sponsor for the Air Tour. We know Wood landed at Tucson during that Air Tour, but did not sign the Register. The reason we know is that his airplane is captured on this motion picture film taken on the ground at Tucson on July 10, 1928. You will see "Baby Ruth" as the camera scans the airplanes on the line.

Below, NX5533 sits on the ground with an unidentified person (could be Wood). The location is unknown.

Waco NX5533 on the Ground
Waco NX5533 on the Ground, Tucson?

NX5533 carried S/N A-7 and it was manufactured during 1928. An excellent airborne image of NX5533 with two other sister ships, including Livingston's NX7527, can be found here on this site.

The good news is that NC5533 still exists, having been restored as of 2014 and pictured as below in the November, 2014 issue of AOPA Pilot magazine.

Waco NC5533, 2014 (Source: AOPA Pilot)
Waco NC5533, 2014 (Source: AOPA Pilot)

 

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THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 01/08/07 REVISED: 02/25/08, 03/12/10, 09/17/16

 
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President (as of the upload date of this page) Andy Heins of the National Waco Club sent the images at left. Andy  runs the day to day business of the Club, and we should all thank him for the effort he expended to help us understand better the Waco aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield way back when.

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