The Webmaster and creator of www.dmairfield.org, G.W. Hyatt, performs public speaking, research and writing exclusively to source this Web site, and to publish and celebrate the people, aircraft, places and events that were recorded between 1925 and 1936 in the old Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. Please direct your browser to THE REGISTER in the upper right-hand corner of this page to learn more about it.
Hyatt is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot, A&P
and pilot/mechanic for a cherry Mooney M20C, which is currently for sale. He earned his
Airframe & Powerplant
certificates in 1996. Attending night classes while working
full-time, he graduated summa cum
laude with an associate
degree in engineering sciences, and a speciality in aviation
maintenance. He pampers his Mooney and flies for pleasure.
A lot of the flying is on behalf of research for the people,
places, airplanes and events covered on this Web site. He has a hangar and workshop in Southwest Florida.
He retired in 1996 from a midwest consumer products company,
where he held positions in management systems, product development,
environmental affairs and pharmaceuticals. He earned numerous
awards for innovation, teamwork and publication. Before that
he was professor of biological sciences at a midwest university.
He found a copy of the Register in a used book store in Alexandria, VA, June 13, 2000. His life has not been the same since he first opened it and viewed its dusty, handwritten pages.
Photo, right, holding the original Airfield Register, taken
September, 2002 at the Operations Office of the Davis-Monthan
Air Force Base, Tucson, AZ. The Register is leather-bound and weighs about 20 pounds. Note the use of toweling to prevent fingerprints. The Register's glass display case is behind.
Below, research activities at the National Air & Space Museum Archives, Washington, DC. Hyatt's copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register, and the progenitor of this entire Web site, is the blue volume at lower right. Note the white cotton gloves above the Register near the edge of the table for handling archival materials and photographs.
At NASM, 2002
Work on behalf of the Register has taken him coast-to-coast in the U.S. to visit museums, archives, historical societies, personal photograph, artifact and document collections, and, in some cases, with the actual aircraft and people who are signed in the Register between 1925 and 1936. These on-the-ground visits are supplemented by email correspondences (and some personal visits) with over 200 relatives (as of 2012) of Davis-Monthan Register signers.
These are supplemented by contacts by individuals who own some of the vintage airplanes, or have other information about the people, aircraft, places and events that find mention and origin in the Register. They have led to constructive international email correspondences with site visitors not only in the U.S. and Canada, but also in many European countries, South America, China and Mexico.
The Web site research has led to the publication of numerous articles and five books by your Webmaster as of 2012. The books are listed chronologically in the left sidebar. Please direct your browser also to the PUBLICATIONS button at the top of the screen to view a sampling of some of his other writings. In most cases you can download from there PDF copies of the articles. If you have been touched by my site, you may support it via the PayPal DONATE link in the right sidebar.
UPLOADED: May, 2005 REVISED: Occasionally