A copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register with cross-references to
pilots and airplanes is available here.
This link leads you to a book that describes and illustrates with black & white images 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.
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CURTISS F6C-1 HAWK A-6969
A-6969 represents the first model in the famous line of Curtiss "Hawk" fighter aircraft. It has a sister aircraft on this website, A-6972, which started life as a dash-1 model, but was modified with an "experimental radiator" and became a dash-3 model. The Hawks were used by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps between 1925 and 1932.
The F6C-1's had 400HP Curtiss D-12 engines installed. You can see the 24 exhaust stacks emerging from the sides of the engine cowl. Additional technical facts are cited in the film narration.
Derived from the Curtiss seaplanes that won many of the air races of the early 1920s, when introduced to the fleet, the Hawk was considered the finest fighter airplane then flying.
A-6969 landed at Tucson once on February 20, 1928 11:45 AM. It was flown on this winter Monday morning by 1st Lt. T.J. Cushman, USMC. He arrived from San Diego, CA. We can picture him warming himself in the hangar; perhaps having a bite to eat. He departed at 1:00 PM eastbound to Quantico, VA.
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