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.
"Military Aircraft of the Davis Monthan Register, 1925-1936" is available at the link. This book describes and illustrates with black & white photographs 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. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.
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ARMY PURSUIT AIRCRAFT AT TUCSON
This film was taken at the Davis-Monthan Airfield,
Tucson, AZ probably on September 7, 1928. On that Friday
at 9:30AM ten Curtiss P-1 Hawks landed. This 35-second film
shows them on the flight line with some of their pilots
and other personnel milling around the aircraft.
This is a silent film.
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Based at Selfridge Field, Detroit, MI, these
aircraft and their pilots arrived from El Paso, TX. They
stayed until noon and then departed westward for San Diego,
CA. Their presence is cited in the Register on page
The names of the pilots and the (probably) squadron numbers
of their airplanes are shown in the following table.
If anyone can identify any of the people shown
in the film, please contact me using this FORM.
Refer to the film clip of Keystone
LB5A bombers that landed at Tucson on the same day, about an hour after
the fighters departed.
You may review this and all the film clips
on www.dmairfield.org here!
UPLOADED: 04/03/07 REVISED: 12/18/09
This clip is shared with us through the courtesy of Les Wolf & Family
of Tucson. The films come to us through Lt. Col. (RET) Alan
Thomas, long-time friend of dmairfield.org. The original
film, camera and projector belonged to Les Wolf’s step dad;
John Phieffer. According to Mr. Wolf’s late grandmother
Mr. Phieffer owned the first 16mm equipment in Tucson at the time. The
films, original camera and projector were retrieved during a remodel
of the family home in January 1989.
At that time the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson was undergoing
substantial remodeling and they discovered footage of its original
construction among the film reels. The films were donated
to the Arizona Historical Society and to local TV stations, which
used them in their broadcast stories about the Temple of Music
Mr. Wolf says, “My father (… now deceased) was born
in Tucson (1917) and [lived] thru all that history [which] didn’t
impress him as it did me. Subsequently he “allowed” donation
of these materials in our shared name; Les Wolf & family. All
my family dearly loves Tucson and its history. On their behalf,
thank you for your interest.”
It is we who should thank Mr. Wolf and Lt. Col. Thomas!