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. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.
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LESTER MAITLAND, ALBERT HEGENBERGER AND THE "BIRD OF PARADISE " AT
Here we see about 35 seconds of the visit of
Lester Maitland and Albert
Hegenberger to Tucson on June
20, 1927. Their airplane is a Fokker C-2, 26-202, named "Bird
of Paradise". They are on their way to San Francisco, CA
to attempt a trans-Pacific flight to Hawaii.
This is a silent film. Use your cursor and
the menu bar below the image to control the movie.
The film misses their arrival and we begin
with the airplane being fueled from a truck. They had arrived
from El Paso, TX enroute to San Diego, CA. Next we see three
men standing in front of the airplane. On the left is Hegenberger,
center is Maitland and the gentleman on the right is unidentified.
Next, Hegenberger and the unidentified gentleman
walk under the port wing as several men attend to the port
engine. Chances are that among these men are Fred Herman,
Bradley Jones and Jim Rivers, all passengers in the C-2.
Rivers was assigned as the mechanic
for the trip.
Then the film
shows the airplane preparing to taxi for takeoff, the pilots
throwing the empennage around and momentarily obscuring the
camera with a cloud of dust.
They wrote "Honolulu or bust" in
the remarks column of the Register. Indeed, they began their
trans-Pacific flight from San Francisco on June 28 at 7:00
AM. They covered the 2,400 miles in 25 hours 49 minutes and
Coming on the heels of Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic
flight a month earlier, their victory over the Pacific Ocean
made great news and ushered in a couple of more attempts
to cross the Pacific that summer. One of the more noted and
successful was that of Art
Goebel and Wm. Davis in the Travel Air "Woolaroc".
You may review this and all the film clips
UPLOADED: 04/03/07 REVISED:
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!