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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 here. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.

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I found no biographical file for pilot Corkville in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.

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This link leads you to a book that 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.

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JOHN D. CORKVILLE

John Corkville signed the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register on Wednesday, January 5, 1930. He was flying a Boeing P-12-B, 29-329. He was based at Dayton, OH, Wright Field and cited his itinerary as arriving eastbound from Seattle, WA to Dallas, TX. He remained overnight in Tucson and departed next morning at 9:30AM. He did not list a reason for his flight, but it could have been delivery of his airplane from the Boeing factory in Seattle. Below, courtesy of the San Diego Aerospace Museum Flickr Stream (SDAM), is an undated photograph of Corkville. Note, I have seen his name spelled Corkille. If anyone can clarify the spelling, please let me KNOW.

John Corkville, Date Unknown (Source: SDAM)
John Corkville, Date Unknown (Source: SDAM)

The photograph above was doctored (notice the light pigment near his shoulders) and cropped, probably for a formal ID portrait of some kind. Image, below, shows Corkville sitting at lower right. This informal portrait, below, from the NASM, is captioned, " ...Wright Field test pilots. Left to right, front: Capt. Street [sic, it should be Streete], Lt. Harrison G. 'Scotty' Crocker, Lt. John D. Corkville. Back" Capt. Moffat, Lt. Parker, Lt. Beery. In front of the group is a small trophy labeled Trophy 1931." There is a Lt. L.L. Beery signed in the Register in 1927. There is no clue as to whether he is Lt. Beery in this photograph.

John Corkville, Front Row, Right, 1931 (Source: NASM)
John Corkville, Front Row, Right, 1931

Below, from SDAM, is another informal portrait, date and location unknown.

John D. Corkville, Date & Location Unknown (Source: SDAM)
John D. Corkville, Date & Location Unknown (Source: SDAM)

 

J.D. Corkville, Popular Aviation, August, 1930
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J.D. Corkville, Date Unknown (Source: NASM)
J.D. Corkville, Date Unknown (Source: NASM)

 

 

At left is an article from Popular Aviation magazine (PA) from August, 1930 that describes Corkville's harrowing experience with fire in the cockpit. This forced landing probably occurred only months after his visit at Tucson.

According to Joe Baugher's site, Army aircraft numbers 29-329 to 341 were Boeing P-12Bs, c/n 1170 to 1182. He cites 29-329 as converted to XP-12G configuration, but later reverted to B configuration. Although there are no dates given for this remodeling, this could be a post-conversion flight from the factory by pilot Corkville.

 

 

 

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I'm looking for photographs of pilot Corkville and his airplane to include on this page. If you have one or more you'd like to share, please use this FORM to contact me.

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