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Some of this information comes from the biographical file for pilot Eglin, CE-108500-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


Pilot Eglin is a founding member of the Order of Daedalians. He was nominated Wing Staff Member on the first Daedalian Wing Staff.

A short biography of Eglin is available at this link, which is a PDF download of a short book that highlights several of our Davis-Monthan pilots.



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.


http://www.cafepress.com/content/global/img/spacer.gifThe Congress of Ghosts is an anniversary celebration for 2010.  It is an historical biography, that celebrates the 5th year online of www.dmairfield.org and the 10th year of effort on the project dedicated to analyze and exhibit the history embodied in the Register of the Davis-Monthan Airfield, Tucson, AZ. This book includes over thirty people, aircraft and events that swirled through Tucson between 1925 and 1936. It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders. Order your copy at the link, or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.  ISBN 978-0-9843074-4-9.


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Frederick Irving Eglin

Born February 23, 1891 in New York. Died January 1, 1937. Photograph, right, from his biographical folder at the NASM, cited left sidebar.

Pilot Eglin landed at Tucson six times as pilot in command between February 1926 and June 1929, and once as a passenger on Monday, August 21, 1933. His pilot this day was H.K. Ramey. His home base during these years was Kelly Field, San Antonio, TX. He flew Curtiss, de Havilland and Douglas aircraft, usually carrying one passenger. His flights were generally between the west coast and AAC bases in Texas. He remained in Tucson overnight just once.

During these years he was Executive Officer of the Air Corps Training Center, Duncan Field, TX. He occupied this position until August 22, 1929, when he was assigned as a student at the Air Corps Tactical School, Langley Field, VA.

He was first rated as a military aviator in 1917, then helped train other flyers during World War I. On 1 January 1937, while assigned to General Headquarters, Air Force, Langley Field, VA, he was killed in the crash of his Northrop A-17 pursuit aircraft on a flight from Langley to Maxwell Field, AL. Eglin Air Force Base in Florida was named on August 4, 1937 in honor of Lt. Col. Frederick Irving Eglin.

The Web abounds with information on Eglin Air Force Base, providing the standard cursory biography of its namesake. See the references, left, for something a little different.



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I'm looking for information and photographs of pilot Eglin and his airplanes to include on this page. If you have some you'd like to share, please click this FORM to contact me.


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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