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There is no biographical file for pilot Ellis in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.



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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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Dan Ellis landed twice at Tucson. His first landing was part of a laudable trans-continental flight. On Sunday, July 7, 1929 at 3:15PM he arrived in the Aeromarine-Klemm AKL-26 he identified as "120H." A photograph of 120H is at the Cosgrove Collection at the link. Based at Keysport, NJ, he arrived from Pecos, TX carrying his wife as passenger. They departed for Phoenix, AZ at 4:00PM.

The Aeromarine was a small, light airplane with two open cockpits and not much baggage capacity. In the best of times flying one across the U.S. would be a grueling adventure. July in the desert southwest must have been a challenge. But he wasn't the only Register pilot to fly Aeromarines long distances. Please direct your browser to Friedrich Karl Freiherr Baron von Koenig-Warthausen to learn about his spectacular flight, and to "Boots" LeBoutillier.

Below, courtesy of site visitor John Lyon, is an article that provides biographical information on pilot Ellis. Note mention of the flight in the Aeromarine.

Ellis' second landing was on Saturday, May 24, 1930 at 12:20PM. This time he was solo in the Fleet NC9435. He was part of a flight of three airplanes being ferried from Los Angeles, CA to Guatemala. Please direct your browser to the airplane link to learn about their arrival in Guatemala, and their activities through the rest of the year.

I have no information about Ellis' birth or death dates or his activities outside of aviation. If you can help, please let me KNOW.



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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.


Art Goebel's Own Story by Art Goebel (edited by G.W. Hyatt) is written in language that expands for us his life as a Golden Age aviation entrepreneur, who used his aviation exploits to build a business around his passion.  Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-1-8.


Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race is available at the link. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. What was it like to fly from Oakland to Honolulu in a single-engine plane during August 1927? Was the 25,000 dollar prize worth it? Did the resulting fame balance the risk? For the first time ever, this book presents the pilot and navigator's stories written by them within days of their record-setting adventure. Pilot Art Goebel and navigator William V. Davis, Jr. take us with them on the Woolaroc, their orange and blue Travel Air monoplane (NX869) as they enter the hazardous world of Golden Age trans-oceanic air racing. ISBN 978-0-9843074-3-2.


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