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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 at the link. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.

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JAMES FLANNERY

Lt. James Flannery signed the Tucson Register once on Wednesday, April 2, 1930. Based at San Antonio, TX, Brooks Field, he arrived from Riverside, CA on his way to Ft. Bliss, El Paso, TX. He was solo in a Douglas O-2K, number 29-191, with a Liberty engine.

We are lucky to have a copy of the pilot flight log book used by Lt. Flannery, which places him in Tucson on April 2. I acquired this copy from his grand nephew. Below, the cover from his Pilot's Book.

Lt. James Flannery, Pilot Log Cover
Lt. James Flannery, Pilot Log Cover

It is not clear when he began his flight training. At the beginning of this log, with 836 hours, 10 minutes total flight time, he began a series of "training" flights (as flight instructor?) in a PT-1 on November 18, 1927. Below, his training flights of the 18th through 25th are recorded. Interestingly, his observer on the 21st was another Register pilot, Lt. Cheatti (second line, right page).

Lt. James Flannery, Pilot Log, November 1927
Lt. James Flannery, Pilot Log, November 1927Lt. James Flannery, Pilot Log, November 1927

At the end of November he added another eight hours of flight time for a total of 844 hours, 10 minutes. Below, another connection with the Davis-Monthan Register is pilot Wendell H. Brookley, who, as operations officer, signed off on Lt. Flannery's flight hours for the month of November, but who also signed the Register on May 9, 1931.

Lt. James Flannery, Pilot Log, November Totals
Lt. James Flannery, Pilot Log, November Totals

A couple of months of the same went by. His totals for February 1929, below, are signed off by Register pilot and assistant operations officer Robert W. Harper who signed the Register twice, on September 12 and 18, 1928.

Lt. James Flannery, Pilot Log, February 1929 Totals
Lt. James Flannery, Pilot Log, February 1929 Totals

Most of his flights with pilot officers were cross-country training sorties to places nearby, usually within 2-3 hours' flying time, like Abilene, Austin, Dallas, Waco and Laredo. Others ventured farther into Louisiana and Alabama. As of the end of December, 1928 he had accumulated 942 hours and 25 minutes of flight time. By the end of December, 1929, 995 hours and 45 minutes.

Now comes 1930 and April. Below, the pages of Flannery's pilot log that record his visit to Tucson April 2nd. It is rare that we can place a pilot's visit to Tucson within an itinerary or other activities recorded in their own pilot logbook or their publications. Other examples among Register pilots are Pancho Barnes, Zantford Granville, Ruth Nichols and Bill Piper, Jr.

Lt. James Flannery, Pilot Log, April 1930
Lt. James Flannery, Pilot Log Cover

His accumulated flight experience to the end of April, 1930 was 1,046 hours 30 minutes.

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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.

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