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Some of this information comes from the biographical file for pilot LaGrone, CL-023000-01, -20, reviewed by me 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.

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Tex Lagrone, an original Early Bird, landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield September 8, 1928. He flew the Waco ASO 7444. Here is a fine link to biographical information about Tex Lagrone (1890-1953). Excellent images, too.

At Tucson, Lagrone carried Clayton J. Brukner as passenger. Based at Oakland, CA, they were westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA. Lagrone was a Waco aircraft distributor located at Kansas City, MO. Clayton Bruckner was a principal of the Waco Aircraft Company during the entire time they were in business from 1924-1964.

Image, below shared with us by Andy Heins (right sidebar), is of Lagrone with a Waco SRE, not the Waco he flew to the Airfield.

Tex Lagrone with Waco SRE

Below, courtesy of site visitor Joe Kranz, is a U.S. postal cachet signed by Lagrone and postmarked January 12, 1934. It commemorates the 6th annual Miami All-American Air Races.

Tex Lagrone, U.S. Postal Cachet, January 12, 1934 (Source: Kranz)
Tex Lagrone, U.S. Postal Cachet, January 12, 1934 (Source: Kranz)


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The National Waco Club is recognized as the oldest "Type Club" in the United States.  President Andy Heins runs the day to day business of the Club, and we should all thank him for the effort he expended to help us understand better the Waco aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield way back when. Thanks, Andy.
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