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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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Kansas City Star, April 6, 1930 (Source: Woodling)
Kansas City Star, April 6, 1930 (Source: Woodling)

Arthur Wintheiser landed once at Tucson, Sunday, August 18, 1929 at 4:30PM. He was solo in the American Eagle he identified as NR562H. Based at Kansas City, MO, he arrived from Lordsburg, NM. He remained on the ground until 5:15 and departed for Phoenix, AZ. The flight from Tucson to Phoenix back then was probably around two hours, which he would have made before dark on that long summer day. The sun lowering over the left wing was probably a spectacular sight. I have little information and no photographs of Wintheiser and nothing about his airplane. If you can help, please let me KNOW.

Wintheiser was a test pilot for the American Eagle Aircraft Corporation. Soon after he landed at Tucson, he resigned the company to make a tour of the western states, as cited in the article at right from the Kansas City Star of April 6, 1930. There does not seem to be a relationship between his Tucson landing and the tour.

A few years later, below, an article from The Evening Tribune, Albert Lea, MN, July 14, 1933. The Great Depression was deepening and aviators and oil companies were doing anything to make a buck, including Wintheiser and Mobil. The use of aircraft for advertising was not unique during the era. Some examples at dmairfield.org are the Sikorsky NC2756, the Goodyear Blimp NC18A and the "Voice of the Sky," Fokker NC1661.

The Evening Tribune, Albert Lea, MN, July 14, 1933 (Source: Woodling)
The Evening Tribune, Albert Lea, MN, July 14, 1933 (Source: Woodling)


Big Spring (TX) Herald, Ca. 1939 (Source: Woodling)



In 1939, Wintheiser took the job as airport manager of the Big Spring, TX Municipal Airport. A 1939 article, left, from the Big Spring Herald describes his new responsibility, as well as provides some biographical information.

With WWII on the horizon, many airfields were being taken over by the military as training fields. The one in Tuscaloosa was among them, opened as an Army Air Corps primary pilot training facility in 1940 named Van De Graaff Field.

The article cites Wintheiser's experience during WWI as working with lighter-than-air craft, then switching to airplanes. He must have flown the air mail for a time, leaving commercial work for self-employment in 1933. Note in the article above that he is identified as an "ex-mail pilot." The date of the article suggests he left the mail business before July 14th that year.

Besides managing the airport, he appears to be the flight instructor and charter pilot in residence. Wintheiser flew with Transport pilot certificate number T4737.



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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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