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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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Some of the information on this page comes from the following book donated by David Pitcairn:

Standard Oil Company of California. 1931. Landing Fields of the Pacific West. 5th Ed. Published May 15, 1931.


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Landing Fields, 1931 (Source: Pitcairn)
Landing Fields, 1931 (Source: Pitcairn)



Ajo, AZ is about 100 miles west northwest of Tucson. Only two pilots who signed the Register identified Ajo as their final destination. It was not an airfield frequented often by Register pilots.

At right is a section on page 10 of the 1931 Standard Oil book shared with us by friend of David Pitcairn and cited in the left sidebar. It states that the old Ajo airfield was located about five miles north of town.


Below, Ajo airfield in the 1937 Department of Commerce (DOC) volume (see the REFERENCES) is described as follows. There is a significant change between 1931 and 1937, in that now there are four distinct landing strips as opposed to a single large, irregularly-shaped area. There also appears to be fuel available (day only) at the field, rather than having to call the Standard Oil Company for truck delivery.

DOC Airway Bulletin Description, 1937 (Source: Kalina)
DOC Airway Bulletin Description, 1937 (Source: Kalina)

The present-day airfield (see below) is about five miles north of town, suggesting that the modern Ajo airport stands on or near the original site.

Ajo today is a town of about 4,000 people. Ajo flourished for a while from its copper mine, which can be seen as the bluish areas south and east of the city near the bottom of the Google Earth view below. The circular area is the open pit of the New Cornelia Mine. The mine is no longer in operation.

The "X"-shaped area at the top of the photo is the Ajo airport. Upon close view, only the asphalt NW-SE runway is open and used. There appear to be two hangar buildings on the "L"-shaped apron, but no aircraft are visible on the ground in this photograph.

Google Earth View of Ajo, AZ, December, 2010 (Source: Google Earth)
Google Earth View of Ajo, AZ, December, 2010 (Source: Google Earth)

In the 21st century, Ajo is an area attractive to retirees. Because of its proximity to the Mexican border, it serves as home for many U.S. Border Patrol agents.



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Two Register pilots identified Ajo, AZ as their final destination.

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