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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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CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA

Chickasha, OK (pronounced "chick-a-shay" by the locals) is a home base and destination cited by Wiley Post. He flew there to and from Tucson on November 17, 1928 and December 17, 1928. (Coincidentally, December 17, 1928 was the 25th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight. I wonder if he thought about that.) On both of those flights passing through Tucson he was flying Lockheed Vega NC7954. This brand new Vega was the first "Winnie Mae", c/n24, built on August 12, 1928.

Chickasha Municipal Airport is located southwest of Oklahoma City. I have no images of the airport as it was in Post's day during the 1920s and 30s. However, Chickasha airport looks like this today. Images below were taken by your Webmaster on September 11, 2002 (yes, I just had to fly on this day). The two airborne shots are out the front, through the prop disk over the nose of my airplane.

Chickasha, OK Crosswind
Chickasha, OK Final 35

Left, flying crosswind for runway 35 on approach from the northeast.

Right, final approach for runway 35. Runway 17/35 is concrete. The other two runways (4/22, 18/36) are turf and difficult to see in these images. They are to the right (east) of the paved runway and taxiway. It is these turf runways that Post used, and you can still use them today.

I imagine when Wiley and his passengers landed here, the landscape was pretty much like it is now; plowed fields and grassland with a few trees. The runways, of course, were unpaved.

On the ground, the airport was sleepy that early fall day. Only one FBO, and no rental cars or restaurants were on the field (although some of each are nearby).

On the eastern apron, there were hangars from the WWII era (below, left). On May 3, 1999 the Chickasha airport was hit by a massive F5 tornado.  This really hurt the hangers and now they are just decaying away. But before the tornado they were still being used and in good condition. Today, the canvas ceiling insulation is crumbling and falling to the ground, and inhabitants like this tarantula beginning to crawl up the wall (below, right) made their way over and under the debris.

WWII Hangars
TARANTULA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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.

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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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