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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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A source for this page is the book titled, "Airports and Established Landing Fields in the United States, 1933", published by The Airport Directory Company, Hackensack, NJ. Refer to page 30 of that book.

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U.S. Department of Commerce. Bureau of Air Commerce. 1937. Descriptions of Airports and Landing Fields in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. 222 pp. This book is shared with us by Tim Kalina.

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As of July, 2012, there is a museum being developed that features Clover Field and its history. Learn about it at the link.

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CLOVER FIELD

SANTA MONICA, CA

Located on Ocean park Boulevard in Santa Monica, Clover Field was perched in the southeast corner of the city limits, 2.5 miles from the ocean. It was established in 1922, named for World War I pilot Lt. Greayer "Grubby" Clover. In1933, it was 63 acres in area, rectangular in shape, with a 2,800 foot asphalt runway.

Clover Field, 1933

At left is a 1933 aerial photograph of Clover Field from the reference in the left sidebar. Another view of Clover Field is at pilot Al Wilson's page.

Day markings at Clover Field consisted of the standard circle at the center of the field, and "CLOVER FIELD" painted on a hangar. At night, it had a green, 24" rotating beacon, with boundary and flood lights. There were no landing fees, and no flood lighting fees for night activities.

Communications facilities at the field consisted of a telephone (number was 83966), and weather reports.

Local accomodations were first rate, with modern hotels in the city, and a restaurant on the field. Buses ran every 20 minutes, and taxi fare to town was 50 cents.

Service facilities were also first rate. Gas, oil and hangars were available, as were complete repair facilities, with licensed mechanics on call day or night. Daily storage fees ranged from $1 to $2.50, depending upon aircraft size. Monthly storage fees were $20 and up. Below, data from the 1937 reference cited in the left sidebar.

Airport Data, 1937 (Source: Kalina)
Airport Data, 1937 (Source: Kalina)

Interestingly, the primary operator at the field was James E. Granger, who provided aircraft sales, training, passenger and charter trips, motion picture work, repairs, aircraft servicing and hangars. Mr. Granger, and his wife, Clema, also a pilot, landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield a total of six times between 1930 and 1932. Their business hangar is the right nearest one. Two additional photos of Clover Field, with closer details of the hangars, are at James Granger's page. Another aerial image is at Dick Ranaldi's page.

Other operators were Mutual Aircraft Corp., which provided repair, servicing and storage. Its hangar is the one next left from Granger's. Douglas Aircraft Corp., which manufactured aircraft under contract to the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and foreign governments, was also at Santa Monica. Its facility is the large, flat-roofed structure at top.

Today the site of Clover Field is still an active aviation area, occupied by the Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

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THIS PAGE UPLOADED: May 2005 REVISED: 01/07/09, 01/11/10, 04/15/11, 07/26/12

 
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Who Went to Clover Field?
Forty-four pilots who landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield called Clover Field their Homebase.

Sixteen pilots arrived at Davis-Monthan Airfield from Clover Field, and 17 listed it as their final Destination.

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http://www.cafepress.com/content/global/img/spacer.gifThe Congress of Ghosts is an anniversary celebration for 2010.  It is an historical biography, that celebrates the 5th year online of www.dmairfield.org and the 10th year of effort on the project dedicated to analyze and exhibit the history embodied in the Register of the Davis-Monthan Airfield, Tucson, AZ. This book includes over thirty people, aircraft and events that swirled through Tucson between 1925 and 1936. It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders. Order your copy at the link, or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.  ISBN 978-0-9843074-4-9.

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