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OTHER RESOURCES

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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Excellent resources, and the source of many of the photos and descriptions you see in the links from this page, are books titled:

Standard Oil Company of California. 1931. Landing Fields of the Pacific West. 5th Ed. Published May 15, 1931. Book donated to the Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. Library by David Pitcairn, 2010.

Airports and Established Landing Fields in the United States, 1933. I picked up my copy at a library sale a couple of years ago. It wasn't cheap, but the information is great for this site.

U.S. Department of Commerce. Bureau of Air Commerce. January 1, 1937. Descriptions of Airports and Landing Fields in the United States. Airway Bulletin No. 2. U.S. Govt. Printing Office. Washington, DC. 222 pp. Donated to the Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. Library by Tim Kalina, 2008.

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AOPA Pilot magazine published a nice summary of Metro's history in the September, 2004 issue. The article described a new film being made about that history, and it mentions several of our Davis-Monthan pilots (Frank Hawks, Pancho Barnes, Bobbi Trout, Amelia Earhart and Wallace Beery. This link tells more about the film.

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LOS ANGELES AREA AIRPORTS

WORKING ON THIS, PLEASE HAVE PATIENCE

A MAJOR FOCUS FOR WEST COAST AVIATION

Los Angeles was a genuine hub of aviation activity during the Golden Age of Flight. Among the factors which focused aviation in Los Angeles were: the juxtaposition of aircraft manufacturers, the motion picture industry, a growing population wealthy enough to embrace aviation as a hobby or efficient means of business transportation, and good weather.

In the database that drives this website, there are over 1,000 visits to the Davis-Monthan Airfield that list the Los Angeles area as Homebase. When you choose one of those locations, either from Homebase, Arrived From or Destination menus, you will be linked to this page. I want to build this page to include all the small airports in the Los Angeles area during the Golden Age. If you have information or photographs that might help me do this, please use this FORM to communicate with me. Try this link to see some really great information and images of Los Angeles airports.

LOS ANGELES AREA AIRPORTS

The table below lists many of the Los Angeles area airports that were cited by pilots during the period of the Davis-Monthan Airfield register (1925-1936). Click the red links to see what I know.

Santa Barbara   Burnley Field, Pomona
Riverside Airport and March Field   Alhambra
Tri-City (San Bernardino)   Culver City
Catalina Island   Compton
San Gabriel   Santa Ana
Mines Field (now LAX)   Fullerton
LA Metropolitan ("Metro" now Van Nuys)   Glendale (Grand Central Air Terminal)
Burbank (now Bob Hope Airport)   Griffith Park
Clover Field (now Santa Monica Municipal)   Hollywood
Long Beach   Irvine

I'm looking for photographs and information on all the Los Angeles area airfields, including the ones tabulated above. Please use this FORM to share what you know.

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UPLOADED: 5/6/05 UPDATED 08/22/05, 12/04/09, 12/20/10

 
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LOS ANGELES DURING THE GOLDEN AGE OF AVIATION WAS MORE THAN JUST ONE AIRPORT

Davis-Monthan pilots arriving from or going to the Los Angeles area may have been traveling to one or more of several Golden Age airports in that area.

Mines Field (now LAX), LA Metro (now Van Nuys), Burbank (now Bob Hope Airport), Clover Field (now Santa Monica Municipal), Fullerton, Glendale, Griffith Park, Hollywood, Irvine, Long Beach, Santa Barbara, and Burnley Field were a few.

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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 a 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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