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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 here.

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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 162 of that book.

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Another is: 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. Pages 130-139 specifically describe New York airfields. This book was donated in 2007 to Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. by Tim Kalina. Note to pilots: This book is similar to the contemporary AFD.

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This link provides information and images about Floyd Bennett Field through its life. The images on this page provide close-up views of some of the buildings in the image at center. This airfield still exists in operational form and is used occasionally for fly-ins, and for police helicopters.

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This link has fewer images, but contains more information about Floyd Bennett.

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This link has several different pages, all devoted to Floyd Bennett Field. There are many photographs, and a timeline outlining the record flights originating or terminating at the airfield through the years.

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This link has several different photos of activities at the airfield.

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This link holds photos of the contemporary environs of the airfield.

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FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, BROOKLYN, NY

FIVE PAGES OF THE REGISTER OF THE FLOYD BENNETT FIELD ARE EXHIBITED AT THE LINK

This famous Golden Age airfield was named in honor of Register pilot Floyd Bennett. Please direct your browser to his link to see why. This airfield was significant, because it became New York’s first municipal airport.

Below, Floyd Bennett Field from the 1933 reference in the left sidebar. This photo is identified as having been taken by Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Inc. A couple of Register airplanes and at least one pilot were affiliated with Fairchild Aerial Surveys. See, for example, Elrey Jeppesen, NR8016 here and here, and NC9174.

Floyd Bennett Field, Ca. 1933
Floyd Bennett Field, Ca. 1933

The description associated with this photograph states that all buildings were outlined with neon tube corner markers, and that the wind T, standard circle, and roof lettering were all illuminated. This must have been a stunning airfield to approach at night.

Further, it states there are two runways, as shown. Note the difference four years later (below) when there was a total of four runways. There was a telephone on the field number Nightingale 4-3600. Weather reports were available at the field as well.

Taxi cabs ran into Manahattan, as did buses at fifteen minute intervals. There was a restaurant at the field. Fuel, oil and repair facilities were available 24/7. There was no fee for landing or for flood lighting. Aircraft could be stored for $2.00 per day and up, depending on size, or $30 per month.

A U.S. Naval Reserve Base was at the field, as were Erickson & Remmert, hangar operators, and the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Co., Inc., an aeronautical parts and equipment supplier. You may download their 1931 catalog at the link (PDF 15Mb big, but worth it).

Below, the description of Floyd Bennett Field from the 1937 Department of Commerce directory cited in the left sidebar.

Description of Floyd Bennett Field, 1937
Description of Floyd Bennett Field, 1937

The links in the left sidebar are rich with additional information and photographs.

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THE REGISTER OF FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, February 19, 1933 to June 20, 1935

THE SECTION BELOW UNDER DEVELOPMENT AS OF DECEMBER, 2016

We have five pages of the Register of Floyd Bennett Field to work with. These are the only pages known to exist (so far). Rather than open a separate Web site for these pages, I've chosen to present the information below as images, supplemented by hyperlink tables for each page. Importantly, these Register pages were shared with us courtesy of the Cradle of Aviation Museum, (COA) Garden City, NY. Many thanks for the staff there who made this happen.

IMAGES The images are self-explanatory and, as with all the other Registers of the Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. project, these pages represent the raw data from which we research and develop biographical and technographical information for the people and aircraft signed on them. The original paper had darkened with age, so I pushed the contrast and color variables in PhotoShop to improve readability.

TABLES The tables map to each page one-to-one. They serve as your takeoff point for additional information about the people and aircraft. Just click the links.

NOTE Unlike the other Registers, there is no database behind these Register pages to organize and deliver information to you. This page is the only source of links to the listed Register entities. So bookmark this page and return periodically. The hyperlinks from the tables will increase in number as the entities are researched and added. I'm looking for information and photographs of all the entities on these pages. If you can help, please let me KNOW.

IF YOU KNOW THE LOCATION OF ANY MORE FLOYD BENNETT FIELD REGISTER PAGES, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

THE REGISTER OF FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, PAGE 1 (Source: COA)

If you want to study this page a little more closely, you can download a PDF image of page one of the Floyd Bennett Field Register at the link. All the entries were made between February 19, 1933 and May 6, 1933. All the months are represented, but there are significant gaps between dates.

DeSoto, 1932 Four-door Sedan (Source: Web Commons)
DeSoto, 1932 Four-door Sedan (Source: Web Commons)

Three of the pilots on this page, Post, Mattern and Hawks, were signers of other Registers as well. In the case of Hawks, it appears he arrived at the Field by automobile (DeSoto) and spoofed the Register by stating that his craft had, "all-metal non collapsable wings." His home base and destination were equally as made-up. His "craft" might have looked like the one at left.

You'll find other obvious spoofs on some other pages below. While amusing, most of them give little insight into aviation history.

Sanford Leland Willits was an inspector with the Department of Commerce and showed up as a passenger once with pilot Lee Willey.

PILOTS AND AIRCRAFT SIGNED IN THE FLOYD BENNETT FIELD REGISTER, PAGE 1
No.

Last Name, First Name

Aircraft Make & Registration Number

Date

1 Post, Wiley Lockheed NC105W February 19, 1933
2 Kelly, James Nelson Sikorsky NC51V March 4, 1933
3 Turner, H.E. Lockheed NC105W March 4, 1933
4 Munkittrick, Robert J. OTU-2 March 24, 1933
5 Harwood, Oren Perry Monocoupe 110 NS42 April 1, 1933
6 Post, Wiley Lockheed NC105W  
7 Willits, Sanford Leland Monocoach 275 NS22 April 8, 1933
8 Boudwin, Joseph Monocoach 275 NS22 April 8, 1933
9 Moran, J.L. Travel Air NS1A April 8, 1933
10 Cummings, C.M. Douglas April 10,1933
11 Savage, Charles M. Douglas O38 April 10, 1933
12 Mattern, Jimmie Lockheed (NR869E) April 22, 1933
13 Clark, Jack Lockheed (NR869E) April 22, 1933
14 Jameson, H.B. Lockheed (NR869E) April 22, 1933
15 White, W.W. Lockheed NC8495 April 28, 1933
16 Hawks, Frank DeSoto UGLX  
17 Skocdopole, Erwin F. Hammond NC12841 April 6, 1933
18 Harmond, Dean Pass. With Skocdopole May 7, 1933
19 Darius, Steponas Bellanca NR688E May 7, 1933
20 Girenas, Stasys Bellanca NR688E May 7, 1933
21 de Pinedo, Francesco Bellanca NC13199 May 23, 1933
22 Codos, Paul Bleriot F-ALCC May 6, 1933
23 Rossi, Maurice Bleriot F-ALCC May 6, 1933
25 Bruno, Harry    
25 Girenas, Stasys    
26 Darius, Steponas    

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THE REGISTER OF FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, PAGE 2 (Source: COA)
THE REGISTER OF FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, PAGE 2 (Source: COA)

If you want to study this page a little more closely, you can download a PDF image of page two of the Floyd Bennett Field Register at the link. Unfortunately there were no dates associated with any of the entries on page two. There are, however, some significant people and airplanes logged on page two.

 

PILOTS AND AIRCRAFT SIGNED IN THE FLOYD BENNETT FIELD REGISTER, PAGE 2
No.

Last Name, First Name

Aircraft Make & Registration Number

Date

27 Rossi, Maurice Bleriot F-ALCC  
28 Codos, Paul Bleriot F-ALCC  
29 Unreadable, Joe (Nikrent?)    
30 Schavoir, Fred H.    
31 Burgin, Emil H. Bellanca NR797W  
32 Post, Wiley Lockheed NC105W  
33 Patterson, A.L. Ryan B1 NR145  
34 Bouduin, Joseph Fairchild (?) NR23  
35 Keeley, Roy Bellanca NS3  
36 Feynson, G.F.    
37 Junkeman, W.J.    
38 Clayton, Henry    
39 Jackson, R.    
40 Remig, Lil    
41 Pike, G.M. Curtiss O-1E  
42 Tate, Jerome    
43 Kitchen, H.A.    
44 Unreadable Laird NC4923  
45 Taylor, Sloan Ford  
46 Lee, M.K.    
47 Unreadable    
48 Loesing, Jack Fairchild NC997H  
49 O'Meara, Jack    
51 Kerwood Penguin (Trainer NC11596?)  
51 Cobb, George    
52 Lopez, Tony    

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THE REGISTER OF FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, PAGE 3 (Source: COA)
THE REGISTER OF FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, PAGE 3 (Source: COA)

If you want to study this page a little more closely, you can download a PDF image of page three of the Floyd Bennett Field Register at the link. Again, unfortunately, there were no dates associated with any of the entries on page three.

 

PILOTS AND AIRCRAFT SIGNED IN THE FLOYD BENNETT FIELD REGISTER, PAGE 3
No.

Last Name, First Name

Aircraft Make & Registration Number

Date

53 Galloway, R.W. Ford NC7864  
54 Hawks, Frank Northrop NR12265  
55 Cleveland, Bill Sikorsky NC809W  
56 Willits, S.L. Monocoach NS22  
57 Harwood, O. Monocoupe NS42  
58 Levy, Low Kellett Autogiro NC11685  
59 Weston, J Great Lakes NC859K  
60 Gerehise, John F32  
61 Peckinpaugh, George R. Douglas M-3 (?) NC1001  
62 Warren, Jack Waco GXE NC3993  
63 Smithy Nicholas-Beazley  
64 Shaughnessy, J.    
65 Flynn, Frank S.    
66 McAllister, Lt. Y1B7  
67 Kinsey, A. Ward Y1B7  
68 Earhart, Amelia    
69 Thaw, Russell W. Gee Bee NR2101  
70 Gehlbach, Lee Wedell-Williams NR247V  
71 Nichols, Ruth (NC988Y ) Lockheed Orion  
72 McDaniel, A.B. Martin XB-10  
73 Umstead, S.M. Lockheed Altair  
74 Mustoe, A. Ford C-9  
75 Price, J.H. Ford C-9  
76 Lee, Thomas    

Although undated, the appearance of Thaw, Gehlbach and Nichols could be associated with the 1933 Bendix Race.

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THE REGISTER OF FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, PAGE 4 (Source: COA)
THE REGISTER OF FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, PAGE 4 (Source: COA)

If you want to study this page a little more closely, you can download a PDF image of page four of the Floyd Bennett Field Register at the link.

 

PILOTS AND AIRCRAFT SIGNED IN THE FLOYD BENNETT FIELD REGISTER, PAGE 4
No.

Last Name, First Name

Aircraft Make & Registration Number

Date

77 Chambers, Reed   August 3, 1933
78 Oppenheim, L.I. Lt. Keystone B-6A August 10, 1933
79 Cain, Louis J. Lt. O-38B August 10, 1933
80 Kitchens, C.W. Lt. Keystone B-6A August 10, 1933
81 Simons, R.W. Lt. Keystone B-6A August 10, 1933
82 McAlister, J.L. Lt. Keystone B-6A August 10, 1933
83 Rohl, E.A. Lt. Keystone B-6A August 10, 1933
84 Choate, R.E.L. Keystone B-6A August 10, 1933
85 Theisen, C.F. Lt. O-38B August 10, 1933
86 Cousland, O-38F August 10, 1933
87 Harbold, N.B. O-38B August 10, 1933
88 Hutchinson, R.C. Keystone B-6A August 10, 1933
89 Allen, K.N. Keystone B-6A August 10, 1933
90 Hornsby, A. Capt. O-38F August 10, 1933
91 Koenig, T.J. Capt. O-38B August 10, 1933
92 Yeager, Hobart R. O-38F August 10, 1933
93 Duncan, A.N. O-38B August 10, 1933
94 Cummings, Shorty O-38B August 10, 1933
95 Smart, J.H. Boeing 247 NC13309 August 19, 1933
96 Letson, L.D. Boeing 247 NC13329 August 19, 1933
97 Craig, J.Y. Boeing 247 NC13329 August 19, 1933
98 Sterling, M. Boeing 247 NC13329 August 19, 1933
99 Schaaf, E.F. Fleet NC8623 August 20, 1933
100 Robbins, R.   August 20, 1933
101 Gentry, Viola & Sansome, Mary Curtiss Thrush NR October 26, 1933

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THE REGISTER OF FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, PAGE 5 (Source: COA)
THE REGISTER OF FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, PAGE 5 (Source: COA)

If you want to study this page a little more closely, you can download a PDF image of page five of the Floyd Bennett Field Register at the link.

 

PILOTS AND AIRCRAFT SIGNED IN THE FLOYD BENNETT FIELD REGISTER, PAGE 5
No.

Last Name, First Name

Aircraft Make & Registration Number

Date

102 Turner, Roscoe NR61Y Ring Free Special September 25, 1933
103 Pangborn, Clyde    
104 Wedell, J.R. NR278V Wedell-Williams November 10, 1933
105 Boyd J.E. Bellanca NR237  
106 Hiday, Bob Hell Diver March 21, 1934
107 Tomlinson, Tommy Douglas DC-1 NC223Y March 21, 1934
108 Tomlinson, W.B. O2C-1 March 21, 1934
109 Spoof   March 21, 1934
110 Spoof   August 20, 1934
111 Spoof   August 20, 1934
112 Spoof   August 20, 1934
113 Spoof   August 20, 1934
114 Spoof   August 20, 1934
115 Pike, S.S. DH Moth NC133M  
116 Moore, Sam NC1363R(0) Thompson Balloon August 20, 1934
117 Kerwood, Chuck   August 20, 1934
118 Spoof    
119 Spoof    
120 Unreadable, Joe (Nikrent?)    
121 Spoof    
122 Spoof    
123 Waitkus, Felix Lockheed NR926Y May 24, 1935
124 deMonteverde, George Bellanca C-?  
125 deMonteverde, Alfred Bellanca C-? June 20, 1935

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Like I said above, we have (so far) only these five pages known to exist of the Register of Floyd Bennett Field. That there were more is certain, because the following image, from an article that appeared in the December, 1938 issue of Popular Aviation (PA), page 13, shows a segment of a Floyd Bennett Field Register page dated July 15-18, 1938. Notice the difference in masthead compared to the sheets above. This makes it clear there was more than one book or more than one set of blank Register sheets. The categories of information are different also.

Popular Aviation, December, 1938 (Source: PA)

This PA article featured the flight of Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, whose signature is visible on July 17, 1938, above. The article began on page ten at the link. So I say again...

IF YOU KNOW THE LOCATION OF ANY MORE FLOYD BENNETT FIELD REGISTER PAGES, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

MORE ABOUT THE REGISTER Below is the cover of the book. It is a simple, leather-bound, loose-leaf document with two holes with screws through the holes.

THE REGISTER OF FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, COVER (Source: COA)
THE REGISTER OF FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, COVER (Source: COA)

Below is the view as you open the book. There is no frontispiece. Rather the book begins with the first page exhibited above. I've presented this image length-wise for better visibility. Four other signature pages followed this one.

THE REGISTER OF FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, INSIDE COVER (Source: COA)
THE REGISTER OF FLOYD BENNETT FIELD, INSIDE COVER (Source: COA)

I'm looking for information and photographs of all the entities on these pages. If you can help, please let me KNOW.

IF YOU KNOW THE LOCATION OF ANY MORE FLOYD BENNETT FIELD REGISTER PAGES, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

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