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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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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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ROCHESTER, NY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

Rochester Airport at the time of our Registers was a major north-central New York air transport destination. It remains so at the upload date of this page as the Rochester International Airport. Although the contemporary airport is co-located at the same latitude and longitude as the old airport, things have changed.

Below, from this 1933 REFERENCE, is a view and description of the Rochester Municipal Airport. It had three cinder runways. American Airways is cited as a business resident.

Rochester Municipal Airport, 1933 (Source: Webmaster)
Rochester Municipal Airport, 1933 (Source: Webmaster)

Located 4 miles southwest of the City of Rochester, it had several buildings on the field. One of them had "ROCHESTER" painted on the roof. You can see that on the aerial photograph just below, circa 1934.

Rochester, NY Airport, Ca. 1934 (Source: Russell)
Rochester, NY Airport, Ca. 1934 (Source: Russell)

Note the two lines I drew at about the middle of this photograph. They represent the approximate angle of view of the next photograph, below. You can just see the corner of the foreground hangar in front of the smaller hangar. A new building is under construction in the background, seemingly built on the parking lot beyond the tower visible in the upper photo. None of the aircraft are identifiable in either picture.

Rochester, NY Airport, Ca. Mid-Late 1930s (Source: Russell)
Rochester, NY Airport, Ca. Mid-Late 1930s (Source: Russell)

Another, slightly earlier, photograph of the building under construction is below. Compare the white, rectangular building at right foreground with the same building, above.

Hangar Under Construction, Rochester, NY Airport, Ca. Mid-Late 1930s (Source: Russell)
Hangar Under Construction, Rochester, NY Airport, Ca. Mid-Late 1930s (Source: Russell)

Below, from this 1937 REFERENCE, is a description of the Rochester Municipal Airport. By 1937 it was designated as a temporary customs airport of entry, probably due to Canadian traffic. An extra cinder runway and paved extensions were added. Note, too, that this description states explicitly, "Airport under construction."

Rochester, NY Airport, 1937 (Source: Webmaster)

Below, from this 1938 REFERENCE, is an aerial photograph of the Rochester Municipal Airport.

Rochester, NY Airport, Circa 1938 (Source: Webmaster)

On Google Earth today, you can see the 1937 airport coordinates, 43° 07'N, 77° 40'W (at the map pin), lie on the Rochester International Airport ramp in front of the Rochester Flying Club building.

Rochester International Airport, December 12, 2013 (Source: Google Earth)
Rochester International Airport, December 12, 2013 (Source: Google Earth)
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Thanks to site visitor Joel Russell for sharing the photographs of Rochester Municipal Airport.

OTHER BOOKS FOR YOU

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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