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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. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.

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This link leads you to a book that 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. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.

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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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NOGALES MUNICIPAL AIRFIELD, NOGALES, AZ

Nogales, AZ was a well-used destination by some Tucson pilots. Most of the time the Register was in effect, from 1925-1936, Prohibition was the law of the land. Nogales was a short distance from the U.S.-Mexico border where thirsty pilots could land, cross into Mexico and enjoy legally their favorite refreshing beverages. We trust the majority of them stayed in Nogales overnight and flew sober the next day.

The Nogales airport was an international airport of entry according to the 1937 Department of Commerce handbook cited in the left sidebar. Below is the text from that book which describes the Nogales airport for pilots. Note that it was a gravel surface.

Nogales Airport Description, 1938
Nogales Airport Description, 1938

Image, below, shows the airport in 1947. The source for this image is the San Diego Aerospace Museum Archives; used with permission.

Nogales Airport, 1947
Nogales Airport, 1947

The Nogales airport remains in the same location and about the same geometry as it was when Register pilots landed there. Below, an aerial photo taken over the nose of my airplane on approach from the northeast to the airport in September, 2002. The U.S. Mexico border is a couple of miles toward the left . For a contemporary aerial view of the airport, set your Google Earth coordinates to 31° 25' 04.15"N by 110° 50' 50.84".

Nogales Airport, September, 2002
Nogales Airport, September, 2002

Below, turning from the base to final approach to runway 21, Nogales. Route 82 winds into the distance. The runway was gravel during the time of the Register.

Final Approach, Nogales, Runway 21, September, 2002
Final Approach, Nogales, Runway 21, September, 2002

On the ground, the Nogales Terminal building on a sunny day, September, 2002.

Nogales Terminal building, September, 2002
Nogales Terminal building, September, 2002

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WHO LANDED AT NOGALES?

Seventeen Register pilots identified Nogales as their home base. Fifty-one arrived at Tucson from Nogales.

Forty-nine pilots (35 civilian, the rest military) identified Nogales as their destination.

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I'm looking for images of the Nogales airport more near to the time of the Register, 1925 to 1936. If you have some you'd like to share, please use this FORM to contact me.

 
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