SITE DEDICATION & CREDITS
Since I started this project mid-2000, a BIG CROWD of
people contributed to the effort in countless ways including
interviews, letting me look at and photograph their airplanes
in various states of disassembly and restoration, providing
references, kibitzing, sharing data and images, helping with
software problems, providing places to stay and something
to eat around the country, and by absorbing my incessant monologues
about what I think is one of the most interesting projects
I have ever worked on.
I confer primary gratitude, and dedicate this Web site, to
the three signers of the register I have met in person. Thanks
to Bobbi Trout for sharing her personal memories of the women
pilots of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. Sadly, Bobbi's
wings folded on January 24, 2003 and we lost the last female
signer of the Register. And thanks to Bill
Piper, Jr. (flew West August 24, 2007, age 95) and
to John Miller (flew West June 23, 2008, age 102) for welcoming and entertaining me, and for
suffering through my questions about their cross-country adventures
so long ago. It becomes apparent while speaking to these pioneers
that, each time over the years we lose one, it is like having
an entire library burn to the ground.
with Bobbi Trout
Cheryl Baker photo
With Bill Piper
Beth Piper photo
With John Miller
D.F. Hyatt photo
The personnel of the present Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
deserve special recognition for their warm hospitality and
for being continuing sources of information and inspiration.
I'm especially grateful to them for allowing me to actually
hold and peek into the original register, and for allowing
me to visit the site of the original airfield on Air Force
Base property, and for sharing with me the register page images
and other information I make available to you on this Web site.
Warm thanks to staff of the Arizona Historical Society in
Tucson. Photo, left, of DMAFB and Arizona Historical Society
personnel taken in front of the 1932 terminal building on
the site of the old Davis-Monthan Airfield.
Many thanks to the curators and staff at the archives of
the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, DC, and to the Home Office and Southwest Section
of the International Ninety-Nines. The Home Office hosted
me at their archives in Oklahoma City in order to research
the female pilots of the register, and the Southwest Section
invited me to attend their regional conference in Tucson in
2002. I'm especially grateful to all the current owners and
restorers of Davis-Monthan register aircraft who hosted me
at their offices, homes, hangars and workshops. These individuals
are credited in the article available here EAA
Female Pilot Article (a 1,384 KB PDF file).
S. Hudgins photo
Special thanks to the staff of The
Web Professional, Inc., right, of Naples, FL. Their
skills at site design and database functionality with
Web integration make this Web site operate in a much more
sophisticated way than if I had tackled development and
implementation alone. Left to right, Shell Lanius, Your Webmaster (holding his copy of the Davis-Monthan Register) and Kelly Newberry, President.
I'm particularly indebted to my good friend Suzette DeGuzman for lending her consummate Microsoft Access database skills and brainpower to the project. Dmairfield.org works reliably and efficiently because of her initial help with the Access database that drives the site. She has been a cheerful and patient contributor. Please also see the FRIENDS page.
Finally, I thank all the people and organizations whose images
and Web pages I have referenced. They are used, wherever possible,
with citations giving credit to the source. If you are browsing
this site and find an image
or a Web site you don't want cited, please let me know via
CONTACT US and I'll change them
immediately. We can easily remedy any concern you might have
by removing or crediting in a way amenable to you, preferably
As always, contact is welcome from others interested in
Golden Age flight, which may add insight to the early Davis-Monthan
Airfield, its pilots and their aircraft, and to their history.
Please use (CONTACT US). Here's
a brief biography
of Your Webmaster.