This group shows 14 images of people, activities and airplanes
related to the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register.
Image, below, shows Martin Jensen in 1926. Jensen did not
sign the Davis-Monthan Register, but his flamboyance during
the Golden Age (flying a specially-modified Ryan aircraft
with "Leo" the MGM lion on board) makes him of
special interest. See this link for more.
Martin Jensen in 1926
Below, Jensen and his wife standing next to the specially-modified
Mr. & Mrs. Martin Jensen
Below, Jensen and his lion-carrying Ryan airplane. The landing
gear shock cord geometry can be seen clearly just behind
Jensen, with flare tubes mounted directly in front of the
shock cords (you can see lower tip of the port tube just
in front of Jensen's left knee). This is a publicity shot
taken before the airplane was completely finished, that's
why the shock cords are unfaired.
Jensen & Ryan
Below, Jensen and B.F. Mahoney discuss an itinerary.
The lion's cage built into the airplane is behind them.
Jensen, Mahoney & Ryan
Below, an excellent wide shot of Jensen and his modified,
Martin Jensen & MGM Lion Ryan
Below, closeup of Jensen and Leo in full mane
Jensen & Leo
image shows Charles
Lindbergh on the ground with (L to R)
Donald Hall, designer of the "Spirit of St. Louis", H.A.
Edwards, Lindbergh and a Col. Graham probably on the morning
of his departure to Tucson from San Diego on September 23,
1927. Note the propeller is turning.
Donald Hall, H.A. Edwards, C.A. Lindbergh, Col. Graham
Image, below, of Lindbergh on the ground at Tucson. He is
surrounded by unidentified notables. Does anyone know who
I left the vignette effect on the image; it is
just as it is in Col. Cosgrove's album. In the background
is a model of the "Spirit of St. Louis" fabricated from ocatillo
cactus. The date of this image would either be the afternoon
of September 23 or the early morning of September 24, 1927.
Lindbergh carries his helmet and goggles in his right hand.
Lindbergh at Tucson
Image, below, shows Lindbergh departing Tucson to the north
on September 24, 1927 with the morning sun on the starboard
fuselage of NX-211,
the "Spirit of St. Louis". This image, and the
one below, were taken contemporaneously with the motion picture
footage available here.
Lindbergh Departing Tucson 9/24/1927
The following two views show the front and back sides of
air mail cachets carried between Key West, FL and Havana,
Cuba by Lindbergh, dated February 8, 1928.
Air Mail Cachets, Front
Air Mail Cachets, Rear
Image, below, of C.B. Cosgrove (L) and Jack Laass. The image
caption reads, "C.B.C., Jr. Jack Laass Spring of 1927, San
Diego, Calif." The airplane is NC2341, a Ryan Coupe, which
was flown on 10/23/1927 from San Diego to Tucson by Jack
Laass with Burt Cosgrove as passenger. The bandage on Cosgrove's
forehead is from a crank that kicked back when he was attempting
to start an automobile. Note the weight holding down the
tail of the airplane.
C.B. Cosgrove, Jr. & Jack Laass, 1927
The caption on the image below reads, "Judge Willard Holt,
Mid-late 1931, Lordsburg Airport dedication". But, see this image for what might be a date discrepancy. Charles Lindbergh "dedicated" the airport in 1927 during his U.S. tour. Regardless, Jean
LaRene is third from left. Can anyone identify any of the others?
Lordsburg, NM Airport Dedication, 1931
Below, M.C. "Bob" Loutt, in white. Loutt landed
at Tucson four times during 1928-29. His airplane identifies
him as pilot under the coaming. He was employed at Kendall
Oil at the time. The airplane
does not look like any of the variations of the Curtiss airplanes
with Challenger engines. Loutt landed at Tucson in Challenger
M.C. "Bob" Loutt
UPLOADED: 01/13/07 REVISED: 09/25/07