C.B. Cosgrove, Jr.

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Burt Cosgrove was the manager of the Davis-Monthan Airfield from 1928 to 1932. As well, he was a pilot and airplane owner, and a competent amateur photographer. This collection of images comes from his Leica camera that he kept handy at the Airfield during his tenure.

The Cornelius Burton Cosgrove, Jr. Collection is important to understanding the role the Davis-Monthan Airfield played in civil, commercial and military aviation during the Golden Age. It gives us almost a day-to-day "movie" of the comings and goings of the people and airplanes of the era. It provides significant insight into the humanity and pioneering spirit of the people who give us the art and science of aviation here in the 21st century.

The images of the Collection are presented without touch up or modification, except for squaring margins, sizing and optimizing for web download. Unless otherwise indicated, they were scanned at 200dpi, using a Hewlett-Packard 4370 scanner.

Where some images may have interesting details viewed better at higher resolution, the scans were made at a higher dpi (300-1200dpi depending on details). These higher-resolution images are made available as PDF files, downloadable ad lib, so as not to slow display rates for the main pages.

The images are displayed without much technical commentary. Rather, the links will take you to further information, where available.

Take time to examine these important records of the Golden Age of Aviation. Enjoy everything!



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, while supplies last.


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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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, while supplies last.


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.  Available as a free download at the link.


Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race is available at the link. 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.


Clover Field: The First Century of Aviation in the Golden State. With the 100th anniversary in 2017 of the use of Clover Field as a place to land aircraft in Santa Monica, this book celebrates that use by exploring some of the people and aircraft that made the airport great.



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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
Martin Jensen, 1926

Below, Jensen and his wife standing next to the specially-modified Ryan.

Mr. & Mrs. Martin Jensen
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
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
Jensen & Ryan

Below, an excellent wide shot of Jensen and his modified, Leo-carrying Ryan.

Martin Jensen & MGM Lion Ryan
Jensen & Leo

Below, closeup of Jensen and Leo in full mane

Jensen & Leo
Jensen & Leo


The following 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
Lindbergh & Three Others

Image, below, of Lindbergh on the ground at Tucson. He is surrounded by unidentified notables. Does anyone know who they are?

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
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
Lindbergh Departing Tucson

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


Air Mail Cachets, Rear
Air Mail Cachets


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
C.B. Cosgrove, Jr. & Jack Laass


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
Lordsburg, NM Airport Dedication


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 NC5443.

M.C. "Bob" Loutt
M.C. "Bob" Loutt, In White


UPLOADED: 01/13/07 REVISED: 09/25/07

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C.B. Cosgrove, III at 5555 Zuni Rd., SE, Suite 206, Albuquerque, NM 87106

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