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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, 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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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Image Grouping ID: Thaddeus V. Foster Images

T.V. Foster was a frequent visitor to the Davis-Monthan Airfield. He landed and signed the Register at least 35 times between 1928 and 1931. He was good friends with Airfield Manager Cosgrove, and he had a great sense of humor.

The image below, taken in front of the Hidalgo Grill at Lordsburg, NM, is a classic pose by a contemporary Army Air Corps officer. Note his boots, jodhpurs and button leather jacket (Type A-1). It is hard to believe that this tall and impressive officer signed the Register with such tiny and barely decipherable handwriting.

Thaddeus V. Foster at Lordsburg, NM
T.V. Foster


In the image below, Foster is seen ca. 1929, replete with parachute, helmet and goggles, and much to the amusement of the mechanic in the background, riding a donkey. The story goes that this image was posed as a jibe at Burt Cosgrove.

It seems that Cosgrove holds the record for the lowest altitude parachute drop. During taxi with Foster, Cosgrove was in the gunner's seat. Foster hit the throttle before Cosgrove was strapped in. His D-ring caught on the gun mount, thus opening his 'chute. Cosgrove was dragged out of the airplane by the open parachute in the prop wash and hit the runway. He was harassed and accused of denting the runway.

The donkey pose with the parachute is Foster's way of suggesting to Cosgrove that airplanes were too dangerous for him, and that riding the donkey (with ears deployed in airfoil fashion, as demonstrated) would avoid any future accidents!

T.V. Foster


The image below shows Foster, left, with a Major Hensley. It is highly probable that this picture was taken on August 27, 1928. On that date, Foster arrived with Hensley at the Airfield at 11:00AM in 28-147, an aircraft he identified as an "O-28".

Foster and Major Hensley
Foster (L) & Hensley


Below we find Foster standing by a Douglas aircraft. Tantalizingly we see the first three numbers of the registration. There were two aircraft that Foster flew to Tucson with those first three numerals: 28-147 and 28-165. 28-147 was the one he landed with carrying Hensley, above, in 1928.

28-165 was identified as a Douglas O-2H. Can we tell which airplane is he standing next to? Yes, note the stenciling in front of his right knee. The last several numerals are "7-28-30", a date that some maintenance was performed like painting or fabric re-cover. He landed with 28-165 twice, in January and February 1931. This is the airplane.

Note the 8th Corps insignia on the airplane and on his left sleeve.

T.V. Foster
T.V. Foster

The online Social Security Index lists the birth and death dates of only one Thaddeus Foster. They are August 5, 1914 and November, 1963. Given that his first landing at Tucson was recorded in 1928, precludes our T.V. Foster being that person.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 01/04/07 REVISED: 01/11/07

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