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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.

---o0o--- Congress of Ghosts is an anniversary celebration for 2010.  It is an historical biography, that celebrates the 5th year online of 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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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: Hunter Brothers

The four Hunter brothers, Albert, John, Kenneth ("Beans") and Walter, visited the Davis-Monthan Airfield on July 20, 1930. They had completed at Chicago a record air-to-air refueled endurance record on July 4th of 553 hours, 41 minutes, 30 seconds (that's 23 DAYS aloft!). They landed with both of the aircraft pictured below: NR5326 "Big Ben" and NR5189 "City of Chicago". Both are Stinson Detroiters, described in more detail at the links. The "City of Chicago" is orange and blue.

Hunter Brothers During Aerial Refueling

The New York Times of July 5th reported broadly of their endurance accomplishment. According to my conversation with Herschel Hunter, son of Albert, Kenneth and John were the endurance plane pilots and Walter and Albert did the refueling from "Big Ben". Image below shows Albert in the right seat of "The City of Chicago".

John On the Ground at Tucson in NR5189, "City of Chicago"
At Tucson

Coincidentally, and underhandedly as it turns out, Dale Jackson and Forest OBrine, on July 21, 1930, set a new mark of 647 hours and 28 minutes eclipsing the still fresh Hunter record. Assuming they knew Jackson and O'Brine were already in the air longer than they had been, this might explain the relatively glum expressions on the brothers' faces as they posed in Tucson on the 20th. However, see this download for an article that appeared about a year later in the June 11, 1931 Cleveland Plain Dealer (shared by site visitor Robert Hayes). It clarifies that Jackson and O'Brine's record was disqualified because they actually landed during one night and affected repairs on their airplane. Although the news article is hard to read, please refer to the typed transcription in the last two pages of the download.

On the Ground at Tucson: L-R Walter, John, Kenneth, Albert
On the Ground at Tucson


On the Ground at Tucson: L-R Albert, Kenneth, John, Walter

Note the catwalk and handholds on the nose of the "City of Chicago" used for in-air maintenance during the endurance flight.


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