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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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



C.W. Gilpin is cited on pp. 125 & 203 in Ruth M. Reinhold's 1982 book entitled, "Sky Pioneering: Arizona in Aviation History" (University of Arizona Press, Tucson. ISBN 0-8165-0737-6). Refer to pages 125 and 203 et seq. for information about Mr. Gilpin.




























Insignia of the 12th Observation Squadron from this link

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One destination of Gilpin Airline was Agua Caliente, Mexico. During the Golden Age there was a popular resort there that was frequented by Hollywood elite and other well-heeled travelers. Gilpin transported them there and back quickly and safely from Los Angeles and San Diego. The Agua Caliente resort, as the name implies, featured pools fed by natural hot springs. Below, a view of the opulent pool facade.

This is a high-resolution image and many details are revealed under a 10X loupe. Most of the people are in finery: hats, dresses, jackets, neckties. The couple on the far right is sitting and enjoying what appears to be an early cocktail. Recall that Prohibition was the law in the United States, and Agua Caliente was a place where parched Americans could go to enjoy liquor openly.

The Agua Caliente Swimming Pool, Circa 1930
The Agua Caliente Swimming Pool, Circa 1930

One interesting detail is what appears to be a small lump near the curb in the foreground just in front of the man walking. This is a young boy lying face down contemplating the mysteries of the gutter. The adults are milling about, not paying any attention to him. Some things change; some things remain the same.

Below, Gilpin's handwriting on the back of the photograph.

The Agua Caliente Swimming Pool, Circa 1930, Back
The Agua Caliente Swimming Pool, Circa 1930, Back

Among the Gilpin Collection are the following two souvenir Christmas menus from Ft. Bliss, Texas, 12th Observation Squadron (see their insignia, left). These original documents, bound in ribbons, seem to be out of place, because Gilpin was not in the military. However, if you download the PDF file (1.14MB) of this 1922 menu and examine the list of people present, you'll find a few Register pilots.

Among them are Claire Chennault (as a 1st Lieutenant), Harvey Prosser, Fred O. Tyler and Fred I. Pierce. Staff Sergeant Dewey Simpson is also listed. I mention him not because he is a Register pilot, but because he was assigned as the military liaison based at the Davis-Monthan Airfield during the late 1920s and early 1930s. He is pictured among the Cosgrove Collection.

Christmas Menu, 1922
Christmas Menu, 1922

Likewise, below the souvenir menu for 1924. Download this menu (PDF 740KB) you will find Register pilots who are listed include Charles Douglas, Ray H. Clark, Fred O. Tyler and Fred I. Pierce. Leonard D. Weddington was commander of the First Photo Section. Some of the non-commissioned officers and enlisted men show up as passengers with some of the pilots. The head shots of personnel on the cover add a surrealistic dimension to this Holiday item. Rest assured some of the images are of Register signers. Does anyone recognize any of the people? Please be cautioned that this document is difficult to read because of the printing technology used (some ink bleeding has blurred the text).

Christmas Menu, 1924
Christmas Menu, 1924



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Thanks to Clarence B. Gilpin, nephew of C.W. Gilpin, and his family for sharing with us this Collection of images and documents.
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