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Please invoke this link for a manuscript describing Standard Air Lines and some of its pilots (PDF download, 670KB).

Review the pages on this site for Paul Richter and Jack Frye for more information about Standard Air Lines.




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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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

Pilot John Martin, below, landed three times at Tucson flying Fokker F-10 transports. Because of its time in business, probably only one of his flights (on August 7, 1929) was for Standard Air Lines. Note well-used thumbtack damage at corners of the image. This image appears also on the back wall of the aviator's lounge at the Pioneer Hotel.

John Martin


Standing, below, left to right: Harold Kelsey, Harold B. "Hap" Russell, William Kingsley. Kneeling left to right: Donald Cornell, John Martin. Identification of Kelsey, Kingsley and Cornell made by comparison with known images of them. See this link at the bottom of the page.

Standard Air Lines Pilots, ca. late 1920s


Image, below, of Fokker Universal NC3317 over Los Angeles, date unknown. The Universal was an open-cockpit airplane.



Image, below, of Fokker Super Universal NC8011. Location and date unknown. The Super Universal was a closed-cockpit airplane.



Image, below, of Fokker Super Universal NC8011. Location (probably over Los Angeles) and date unknown.



Image, below, of Fokker Super Universal NC9724. Location and date unknown, but the breeze is in the pilot's faces. The pilots appear to be, left to right, John Martin, Hap Russell and William Kingsley (?). Note fuel bowser in right foreground. If you enlarge the nose of this airplane, you'll find that it was named, "Californian".



Image, below, of Fokker F-10A NC586K. This airplane landed twice at Tucson during the early 1930s, after it left Standard Air Lines livery. It was flown both times by Eddie Martin, John's brother.

Although there are two "passengers" visible in the rear windows, this is a posed shot, because the tail is on a dolly. The person standing at the running board is probably Hap Russell, speaking with an unidentified woman in the vehicle. The weather is probably warm, as the car's fresh air vents are open.



Image, below, of Fokker F-7A NC7888. It landed at Tucson four times during January 1929. Each time it was flown by Hap Russell. From the original image it is difficult to identify the people. However, I'm fairly certain that the gentleman on the far left is Paul Richter and 5th from left is Jack Frye. Both these men are officers of Standard Air Lines.

The design and lettering on this image suggest it may have been copy for a promotional postcard or advertisement. The original image is 6" x 10". Note the thumbtack holes. Coloration of this airplane is described on the airplane's page.

This airplane is the "Texan" of Standard Air Lines. This aircraft crashed in fog near Beaumont, CA two months to the day (3/30/29) after its last landing at Tucson, killing 3 passengers and the pilot.



THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 11/13/06 REVISED: 07/16/08

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