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Please invoke this link for a manuscript describing Standard Air Lines and some of its pilots, including Hap Russell (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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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The Harold B. "Hap" Russell Photograph and Document Collection, consisting of 48 items, comes to us, literally, from that long-lost cardboard carton in the attic. Long story short, recent purchasers of the Hap Russell family home in California "found" the carton upstairs, recognized it as historically important, and contacted Mr. Ed Russell, Hap's son. The carton, about egg case-sized, was transferred promptly and carefully to its rightful and appreciative owner.

Your Webmaster with Ed Russell, October 2006

Ed Russell contacted me through this website (Google "Hap Russell" and is the number one hit as of the upload date of this page).

I visited with Ed during October 2006. Image, left, Your Webmaster with Ed Russell (R). He was kind enough to let me scan the images embracing his father's career in aviation, with special relevance to his activities at the Davis-Monthan Airfield. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for letting us look in on this wonderful collection of images, documents and memorabilia representing his father's career.

And what a career it was! From barnstorming on the west coast during the 1920s, to Chief Pilot for the new and short-lived Standard Air Lines in 1929, to a 35-year career with American Airlines, Hap Russell flew consistently from Jennies to Jets.

An especially significant and poignant finding in the carton was the presence of a small wooden box. Imagine opening a small, hinged box to discover precious artifacts kept hidden for decades. Significant only to a veteran pilot of the line, inscrutable to others, we present the contents at the link "BOX CONTENTS", below.

The Harold B. "Hap" Russell Photograph and Document Collection contains 48 items. I have divided them into reasonable categories to make the collection easier to implement online, and to make it easier for site visitors to work through the material. Unless otherwise noted, the images were scanned at 200dpi. Please note also: except as noted, other than cropping, sizing and optimizing the images for web display, they are unretouched in any way. We should all be grateful to Ed Russell for allowing us to visit with his father's images taken mostly during the key years of the Golden Age.


HAP RUSSELL IMAGES -- Presents nine images of Hap Russell at various times in his flying career, ca. 1920-1940.

AMERICAN AIRLINES IMAGES -- Presents nine images of Hap Russell and other entities relevant to his activities with American Airways and American Airlines. Included are two images of Russell's American Airlines hat, which shouldn't be missed for their insight into this prolific Golden Age pilot.

STANDARD AIRLINES IMAGES Presents eight images of Standard Air Lines pilots and aircraft.

BOX CONTENTS Presents 22 images of people, airplanes and artifacts and four PDF downloads of news articles contained in a small wooden box.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 11/13/06 REVISED: 01/19/07
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Hap Russell, ca. 1929
Hap Russell


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