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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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.

---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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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, or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.  ISBN 978-0-9843074-4-9.


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.  Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-1-8.


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FOKKER C-2 26-204

This airplane is a Fokker C-2. According to Joe Baugher's site, 26-202 through 204 were Fokker-Atlantic ships, meaning they were manufactured in the United States under license from Fokker. As an interesting aside, a sister ship, 26-202, made the first trans-Pacific flight from Oakland, CA to Honolulu, T.H. flown by Register pilots Lester Maitland and Albert Hegenberger.

Below, a photograph of 26-204 at Teterboro, NJ, date unknown. The photo is from the Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) link, a useful resource for thousands of vintage photographs of aircraft. Note the herring bone pattern just above the port wheel. The pattern shows the installation of numerous rubber shock-absorber bungees.These bungees are normally covered by a faring, suggesting this is a photograph of the airplane when it was new, with finishing touches, like fairings, still to be completed. The number "26-204" can be read just forward and below the horizontal stabilizer. Note also the exhaust pipes and flared horns of the outboard engines that arch over the wings.

Fokker C-2 26-204, Teterboro, NJ, Date Unknown (Source: EAFB via Bybee)
Fokker C-2 26-204, Teterboro, NJ, Date Unknown (Source: EAFB via Bybee)


Sunday Oregonian, Portland, OR, May 27, 1928 (Source: Woodling)
Sunday Oregonian, Portland, OR, May 27, 1928 (Source: Woodling)


26-204 landed at Tucson twice, on Friday, May 25, 1928 at 12:15PM, and on Monday, September 17, 1928 12:30PM. The first landing was made by Peter E. Skanse. He carried seven passengers, each of whom he listed in the Register. They were Ray Collins, Carl H. Keller, Frank Bogart, Hugh White, John C. Carden, Ray Cooper and James Piersol. They were based at Washington, DC, arrived at Tucson from El Paso, TX and departed for Phoenix, AZ at 1:20PM. Piersol, a pilot in his own right who landed once at Tucson as pilot in command, was the aviation editor for the Detroit News. The reason for the airplane's flight through Tucson is described in the article at left. Please direct your browser to Skanse's link to learn more about its trip and the people who flew with it.

The second landing was flown by Lt. Harry A. Dinger. He carried four passengers listed as the Honorable W. Frank James, Member of Congress, Major T.W. Hammond, Staff Sgt. Paul Ritter and a Private L'Esperance. Based at Washington, DC, they arrived eastbound from San Diego, CA. They remained overnight, departing the next morning at 6:00AM for Washington.

This article reported in the Bureau of Aerounautics Newsletter states, "Congressman W. Frank James of Michigan, Acting Chairman of the House Military Affairs Committee, who arrived at Rockwell Field Thursday afternoon in a three-engined Fokker monoplane on an air tour of the military posts, visited the Station Friday afternoon 26 August. He was accompanied by Major H.B. Claggett, Air Officer of the Ninth Corps Area, and Major Houghton, Commanding Officer of Rockwell Field."


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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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.


Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race is available at the link. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. 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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-3-2.


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