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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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DOUGLAS O-2H 29-163

This airplane is a U.S. Army Douglas O-2H. It landed once at Tucson, Wednesday, January 9, 1929 at 2:30PM. It flew about four more years before it was destroyed in Texas. Today it is unique in that it is allegedly the only surviving example of its type in existence. From this link you'll discover, although it exists, not much of it remains. The description from the link is below. Of some 400 landings by Douglas O-2 aircraft recorded in the Registers, over 140 had their origins in Texas.

"Up to 2011 there were no O-2's known to exist. However, in 2011 the wreckage of O-2H 29-163 that crashed out of Kelly Field Texas on March 16, 1933 has been positively identified. The rear and central/forward portion of the fuselage behind the firewall, wing attachments and landing gear parts, tailplane and many engine parts and eight of the twelve pistons are now recovered. Research is continuing on this aircraft. It is known it was flown by Aviation Cadet Charles D. Rogers [not a Register pilot] on a night recon advanced training mission. Apparently flying low, the aircraft hit a hill and burned after the crash leaving only the found wreckage today. Weather was not considered a contributing factor. Cadet Rogers was instantly killed in the crash by the impact. His body was recovered but the wreckage was abandoned due to the airframe and engine both being a writeoff."

Below is a view of the O-2H type from the Seattle Museum of Flight. This photograph was taken June 13, 1931, about ninety-years ago as of the upload date of this page.

Douglas O-2H Type at Cleveland, OH, June 13, 1931 (Source: Seattle Museum of Flight)
Douglas O-2H Type at Cleveland, OH, June 13, 1931 (Source: Seattle Museum of Flight)

Below is the inscription on the rear of the photo.

Reverse of Douglas O-2H Type at Cleveland, OH, June 13, 1931 (Source: Seattle Museum of Flight)
Reverse of Douglas O-2H Type at Cleveland, OH, June 13, 1931 (Source: Seattle Museum of Flight)

At Tucson, 29-163 was flown by one Captain Donald P.Muse. He carried a single passenger he identified simply as "Winberg." Based at Montgomery, AL Maxwell Field, they arrived that Wednesday from San Diego, CA. They organized a quick turnaround, remaining on the ground only 5 minutes before departing eastbound for Lordsburg, NM at 2:35PM.



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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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