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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.


"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.


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DOUGLAS O-2K 29-179


Douglas O-2K 29-179, Location Unknown
Douglas O-2K 29-179

Douglas O-2K 29-179 landed three times at Tucson. The first two times it was flown by H.A. Sutton on what appeared to be a quick visit to the west coast. Sutton was based in Dayton, OH at Wright Field. On March 2, 1929 he flew westbound through Tucson from El Paso, TX to March Field (Riverside, CA). On March 8, 1929 he returned eastbound from Clover Field, Santa Monica, CA through Tucson on his way back to El Paso and probably east from there.

The third visit by 29-179 was on November 2, 1929. This time the airplane was flown by Lt. L.S. Stranathan. He carried one VIP passenger, Congressman (Melvin) Maas. Based in Washington, DC at Bolling Field, Stranathan was carrying the Congressman from Rockwell Field in San Diego, CA to Ft. Bliss in El Paso, TX. There was no reason given for the trip.

Passenger Minnesota Congressman Maas (May 14, 1898 – April 14, 1964), however, was a Marine Corps officer and had a long political career beginning in 1926 and lasting through WWII. He was a watchdog of things military, and his opinions and statements have a modern ring (see, for example, this link, this one, and this one). He is buried at Arlington Cemetery.


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