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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-32 29-218

Douglas 29-218 was S/N 543. According to Joe Baugher's site, it was a dual-control trainer, whose designation changed to BT-2. It transferred to Wright Field as P568.

29-218 landed twice at Tucson. The first time was Friday, August 9, 1929. It was flown by S.P. Mills, carrying H.G. Rheingruber as passenger. Based at Dayton, OH Wright Field, they were eastbound from San Diego, CA. They remained in Tucson until August 11th before continuing on to El Paso, TX. Below, courtesy of the San Diego Aerospace Museum (SDAM), an undated photograph of the airplane. This same image is shown for sale for $9.00 at the link.

Douglas O-32 29-218, Date & Location Unknown (Source: SDAM)
Douglas O-32 29-218, Date & Location Unknown (Source: SDAM)

The second landing by 29-218 occurred eight months later on Monday, March 17, 1930. The pilot this time was H.H. "Hap" Arnold. Based at Dayton, OH Wright Field, Arnold arrived solo from Lordsburg, NM. He remained on the ground for 30 minutes before continuing west to Riverside, CA March Field at 11:30AM. No reasons were given in the Register for this or the first flights through Tucson.



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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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