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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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



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BOEING P-12B, 29-334

This sturdy airplane landed at Tucson Tuesday, April 5, 1932. It was flown by Lt. H.R. Baxter. Based at San Antonio, TX, Kelly Field, Baxter was eastbound from Los Angeles, CA to El Paso, TX. No reason was given in the Register for his flight.

However, it appears that Baxter was in a flight of three with other P-12s over the same route. He and fellow Army pilots Lt. E.H. Underhill (in 29-440) and Lt. C.J. Farris (in 29-442) all landed near 2:00PM at Tucson and departed the same day.

Below, a brand new Boeing P-12-B in U.S. Army markings as flown by pilot Baxter. Compare this image with sister ship 29-333.

Boeing P-12B, 29-334
Boeing P-12B, 29-334

According to Joe Baugher's site, Boeing 29-329 to 341 were Boeing P-12Bs, c/n 1170 to 1182. 29-329 was converted to XP-12G and later reverted to B configuration. I have no further information regarding 29-334. Does anyone KNOW its fate?



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I'm looking for photographs of pilots Baxter, Underhill and Farris and their airplanes. If you have one or more you'd like to share, please use this FORM to contact me.


This photo is from the Bowers Collection, published in Wallick, S.L. “Lew”, Jr. & Peter M. Bowers. 1982. “Flying the P-12”. Red Barn Publications, Seattle, WA.

Thanks to Mike Gerow for pointing out this photograph.


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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