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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


One of the other aircraft flown to Tucson by Eaker, Curtiss P-1B, 27-64, is shown here.

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BOEING P-12, 29-353

This airplane appears twice in the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. The first time was on Saturday, March 2, 1929 and the second on Sunday, March 24, 1929. Both times it was piloted by Ira C. Eaker. He was, among military flyers, one of the most frequent visitors, having landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield 16 times between 1925 and 1931. He flew military aircraft, many times carrying VIPs as passengers.

During his first visit to Tucson, he was eastbound from San Diego, CA (probably March Field) to El Paso, TX. His second itinerary was westbound from El Paso to Riverside, CA, March Field. For both his visits, he appeared to be flying by himself and not as a flight with others.

Below, a photograph of Eaker in 29-353. The date and location for this image are unknown.

Ira Eaker in Boeing P-12, 29-353
Ira Eaker in Boeing P-12, 29-353

According to Joe Baugher's site, 29-353 to 361 were Boeing P-12s, c/n 1100 to 1108. 29-353 was written off September 1, 1931 at Cleveland, Ohio, perhaps in conjunction with the National Air Races.


UPLOADED: 02/03/09 REVISED: 02/04/19

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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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