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This information comes from the listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed aircraft reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.


Undated news article is from: Donna Veca & Skip Mazzio, 1987. "Just Plane Crazy". Aviation Book Company, Glendale, CA ISBN 0-940997-01-0. p. 93.


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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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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This airplane is a Golden Eagle Chief (S/N C-801) manufactured March 9, 1929 by the R.O. Bone Company, Inglewood, CA (R.O. Bone, President; W.G. Mead, VP).  It left the factory with a Le Blond 7-cylinder radial engine (S/N 7 D-366) of 90 HP.   It was a two-place airplane.  It was manufactured “for pleasure and demonstration”.

The Golden Eagle landed twice at Tucson, Monday March 11th and on Monday March 25, 1929.  Below, found at eBay, is an image of Bobbi Trout with 522.

Bobbi Trout With Golden Eagle Chief 522, Ca. 1929 (Source: Web)

On the 11th it was flown by Bobbi Trout, carrying W.G. Mead as passenger.  They were eastbound from Los Angeles, CA to El Paso, TX.  This undated news article, below right, captures them during their voyage. The spelling of her name is variously "Bobby", "Bobbie" or "Bobbi". She used Bobbi in later years.

1929 Trip News

They must have completed their joint, two-week trip promptly.  The second landing on the 25th was flown by W.G. Mead solo, and he was headed back eastbound from San Diego, CA to San Antonio, TX.

Things were happening fast for this airplane.  Subsequently, by wire on March 30, 1929, an application for a “NX” registration was submitted by Golden Eagle Aircraft Corporation, successors to R.O. Bone Company.  The airplane was sold to Golden Eagle Corp. and the bill of sale was dated April 18, 1929.  The NX license was issued on May 3, 1929 to expire in November.

Alas, it did not expire.  NX522 suffered an accident in Los Angeles on July 7, 1929. The airplane was “washed out” and the registration was cancelled July 25, 1929.  Thus, the photograph above probably was taken sometime before May 3rd. It predates May 3rd, because the NX is missing from the number painted on the wing. It definitely predates July 7th.

The pilot on July 7th, Eddie Martin, transport license #2507, was uninjured. The accident was reported in the Santa Ana Register, July 8, 1929, below. Note that Martin was testing the airplane for final certification by the Department of Commerce when it went into an unrecoverable flat spin. Martin had a difficult time exiting the cockpit. Thanks to a site visitor for pointing out the date of this article.

Santa Ana Register, July 8, 1929 (Source:
Santa Ana Register, July 8, 1929 (Source:



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