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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.




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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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TRAVEL AIR 3000 7282

Registration Number 7282

Tortuous Stewardship As An Airplane, And As Parts

This aircraft is a Travel Air 3000, S/N 564. The Travel Air Manufacturing Co., Wichita, KS, built it on June 27, 1928. It was fitted with a Hispano-Suiza E engine of 180 HP, S/N 82811. It weighed 2,590 pounds. It was sold less engine on July 24, 1928 to H.C. Lippiatt of Hollywood, CA for $3,040. Lippiatt was a Travel Air dealer.

The airplane sold to Phillip J. Marule and Julian R. Wagy of Bakersfield, CA on August 8, 1928, then to Western College of Aeronautics, Los Angeles, on August 13, 1928. There is no record of sale prices during these rapid exchanges, but Marule and Wagy installed the Hisso engine as indicated above.

This Travel Air landed once at Tucson on March 24, 1929 piloted by Julian R. Wagy. He carried one unidentified passenger on their way from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA. His homebase was identified as Kern County Airport, Bakersfield, CA.

A sale on May 14, 1929 to Golden State Airways, Inc., Bakersfield, indicates a corporate exchange. Golden State was owned by Wagy. It left the corporate umbrella on September 29, 1930 when it sold to Ralph Young and L. Smithurst of Oakland, CA. Then on October 20, 1930 it changed hands back to Marule and Wagy in Bakersfield.

They sold it back north on December 26, 1930 to the East Bay Flying Club, Oakland, CA. On May 3, 1931 it suffered an accident at Isleton, CA and was disassembled as of August 7, 1931. As of October 17, 1933, the airplane was, “not being used, and parts have been loaned to Duck Air Services, Oakland, CA.” Some of these parts “to be returned” were used on NC9049, which landed at Tucson on June 19, 1929. I have no information on this airplane, so I am looking for help with it.

On January 6, 1939 7282 was purchased for parts by F.H. Nolta of Willow, CA. Nolta had, “no intention of rebuilding.” The fuselage was purchased to built up Travel Air NR2123. The final disposition of this airplane was that it was dismantled and used for parts. Its registration was cancelled May 12, 1939.


UPLOADED: 7/24/05 REVISED: 09/12/11

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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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