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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.


The Congress of Ghosts is an anniversary celebration for 2010.  It is an historical biography, that celebrates the 5th year online of www.dmairfield.org 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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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FORD 4-AT-B 7583

Here is a puzzle. This airplane was flown to Tucson Thursday,September 6, 1928 at 8:45 AM. It was identified very clearly in the Register by pilot Freddie Lund as registration number 7583. It is a Ford, yet he listed it as a Waco. He carried a single passenger identified as R.E. Lees. Based in Troy, OH, they were westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA. Robert E. Lees, was the Sales Manager for Waco.

There is no known Waco registration number 7583. There is one registration, NC7593, that belonged to a Waco ATO. Perhaps he entered the number by mistake.

According to all current records, this airplane is, indeed, a Ford trimotor. According to aerofiles.com, it is a model 4-AT-B, S/N 37 (later converted to a D model). It was manufactured in 1928 under ATC 2-322 as a special long-wing model with three 220hp Wright J-5 engines; wingspan: 78'0". It cost $48,000 new. It flew in the U.S. and was sold into Costa Rica in the 1940s as registration number TI61 or TI64.

Site visitor Frank Lowman corroborates the identity with this image of 7583, below, that he discovered among his father's effects. He says, "My father took a picture of a Ford Tri Motor 7583 at Byrd Flying Field in Richmond, VA before 1929. On the fuselage is written: 'THIS SHIP USES GULF-NO-NOX MOTOR FUEL AND GULFPRIDE LUBRICANTS.' Also: 'FLY UNDER THE AUSPICIES OF YOUR FORD DEALER.'"

Ford 4-AT-B 7583, Byrd Field, Richmond, VA, Before 1929
Ford 4-AT-B 7583

Just in front of the word FLY is additional text, which, readable on the original image, lists, "Lima O, Marion O, Columbus O, Akron O, Washington, D.C." In front of the list, also written on the side is, "Passengers Carried To Date 3284".

Why would a gifted and knowlegeable pilot like Freddie Lund misidentify this airplane? Besides just mis-writing a number, a clue may be in the list of Ohio cities. Lund was the test pilot for Waco Aircraft, based in Troy, OH. He may have flown the Ford west with passenger Lees on Waco business. Or, they may have been traveling west to participate in the 1928 National Air Races held at Los Angeles, September 8-16 that year. We find him returning eastbound two weeks later on Wednesday, September 19, 1928 flying solo in an unidentified Ryan B-1 Brougham. If anyone can supply information about these flights and the airplane puzzle, please let me KNOW.


UPLOADED: 03/22/08 REVISED: 06/11/23

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