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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


Thanks to Guest Editor Bob Woodling for help researching this page.


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deHavilland DH-4B-1, A-6395

This airplane was a deHavilland DH-4B-1 with a Liberty engine. It, along with others of the series A-6352-6401, was transferred from the War Department to the U.S. Navy (date unspecified). A-6395 landed once at Tucson, Saturday, September 4, 1926 at 12:00 noon. It was flown solo by A.E. Barker who identified his home base as the San Diego, CA Naval Air Station. He arrived at Tucson from San Diego and identified his destination as Lordsburg, NM. He departed east the same day at 2:00PM.

Below, from the Tacoma Public Library Digital Collection, is a photograph of A-6395 on the ground at Tacoma, WA (?). The photo caption at the link states, "Ca. 1929. Navy bi-plane with identification number 1SD (or O)-P-1 sits in field with crowd in background. Photograph probably taken at Tacoma Field."

deHavilland A-6395, 1929 (Source: Link via Woodling)
deHavilland A-6395, 1929 (Source: Link via Woodling)

Upon close inspection of the photo, you can see two people in the fore and aft cockpits, and a camera appears to be mounted to the rear of the aft cockpit. I can't tell if the camera is for still or motion pictures, nor do I know what the possible photographic mission might have been.

Other than this photograph, the airplane's landing at Tucson, the name of the pilot and his itinerary, I have no other information about this airplane. If you can help fill in the blanks, please let me KNOW.



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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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