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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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.


There is no data for NC12443 in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC. The reason is that the airplane is still registered with the FAA.


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WACO UBF-2 NC12443

Waco NC12443 landed at Tucson on August 8, 1935 flown by J.S. Maxfield. He carried his wife as the only passenger. Based in Oklahoma City, OK, they were westbound from Oklahoma City to Balboa, CA . NC12443 carried S/N 3606. It was manufactured in 1932. At the time of its landing at Tucson it was owned by Waco Dealer Giblet & Young Aviation, Oklahoma City, OK. Below, an image of the airplane as it came out of the factory (image credits, right sidebar).

Factory New NC12443 (Source: Heins)
Factory New NC12443

Below is the delivery sheet for NC12443. Note the colors under "Paint Specifications". This was clearly a good-looking airplane. The Berry Brothers paints were sold by the company owned by Register pilot Tom Colby. Follow the link to see a color chart for "Berryloid Pigmented Dopes" (as well as an advertisement for Heywood starters).

NC12433 Delivery Sheet (Source: Heins)
NC12433 Delivery Sheet

Date and location of image, below, unknown, but notice the addition of wheel pants and removal of factory-installed landing lights from the lower wing. From the automobile and dress, this picture was probably snapped in the late 40s-early 50s.


NC12433 is under restoration in Phoenix.  It hasn't flown since 1952 when it was destroyed by a tornado while parked out on the ramp at an Oklahoma airport.  The present owners aquired the project in 2004. Some images, besides those below, are available here.

NC12443 Under Restoration (Source: Woods)
NC12443 Under Restoration


NC12443 Under Restoration II (Source: Woods)
NC12443 Under Restoration II

Update of December 26, 2009. Below, an image of NC12443 taken in November, 2009. It is fully restored.

WACO UBF-2 NC12443, November, 2009 (Source: Woods)
WACO UBF-2 NC12443, November, 2009 (Source: Woods)

Owner Scott Woods states, "We should be test flying in January [2010]."

Update of 12/21/10 Below, two photos of the airplane as restored. Mr. Woods says, "Here are some more photos of our 1932 Waco UBF-2, 12443 for your website. We just had our first start-up and test flight will be soon."

NC12443, December, 2010 (Source: Woods)
NC12443, December, 2010 (Source: Woods)

Below, the first engine start-up.

NC12443, First Breath, December, 2010 (Source: Woods)
NC12443, First Breath, December, 2010 (Source: Woods)

Update of 08/16/11 NC12433 is flying! Below, shared with us by owner Woods, are three photos of the airplane doing what it does best. First, prepared to take off on a bright, blue day.

NC12443, Prepared to Fly, August, 2011 (Source: Woods)
NC12443, Prepared to Fly, August, 2011 (Source: Woods)

Below, a quartering head-on view.

NC12443, Aloft, August, 2011 (Source: Woods)
NC12443, Aloft, August, 2011 (Source: Woods)

Below, a quartering tail view.

NC12443, Aloft, August, 2011 (Source: Woods)
NC12443, Aloft, August, 2011 (Source: Woods)

How satisfying to have one of our Register aiircraft flying again after almost 76 years to the day it landed at Tucson. Thanks to Scott and Annie Woods.


UPLOADED: 10/07/07 REVISED: 12/28/09, 12/21/10, 08/16/11

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I'm looking for additional information about this airplane and pilot J.S. Maxfield. If you can help, please contact me HERE

President (as of the upload date of this page) Andy Heins of the National Waco Club sent some of the images at left. Andy  runs the day to day business of the Club.

Other images are from Scott & Annie Woods who are restoring this airplane.

We should all thank them for the effort he expended to help us understand better the Waco aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield way back when.

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