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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.




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 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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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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 acquired 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 NC12443 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 sky 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.

Update of 01/02/24 NC12443 is for sale. The For Sale notice appeared in Flying Magazine's December 2023 issue of Aircraft for Sale.

December 2023 Issue of Aircraft for Sale (Source:Flying Magazine)


UPLOADED: 10/07/07 REVISED: 12/28/09, 12/21/10, 08/16/11, 06/11/23, 01/02/24

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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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