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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.

---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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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, or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.  ISBN 978-0-9843074-4-9.



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Waco NC12455 landed once at Tucson on June 19, 1932 flown by Joshua Crane. He carried two passengers, A.L. Johnson and Valerie Poulson. Based in Pawtucket, RI, they were eastbound from Yuma, AZ to El Paso, TX. Crane wrote in the Remarks column of the Register, "Hot as hell," a common exclamation in Tucson during the summer.

WACO UEC NC12455 (Source: Heins)

This airplane bore S/N 3621. It was manufactured in 1932. It was owned by Waco dealer Joshua Crane, Pawtucket, RI.

Below are five additional images of NC12455, all photographed in New England in the environs of the White Mountain Airport, North Conway, NH. These photographs come from the collection of Wylie Apte, Sr. who was the proprietor of the Airport. They are shared with us by his granddaughter.

Two Unidentified People With NC12455 (Source: Apte)
Two Unidentified People With NC12455 (Source: Apte)

The next two photographs show the enclosed cabin to good advantage.

Two Unidentified Gentlemen With NC12455 (Source: Apte)

In the photograph below, we can read the airport name on the building, "White Mountain Airport." The Wiki story of the airport is at the link. Note mention of Wylie Apte, Sr. and Wylie Apte, Jr. in the article. As an abandoned airfield, the White Mountain Airport is also reviewed at this link, with period photographs.

Waco NC12455 at White Mountan Airport, NH (Source: Apte)

Below, a good port profile of this robust airplane.

Excellent Port Profile of Waco NC12455 (Source: Apte)

Below, an unclear photograph of Waco NC12455 to the left of what appears to be a Stinson model U tri-motor. The lightning stroke paint scheme on the fuselage of the Stinson suggests the airplane was being flown by American Airlines. For information on Tucson visitor Stinson model U NC432M, please follow the link. Although we can't read the number in the photograph below, it is with high probability the registration number of this Stinson U is among the list cited in the PDF download available at that link.

Waco NC12455 (L) Next to Large Trimotor (Source: Apte)


UPLOADED: 10/07/07 REVISED: 08/06/14

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President (as of the upload date of this page) Andy Heins of the National Waco Club sent the image at left. Andy  runs the day to day business of the Club, and we should all thank him for the effort he expended to help us understand better the Waco aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield way back when.


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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.


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.  Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-1-8.


Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race is available at the link. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. 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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-3-2.


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