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Some of this information comes from the listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed aircraft reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.




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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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This airplane is a Waco model UIC, S/N 3778, built on June 24, 1933. It had a wood propeller, 7.50 x 10" wheels and tires, tail wheel, extra fuel tanks and leather upholstery. It carried a Continental R-670 engine of 210HP (S/N 614). It sold initially to H.C. Lippiatt of 121 Udine Way, Bellaire, Los Angeles, CA. Lippiatt was a Waco and Travel Air distributor.

NC13423 visited Tucson twice. First in the hands of H.C. Lippiatt, the original owner, on Sunday, September 3, 1933. He carried as passengers a Mr. & Mrs. Nicholls. Based at Los Angeles, the were on a round-robin trip from Glendale, CA back to Los Angeles. No reason was given in the Register for their trip.

Lippiatt sold the airplane to Earl C. Stewart ot Santa Barbara, CA on October 4, 1933, who then sold it to Bessie Owen of Santa Barbara, CA on February 18, 1935. The second landing at Tucson was piloted by pilot Owen on Tuesday, April 23, 1935. Owen requested authorization for a flight to the Far East ca. August 21, 1935 with mechanic Fred B. Novinger. NC13423 had about 615 flight hours logged at the time of the request.

The airplane was shipped to Europe in January, 1936 where she used it for a "round-the-world" flight. She actually flew it from Europe to the Philippines, so it wasn't an entire circumnavigation. Below, an image of the airplane in Bulgaria, ca. summer, 1936. Owen is second from left, flanked by the Chief of Police and a Greek Catholic Pope. This image appears in Owen's book, "Aerial Vagabond," which is an account of her round-the-world flight. Note the "slender" dog under the wing.

Bessie Owen and NC13423, Bulgaria, ca. 1936 (Source: Owen)
Bessie Owen and NC13423, Bulgaria, ca. 1936

Please direct your browser to Owen's biography page to learn more about this airplane and its fate. Basically, on July 24, 1936, Owen advised the Civil Aeronautics Administration that she had been touring Europe and Northern Africa with the aircraft and that the U.S. registration should be cancelled January 1, 1937.

The official record for NC13423 from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air & Space Museum, shows Owen sold the airplane to L.J. Coote (although I have elsewhere seen mention of the name Neilson as the new owner) of Manila, Philippines on January 26, 1937.  About a year later, the CAA received a radiogram from the Philippines requesting the history of the airplane.  The final disposition, as far as the CAA is concerned, was that the airplane was, “to be operated in the Philippine Islands.”  The U.S. license was finally cancelled on May 26, 1937. Does anyone KNOW what happened to this airplane in the Philippines?


UPLOADED: 02/26/08 REVISED: 09/11/11, 06/11/23

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