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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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 cabin Waco NC13424 landed once at Tucson on July 25, 1933 flown by Francis D. "Chief" Bowhan. He carried two passengers, Mrs. Henry King and a Capt. Barkley. Based at Burbank, CA they were eastbound from Los Angeles, CA to "North Carolina". "T1392" was noted next to pilot's name; undoubtedly his transport pilot license number. The airplane is pictured below.

WACO UIC NC13424 (Source: Heins)

The date and location of this image are unknown, but the gentleman is the owner of the airplane, Henry King. This airplane bore S/N 3777 and it was manufactured during 1933. The herald on the vertical stabilizer is identifiable in the original image as the King coat of arms. Below, another photo of King with his airplane. It looks like these two photos were taken on the same day at the same location. The image below is from this 1937 REFERENCE, page 205.

WACO UIC NC13424 (Source: AYB)
WACO UIC NC13424 (Source: AYB)

Below, a closer image of NC13424 with the cabin door open and Mr. King standing as for departure. Henry King of Los Angeles, CA was a movie producer, director and actor. He lived from 1886-1982. He has a good Web presence.

NC13424, Date Unknown
NC13424, Date Unknown

King also has an impressive list of credits in the movie industry. Relevant to our interests, King directed "A Yank in the R.A.F" (1941) and wrote and directed "Twelve O'Clock High" starring Gregory Peck (1949, right sidebar). Register pilot Frank Armstrong was the WWII B-17 pilot that inspired Peck's character in the movie.


UPLOADED: 10/07/07 REVISED: 02/17/08, 03/31/08, 04/16/08, 06/16/11, 10/18/16, 01/11/23

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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.
King's Film, "Twelve O'Clock High"
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