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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, 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.

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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


The identical mage, right, can be found in Volume 1, p. 209 of Juptner, Joseph. 1962-1981. U.S. Civil Aircraft. Volumes 1-9. Aero Publishers, Inc. Fallbrook, CA.


NC134E appeared, in an old film clip, on the PBS show aired 6/2/01 about early commercial flight.


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This airplane is a Hamilton Metalplane H-45/47 (S/N 56; ATC # 85) manufactured in November 1928 by the Hamilton Metalplane Company, Milwaukee, WI. It came from the factory with a Pratt & Whitney engine (S/N 831) of 400 HP.  It was a single pilot, seven-place airplane weighing 5,750 pounds gross.

Hamilton Metalplane NC134E, Ca. 1928 (Source: Link)
Hamilton Metalplane NC134E, Ca. 1928 (Source: Link)


Hamilton Metalplane NC134E Empennage (Source: Link)


A closeup photo of the empennage is at right. From the hangar doors behind the airplane, it looks like this photo and the one above were taken on the same day.

NC134E sold on February 6, 1929 to Carl H. Keller of Detroit, MI.  Prior to the sale, Keller changed to Model H-47 with the installation of a Pratt & Whitney Hornet engine S/N 259 under ATC #94.

NC134E landed at Tucson once on February 6, 1929, coincident with completion of the final sales paperwork for the airplane. It was piloted by Marion Sterling carrying four unidentified passengers. Based in Detroit, they were westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA. Chance is high that owner Keller was one of the passengers. There was no reason given for the flight.

On February 4, 1930 Keller sold the airplane to Northwest Airways, Inc., St. Paul, MN.  It was modified as of April 3, 1931 to carry a gross weight of 6,417 pounds under ATC GR 2-329.  It had “N.W.A. #23” painted on the fuselage.

Northwest flew it for about seven years.  Then, through the Charles H. Babb Company, it was exported and registered in Panama as R-12.  During WWII it was impressed into service on August 14, 1942 by the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Model C-89 (USAAC S/N 42-79546).  It was assigned to the Panama Air Depot and used for a year.  On August 24, 1943 it was condemned by the USAAC and surveyed.  No further information.

There is one other Hamilton Metalplane, NC5562, that landed at Tucson.


UPLOADED: 04/01/06 REVISED: 05/16/06, 11/15/08, 03/19/09, 02/22/18

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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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