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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.


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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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 NC14086
Waco NC14086

Waco NC14086 landed at Tucson once on December 1, 1935 piloted by Marshall W. Sawyer of Tucson, AZ.

He carried one passenger, "Breezy" Cox. They arrived from Florence, AZ and Sawyer noted in the Remarks column of the Register, "Rodeoing". The airplane bore S/N 4220 and it was manufactured in 1934. NC14086 was owned by Marshall Sawyer.

The "Rodeoing" remark is significant, since L.B. "Breezy" Cox was, indeed, a rodeo performer of some reputation, and a champion all-around cowboy. For example, he was the saddle bronc champion at the 1925 Calgary Stampede, and the tie-down roping champion of 1926 at the same event.

L.B. "Breezy" Cox, ca. late 1920s
L.B. "Breezy" Cox, ca. late 1920s


At right, an image of Cox riding the bronco "Black Powder", probably in a Texas rodeo.

He got into horse racing in 1940 as trainer and owner. He and a partner bought and sold a couple of horses and, in 1944, had a winner over the mile in a horse named "Hard Twist". They had parlayed an original $300 investment in their first horse into a win of $11,770 at the Longacres Mile. All totaled they won over $38,000 with "Hard Twist".

In his later years (1977) Cox trained a buffalo, named "Lollipop" to be a mascot for the West Texas State University athletic teams. As well, he taught a team of campus "Herdsmen" to handle "Lollipop" on their own during their games.


Waco NC14086
Waco NC14086




But I digress. The dates and locations of the images of NC14086 are unknown, but they are recent. The FAA database states that its airworthiness certificate was canceled June 4, 2022. The owner at the time was an individual in Nebraska.






UPLOADED: 10/07/07 REVISED: 06/11/23, 06/11/23

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President (as of the upload date of this page) Andy Heins of the National Waco Club sent the images 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.

Image of "Breezy" Cox courtesy of the El Paso, TX Public Library.
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