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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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NC14707 was brought to Tucson Sunday December 9,1934. It was flown solo by William T. Piper, Jr. His flight brought him cross-country from Bradford, PA, which he had departed the previous October. He was inbound from El Paso, TX enroute to Phoenix, AZ. Please direct your browser to the link to understand the context of Piper's flight and to see additional images of him and his airplane. While in Tucson, he gave what appeared to be in his log book, rides to two passengers.

Below, two images of NC14707, probably taken at Long Beach, CA.

Taylor E-2 Cub NC14707, Ca. 1935 (Source: Piper)
Taylor E-2 Cub NC14707, Ca. 1935 (Source: Piper)


Taylor E-2 Cub NC14707, Ca. 1935 (Source: Piper)
Taylor E-2 Cub NC14707, Ca. 1935 (Source: Piper)

Mr. Piper remained in Tucson until the 11th of December, then flew to California via Phoenix. The itinerary for Piper's cross-country flight was long but direct. The itinerary east of Tucson is exhibited on Piper's biography page linked above. West of Tucson his trip became tortuous. Below is his western itinerary with NC14707. The itinerary was reconstructed from Piper's flight log books.

NC14707/Piper Itinerary West of Tucson (Source: Webmaster)
NC14797/Piper Itinerary West of Tucson (Source: Webmaster)

I was not able to determine when Bill Piper took the last flight with NC14707, but his father, who was in the process of taking over the Talor company, had told him to sell the airplane in California.

He did, and it remained on the west coast for at least two years. A site visitor contacted me after finding NC14707 entered in his father, Bill Hays', flight log book. As indicated in the first two pages of his log, below, he took his first training flight in NC14707 on October 4, 1936.  The flight was 39 minutes long and occurred at Mines Field (LAX today). He soloed on November 18th with about four hours of flight time in 14707.

Pilot Log Book, NC14707 Flight Entries, 1936 (Source: Site Visitor)
Pilot Log Book, NC14707 Flight Entries, 1936 (Source: Site Visitor)

His second page, below, shows that he flew NC14707 about 9 hours from October 4, 1936 and March 15, 1937. Ted Morton, his instructor, was not a Register pilot.

Pilot Log Book, NC14707 Flight Entries, 1936-37 (Source: Site Visitor)
Pilot Log Book, NC14707 Flight Entries, 1936-37 (Source: Site Visitor)

March 15, 1937 was the last time NC14707 was flown by Hays. The next page began with a flight in the EMSCO B-7C NC969Y (found in the Grand Central Air Terminal, July 27, 1931) flown on April 17, 1947.

I have no information about the fate of NC14707. If you KNOW, please contact me at the link.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 12/04/10 REVISED: 01/22/18

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