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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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.

---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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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, or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.  ISBN 978-0-9843074-4-9.


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Registration Number 1983

Two Engines in Three Years

This airplane is a long-wing Alexander Eaglerock, S/N 289. The Alexander Aircraft Company, Denver, CO built it on October 1, 1927. It left the factory with a 90 HP OX-5 engine, S/N 4328 (manufactured by Willys-Murrow). It weighed 2,140 pounds.

The day it rolled out the factory door, it was purchased by A.E. Cameron, 1339 Flower St., Los Angeles, CA. Five months later, on March 14, 1928, it was sold to E. Burrell Smith, 6909 Camrose Dr., Hollywood, CA. A “C” license was issued to the aircraft on January 11, 1929.

Mr. Smith flew the airplane solo to the Davis-Monthan Airfield on August 1, 1928, arriving at 12:30 PM. He remained overnight, departing on the 2nd at 9:30 AM. He was inbound from Phoenix, enroute to Los Angeles. He also arrived solo on Tuesday, February 5, 1929. This time his destination was cited as, "Tucson, AZ Mayse Airport." Mayes Airport was an early synonym for the Davis-Monthan Airfield.

The airplane was purchased on February 6, 1929 by Ernest Bennett, Box 26, Silver City, NM. A rebuilt OX-5 engine c/n M769 was installed in July of that year. About a year later, on January 6, 1930, it was sold to Richard P. Langford, Hotel Hussman Bldg., El Paso, TX. It was equipped with OX-5 c/n 558 at that time.

On March 9, 1930 it suffered an accident at El Paso. The pilot, Leo Lopez with student license #28166, was uninjured. The accident, however, “destroyed wings, propeller, 1 wheel and rudder.” The license was cancelled July 1, 1930.

Besides its two landings at Tucson, NC1983 is also cited once in the Clover Field Register at the link.


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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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.


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.  Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-1-8.


Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race is available at the link. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. 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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-3-2.


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