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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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 handsome airplane is an Inland W-500 Supersport manufactured in 1929 under ATC # 315. It was powered by a Warner Scarab 125 HP 7-cylinder radial engine. Follow the link for additional information about this airplane, and the six other Inlands of the Davis-Monthan Register.

NC252N landed at Tucson once on August 24, 1931 flown solo by Martie Bowman. She was inbound from Phoenix headed for Cleveland as a participant in the 1931 National Air Races.

While I have no image of the airplane from the Golden Age, the image, below, courtesy of Mr. Borden (right sidebar), was taken about 1950 with its owners at the time, Harry Singleton and his family.

Inland NC252N, 1950
Inland NC252N, 1950

NC252N lived in Kentucky until July 2007. It was purchased by Mr. Borden and trucked to Texas where it lives today, awaiting restoration. Below, is an image of the airplane in Mr. Borden's garage with him and his grandson aboard.

NC252N, November 2007
NC252N, November 2007

If you follow the link to my general information page for Inland aircraft, you'll find that Mr. Borden's grandfather was the designer of the Inland prototype, NX7225. As the keeper of this site, it gives me great pleasure to link five generations of one family to an airplane that landed at Tucson on a dusty Monday in August 1931, and flown by one of the premier female pilots of the era as well.



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