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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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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Registration Number 2544

Rare Bird

This airplane is a Martin Model 70 Commercial, S/N 96, one of only two built. It was manufactured between March and July, 1924 by the Glen L. Martin Company, 16800 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH. It was fitted with a Hispano-Wright engine, S/N 6320, of 190 HP. This engine was built by Wright on June 16, 1923. The aircraft weighed 3,335 pounds, had a wingspan of 38 feet, wing area of 367 square feet and length of 27 feet 10 inches. It was built, “for special flights carrying personnel or property of Glenn L. Martin Co.”

It landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield on July 10, 1927 while owned and operated by the Martin Co. The pilot was Kenneth R. Cole carrying Arthur E. Davies as sole passenger. They arrived from Gila Bend at 6:30 PM and departed for Cleveland at 8:30 PM that evening. It had logged about 98 hours total time. During the two hours it was on the ground, it was inspected by the U.S. Border Patrol. No reason was given for the inspection.

It was reportedly (no bill of sale) sold on November 26, 1927 to Automobile Sales Co., 918 Union Ave., Memphis, TN. It was sold again in 1927 (no date given) to Charles F. Sterchi, Mississippi Valley Airway, Knoxville, TN (and General Delivery, West Palm Beach, FL). It suffered an accident on February 12, 1928 at Hialeah, FL. The pilot, Herbert Meigs Toomey of 721 43rd St., West palm Beach, FL, and two passengers were unhurt.

It changed hands sometime in 1928, going to W.F. Walker, West Palm Beach, FL. All papers were lost in a hurricane, and the airplane was purchased on December 3, 1928 by Jack Walton, 2830 Morgan St., Tampa, FL. Walton said that the c/n of the airplane was 94 on the manufacturer’s plate. It had no engine as of April, 1929.

Hispano-Suiza engine c/n 81771 was installed as of June 24, 1929, and it was assigned title without bills of sale on May 24, 1929. On May 7, 1931 Hispano-Suiza engine c/n 86899 was installed, “with a set of twin floats”.

It was sold on November 19, 1931 to Joseph S. Shannon, Hotel Poinsetta, West Palm Beach, FL. It crashed at Bimini, Bahamas on December 15, 1931. J.S. Shannon and Albert K Padaga were on board. The airplane was “washed out” and its registration was cancelled on February 9, 1932. No further information or photographs.

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