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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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 NC3166

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This aircraft is an Eberhardt S-E-5-E, S/N 23943. It is an example where very little information is available. The Eberhardt Manufacturing Company, Buffalo, NY, manufactured it in 1923. It had a Hispano-Suiza model A engine installed. Its license was applied for on October 10, 1927 and approved by wire on October 21, 1927.

Robert O. Snoddy, 130 Emerald St., San Antonio, TX, purchased it from the Baren Airplane Co. Mr. Snoddy held A&E license #2786.

The airplane arrived at Davis-Monthan Airfield on November 5, 1927, just three weeks after it was registered. Mr. Snoddy probably owned the airplane at this time, because its home base was identified as San Antonio. The pilot, however was E.O. Helton. Mr. Helton arrived from Stinson Field (San Antonio) at 1:00 PM and departed for Clover Field in Santa Monica at 2:00 PM.

It was reported sold in April, 1930 to the Caddo Corporation, 804 Taft Bldg., Hollywood, CA. The Caddo Corporation was owned by Register pilot and movie producer Howard Hughes. According to its sparse NASM record (left sidebar) this airplane was “washed out completely in motion picture work.” Its license was cancelled April 25, 1930. No further information or photographs.

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