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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.




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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, 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.


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Fokker Universal NC3193


This aircraft was a Fokker Universal, S/N 423 (ATC #9), manufactured in October 1927 by the Atlantic Aircraft Corporation, Teterboro Airport, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.  It left the factory with a Wright J-5 engine, S/N 8135.  It weighed 4,000 pounds.

NC3193 was purchased October 25, 1927 by the Aero Corporation of California, Los Angeles, CA (Davis-Monthan pilots Jack Frye, Walter Hamilton and Paul Richter were principals with the company, which operated Standard Air Lines).  From the Register, it appears that NC3193 was operated as a liner for Standard between at least December 1927 and March 1928.

NC3193 landed at Tucson seven times during these four months, flown by Jack Frye, Lee Willey and Paul Richter, Jr.  All these men were pilots of the line for Standard Air Lines.  A total of 29 identified passengers were carried on the seven flights.  Los Angeles, CA, Douglas and Phoenix, AZ were their route points. 

The December 16, 1927 landing was important, because it was documented in one of the local (unidentified) newspapers I found at the Arizona Historical Society (AHS), below. It was a goodwill flight flown by Standard from Los Angeles to Tucson, Douglas and the general borderland area south of Tucson. It is unusual to have such documentation of a non-record-setting flight, with passenger names and a detailed timeline.

Unsourced News Article, December 16, 1927 (Source: AHS)

According to the Register, the passengers included Walter Hamilton, Mel Fickas, Harold Wilson, Mrs. F. D. Hubbel and R.E. Ellenwood. They landed at Tucson at 12:25PM. Notice the arrival time documented in the article. They remained overnight, departing the next day at 8:00AM for their return to Los Angeles.

Aero sold the airplane during August, 1928 to Harry J. Tucker, Santa Monica, CA. No bill of sale was submitted and Tucker wrecked the airplane shortly after purchase.  It was sold in wrecked condition on December 27, 1928 to O’Donnell Aircraft, Inc., Long Beach, CA

Lloyd O’Donnell rebuilt the airplane between August and December, 1928.  The fuselage was re-covered and Wright engine S/N 7646 was installed.  The wing and spars were rebuilt.  For some reason, the wing was three feet longer than the original, which did not conform to the ATC, therefore the airplane was not licensed by the CAA.

By February 1930, O’Donnell reported the airplane being operated in Mexico.  Indeed, on January 1, 1930, we find NC3193 landing at Tucson for the eighth time.  It was flown by Lloyd O’Donnell carrying two passengers D. Cole and W. Thornberg.  They were southbound from Mesquite to Nogales, AZ.

On February 18, 1930 (or maybe it was 2/23, NASM record not sure), at Oaxaca, Mexico the airplane crashed and was “washed out”.  The pilot was Milo Burcham of Whittier, CA.  He survived the crash. No further information.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 07/09/06 REVISED: 02/25/09, 02/25/14, 02/21/20

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