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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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 3887

An Experimentation with Engines

This aircraft is an American Eagle A-1, S/N 92 manufactured in December 1927 by American Eagle Aircraft Corp., 2330 Harrison St., Kansas City, MO. It was equipped with a Super Rhone (LeRhone “Quick Radial”) engine of unspecified horsepower.

It sold on January 13, 1928 to H.H. Patton and H.P. Warner, Union National Bank Bldg., Wichita, KS. This airplane got into trouble the minute it was turned over to the new owner. It suffered a forced landing accident at Kansas City on January 13 when the engine failed due to lack of oil. The pilot, Howard Jones had no injuries; the passengers, Mr. & Mrs. H.P. Warner, had minor injuries. The pilot, in employ of American Eagle, was loaned to Mr. & Mrs. Warner to fly to Lincoln, NB to visit Mrs. Warner’s mother.

The airplane must not have been badly damaged, since NC3887 landed a month later in Tucson on February 20, 1928 piloted by L.L. Jonas. He carried one passenger, F.E. Slaton. They were on their way to Barstow, CA from Kansas City, MO.

On April 3, 1928 Quick Air Motors (owned by Messrs. Patton and Warner) applied for a special license to use a LeRhone motor converted under Quick patents, for “demonstrating until the motor is approved.” Thus, the plane was probably being flown with passengers on January 13 and February 20 in violation of the special license issued because of the non-standard engine. The cart was clearly before the horse.

During the next seven years, the airplane changed hands ten times (including one transfer to satisfy a mechanic’s lien of $113.05). It was re-engined and re-covered three times each, and suffered two accidents. Through it all, it stayed in Kansas for most of its life. The last owner, from Wichita, reported the airplane, “Completely washed out in windstorm November 12, 1935; will not rebuild.” No further information or photographs.



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