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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.

Aircraft image from Arizona Daily Star, Spring, 1970.



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.


The 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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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 NC4280

Local Plane Lost

Here is another example of the short life of many of the aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield. NC4280 was barely four months old when it was wrecked by Gilbert W. Sykes flying on a letter of authorization.

This aircraft is a Waco 10, S/N 1298. The Advance Aircraft Co., Troy, OH built it on February 14,1928. It was equipped with a 90 HP Curtiss OX-5 engine, S/N 5077. It weighed 2,025 pounds. It was purchased in February by American Aircraft Corp. (Theodore T. Hull, Pres.), Merritt Bldg., Los Angeles, CA. American Aircraft was a Waco distributor, based at Clover Field, Santa Monica, CA.

Waco 10, NC4280

It was sold on Febrary 22, 1928 for $2,590 to Charles W. Mayse of Tucson: it lived its life as a local airplane. Mayse ran the Mayse Air Service from his own private airfield, offering flight training and charters. He sold it “prior to” June 2, 1928 to Irene L. Lindley of Tucson, with no transfer papers or application. Ms. Lindley was soon to become Gilbert Sykes' wife.

NC4280 appears in the Register twice, on May 4th and June 5. 1928, flown each time by Gilbert Sykes, a local Tucson pilot. Each time he was flying in from Phoenix. Five days after his last Register entry, on Jue 8, 1928, pilot Sykes had an accident with NC4280 near Prescott, AZ. The accident report cites, “Light air conditions at high altitude. Plane went into spin from stall when turn was attempted to avoid a mountain. Insufficient height above ground for recovery.” Pilot Sykes endured “minor injuries.” You can see an image of the aftermath of this accident at the Sykes link above.


UPLOADED: June 2005 REVISED: 01/23/06, 10/07/07, 06/11//23

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