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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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Fokker F-10A “Deluxe” NC586K


This aircraft was a Fokker F-10A “Deluxe”, S/N 1057 (ATC #96), manufactured in August 1929 by the Fokker Aircraft Corporation of America, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.  It left the factory with three Pratt & Whitney Wasp engines (S/N 1799, 1907, 1908) of 410 HP each. Below, courtesy of Mike Gerow, is a starboard profile of NC586K. The photo is probably from when the airplane was owned by R.S. McMillan (see below).

Fokker F-10A, NC586K, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Gerow)
Fokker F-10A, NC586K, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Gerow)

You can see another image of this airplane on this page.

NC586K on WAE Brochure
NC586K on WAE Brochure

At right, an interesting use of an image of the underside of the airplane, with Art Deco accents, on a Western Air Express brochure. You can view more such brochures, for various old and contemporary airlines, here. Another WAE Fokker on this site, with a motion picture of it in action, is at NC126M.

NC586K was purchased September 18, 1929 by the Aero Corporation of California (Aero), Los Angeles, CA. Davis-Monthan pilots Jack Frye and Paul Richter were principals with the company, which was a Fokker and Eaglerock distributor. As well, they were the founders and operators of Standard Air Lines). Aero transferred the airplane to R.S. MacMillan, Los Angeles, CA on October 5, 1929. 

We first find NC586K at Tucson on January 28, 1930 flown by Eddie Martin. He carried four unidentified passengers. They were westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA.

NC586K suffered an accident eight months later in September, 1930, at El Paso, TX.  There is no record of damage or injuries. Whatever the damages, they were repaired and its next visit to Tucson occurred on May 24, 1931. It was again flown by Eddie Martin carrying three passengers from Houston, TX to Los Angeles. Parenthetically, we find Martin and R.S. MacMillan together at Tucson on August 23, 1931. This time they flew in a Stearman C-3R Business Speedster, NC793H.

MacMillan sold NC586K back to Aero on May 11, 1932.  It underwent major overhaul of fuselage and wings during the period October 24 to November 21, 1932.  Aero sold NC586K to Western Air Express, Inc., Burbank, CA on November 22, 1932.  It remained with WAE a little over two years.  There is no information in the NASM record related to its activities or scheduling during that time.

On February 12, 1935, NC586K was sold to broker Charles H. Babb, Glendale, CA (Grand Central Air Terminal).  Two weeks later he sold it to Francisco Sarabia, Transportes Aereos de Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico.  The airplane was exported to Mexico.  No further information.



UPLOADED: 07/07/06 REVISED: 09/25/07, 12/21/07, 04/07/11, 08/30/16

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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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