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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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.

---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 a 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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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, or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.  ISBN 978-0-9843074-4-9.


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NC6503 landed at Tucson July 10, 1928. It was flown by William S. Brock. He carried two passengers, one of whom was identified as E.F. Achler. They landed in the morning among many other pilots as part of the Edsel Ford Reliability Air Tour for 1928. Based at Detroit, MI, they were westbound from El Paso, TX. They noted in the Remarks column of the Register, "National Air Tour." Two other photos of NC6503 on the ground at Dearborn, MI at the beginning of the Tour are at the link.

Below, courtesy of site visitor J.W. Tretter, we see NC6503 on the ground at Indianapolis, IN. Indianapolis was the first stop for the Tour. It visited there on June 30th, ten days before Brock and company landed at Tucson. The photograph is from the collection of visitor Tretter's father.

Bellanca CH NC6503 on the Ground at Indianapolis, IN, Ca. June 30, 1928 (Source: Tretter)
Bellanca CH NC6503 on the Ground at Indianapolis, IN, Ca. June 30, 1928 (Source: Tretter)

Also visible behind the Bellanca is NC5084, the Stearman C2-B flown by D.P. Levy (did not sign the Register, as far as I can tell). Please direct your browser to the link for the Stearman to learn that it was flown to Tucson by another pilot a couple of years later. It was destroyed in a crash circa 1937. As well, in the original image the Ford trimotor NC3443 is visible in the distance and identifiable by its race #2 on the fuselage.


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