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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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WACO 10 NC8505

Registration Number NC8505

An Illinois Airplane Plagued By Wind And Accidents

This aircraft was a Waco 10 with original manufacturer’s serial number 1813. The Advance Aircraft Company, Troy, OH built it on March 11, 1929. It left the factory at 2,050 lbs., with a 90 HP Curtiss OX-5 engine S/N A-4981. It was a three-passenger airplane.

It sold on March 11, 1929 (via Chicago Aero Sales of Lyons, IL) to Ralph D. Schellenberger of Cicero, IL. A little over a year later, on May 5, 1930, it was wrecked by violent winds on the ground at La Grange, IL. It was repaired and returned to service on June 20, 1930.

Near that time, on August 22, 1930, we find NC8505 at Tucson. It was eastbound from Los Angeles, CA back to to Chicago, piloted solo by Charles A. Rector.

A year later, on August 1, 1931, the airplane was sold to Edward Sass of Hinsdale, IL, and then to Chicago Aero Sales Corp. of La Grange, IL on July 26, 1932 after an accident at Des Plaine, IL on July 8th. Chicago Aero fixed it and it was back flying again on August 3, 1932 with 583:20 total flight hours.

On October 19, 1932 it suffered its final accident at Morris, IL and was, “washed out.” Registration cancelled November 7, 1932. R.I.P NC8505.

UPLOADED: 08/05/05 REVISED: 10/21/11

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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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