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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.


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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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WACO 10-T NC8572

Registration Number NC8572

The Curse of Lake Michigan

This aircraft was a Waco 10-T (“taperwing”) with original manufacturer’s serial number A-82. The Advance Aircraft Company, Troy, OH built it on June 1, 1929. It left the factory at 2,600 lbs., with a 220 HP Wright Whirlwind J-5 engine S/N B-9827. It was a three-passenger airplane that visited the Airfield twice.

It sold on May 29, 1929 to John H. Livingston of Aurora, IL. Mr. Livingston was a well-known air racer of the era. He is the pilot for whom Richard Bach named "Jonathan Livingston Seagull". See NC6586 for an airplane Livingston flew.

Livingston sold the Waco on July 18, 1929 to Duncan Hodges of Lake Forest, IL, then on September 12, 1929 it transferred to fine artist Ralph Fisher Skelton of Chicago. You can see photographs at Skelton's page of what is probably NC8572. We find pilot Skelton with NC8572 at Tucson on January 27, 1930 westbound from El Paso, TX to San Diego, CA. A couple of weeks later, on February 10, 1930 he is eastbound from Yuma, AZ to El Paso, TX. Both times he carried passenger Jerry Wood.

Skelton flew NC8572 for a while and in April 1930 ground looped the airplane. It required two new wing struts. April was not a good month. A notation on the record states, “Ship and pilot disappeared over Lake Michigan on or about April 12, 1930.” Why?

Current aerial navigation charts of the Lake Michigan area specifically caution pilots about the possible loss of horizontal reference while over the Lake: the sky and water blend in the distance without linear definition of a horizon. It is easy for an inexperienced pilot (or an experienced pilot without a gyroscopic horizon) to suffer disorientation and vertigo under such a circumstance. As it is now, so it was then. The airplane’s registration was cancelled May 22, 1930.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 08/05/05 REVISED: 01/04/09, 06/11/23

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