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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


The top two images come to us courtesy of the Klein Archive of Aviation Photographs available for view on this Web site.


This airplane still exists on display at the Seattle Museum of Flight. A brief history is at the link.


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Boeing 100 NC872H
Boeing 100 NC872H

NC872H is a Boeing 100. It is the civilian version of the Boeing P-12-A. At left and below are two profile images of this airplane. Written on the first image is, "Boeing 100 Special Wasp 450, 'Milo Burcham' is painted on the head rest". Burcham named his aircraft the "Blue Flash". In this craft, Burcham won the International Aerobatic Championship.

This first image is identified as being taken in 1929. This is in error, since it is painted in Burcham's design and Burcham didn't own the ship until Sept. 27, 1933.

Friend of Mike Gerow writes, "The pic at left shows 872H circa 1936 when it went on an R license after Burcham's modifications for airshow work which included an inverted fuel system (that's the tank between the gear struts) and a smoke-generation system that he used for skywriting for Chevrolet."  There are, "... metal struts bolted to either side of the fuel tank supporting the exhaust pipe. As part of his modifications, Burcham had metal-skinned the fuselage, and I'm guessing that's also what was used to fair in the landing gear struts." 

"If you look carefully at the tail, it should say R872H. At this time, Burcham was sponsored by Chevrolet and had that name in large block letters across the entire top wing. According to Milo's younger son, Vance, the emblem in the blue tear drop portrayed a sweating buzzard about to be overtaken by a speeding bullet, symbolizing this plane. The pic at left was how the ship looked at the 1936 NAR when Burcham took the international aerobatic title."

Boeing 100 NC872H
Boeing 100 NC872H

The image, right, was identified as being taken in 1933 at Glendale, CA. Photo two identifies the engine as a, "P&W R-1340 Wasp of 450 HP; A/C S/N 1143".

Mike Gerow says this about this image, "The photo at right, probably taken in the 33-34 time frame, reflects the ship earlier in Burcham's career with it, when it still flew under an NC license."

Burcham brought this airplane to Tucson once on January 29, 1934.



Below, courtesy of Katy Ranaldi Closson (daughter of Register pilot Dick Ranaldi), is NR872H performing a knife-edge pass at the 1934(?) National Air Races. Notice the Bendix pylon in the background.

Boeing NR872H, 1934 (Source: Ranaldi)
Boeing NR872H, 1934 (Source: Ranaldi)

A motion picture of NR872H in flight is at the link (no guarantee of link stability; please let me KNOW if it's not available). The film shows Burcham performing acrobatics at the 1934 National Air Races in Cleveland, OH. Interestingly, the end of this film shows a formation of 24 Martin bombers enroute from March Field, Riverside, CA to Tucson, AZ. The record in the Register is indistinct as to whether the few Martin aircraft that landed in September, 1934 were part of this formation.

Below, courtesy of site visitor Stephen Green, is an undated view of 872H from the front starboard quarter. The size of the large radial engine can be appreciated in this photograph and the one just below.

Boeing 100 NC872H, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Green)
Boeing 100 NC872H, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Green)

The color image, below, is from the link. It was taken at Sky Harbor Airport in Northbrook, IL.. Mike Gerow says the image was, "... taken in 1937. Burcham sold it to Joe Thorne in Jan 1938. A close inspection of the top wing center section will reveal blue. Also note that the smoke generator pipe has been removed in this photo."

Boeing 100 NR872H, 1937 (Source: Web)
Boeing 100 NR872H, 1937 (Source: Web)

The hangar in the background still stands in Northbrook.


UPLOADED: 09/29/07 REVISED: 11/07/07, 07/28/11

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