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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.

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To see another image of this airplane, please follow this link to the Klein Archive of Aviation Photographs.

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Stearman NC8809 landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield three times. Each time it was flown by Ross Hadley. He landed on November 10, 1930, noting "T-3189" next to his name. His transport pilot license number, no doubt. He was carrying passenger John E. Pratt northwest bound from El Paso, TX to Phoenix, AZ.

On November 24, 1930 he landed carrying May Hadley on their way from Phoenix to Lordsburg, NM. The airplane was registered "NR" on this occassion.

On August 22,1932 he was eastbound from Yuma, AZ to Cleveland, OH carrying one unidentified passenger. They were probably headed to the National Air Races, which were held in Cleveland that year between August 27th and September 5th. According to the Aircraft Year Book for 1933 (left sidebar), Hadley placed way down (33rd) on the list of finishers of the Pacific Wing of the Cord Cup Race (transcontinental air derby).

NC8809, Netherlands, Date Unknown

The image above was provided by site visitor Dennis Loep (cited, right sidebar) of Enschede, Netherlands, whose grandfather took the photograph when NC8809 visited Europe, probably after Hadley's disastrous attempts to get NC5310 on the same voyage during 1929. Ross had an ego, as both this airplane and NC5310 had his name writ large on the fuselage.

The location of the image is Schiphol, Amsterdam, which is now the national airport. It was not much more than a luxury grassfield during the Golden Age. In his initial email to me, Dennis said on March 20, 2006, "I have a picture of NC-8809 in two-tone livery with Ross Hollywood (in a large arrow) USA on the side.... Picture was taken on a "Vluchtsportdag", a sports flying day at Schiphol, Amsterdam. I think 1934. My grandfather was a pilot and aviation buff and I have a lot of domestic (Dutch) aviation pictures from him. I guess he visited the Sports flying day at Schiphol and took this picture (and a lot more, but Dutch planes). In an old album I found this picture of NC8809 about 4 hours ago and started a look-see on internet."

Hadley also raced in the 1938 National Air Races (Beechcraft NC18776, not a Register airplane). In addition, he was the 6th owner of Pancho Barnes' Travel Air NC4419.

UPLOADED: 04/03/06 REVISED: 09/29/07, 11/07/07, 08/25/11

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Does anyone know why Hadley went to Europe with NC8809?


Many thanks to Dennis and other contributors who have allowed me to use their information and images.

This is how it works, folks. Where would this website and I be without grandfathers who took pictures so long ago, and grandsons and other kin who can whiz around the world on the web looking for information about their ancestors' pictures? See these other examples: NC126M, Paul Richter, J.B. Alexander, NC4834. There are many more.

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