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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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Registration Number NC9174

Oil, Mapping And Teaching

This aircraft is a Fairchild 71, S/N 646 (ATC #89), manufactured in May, 1929 by Fairchild Airplane Manufacturing Corp., Farmingdale, NY. It left the factory with a 410 HP Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine, S/N 1527 as a seven-place airplane. It weighed 5,500 pounds. The airplane came equipped with flares, electric starter, battery, generator and landing lights.

It sold on May 31, 1929 to Lionel T. Barneson of Los Angeles, CA for $19,996. Barneson was President of General Petroleum Corp.). In a corporate exchange, the airplane transferred to Bankline Oil Company of Los Angeles (John Barneson, President) on February 1, 1931.

We find NC9174 at Tucson on January 30, 1932 piloted by Pat Farris carrying L.T. Barneson and other unidentified passengers. They were eastbound from Santa Monica Clover Field on their way to “Florida”. Undoubtedly a vacation flight.

Bankline owned the airplane until 1935. They flew it for 1930 hours, re-covered it, and cut a camera hole in the floor as of April 9, 1932. It suffered an accident on September 25, 1934 requiring repairs to the left wing and landing gear.

Bankline sold it to Fairchild Aerial Surveys of Woodside, NY on May 22, 1935. The same month, the fuselage was adapted for two cameras, three chairs were removed and a seatbelt installed for the cameraman. During 1937-38 it received authority to perform mapping flights over Mexico and Guatemala. On March 22, 1938 it was recalled to the U.S. and Fairchild NR8016 was substituted for mapping in Guatemala.

It performed aerial survey duties until 1940, accumulating 3,184 flight hours. On March 1, 1940 it sold to a broker at Metropolitan Airport in Van Nuys, CA. On September 3, 1942 it transferred to the California State Board of Education at Sacramento, CA, “to be used by Glendale Unified School District for ground school instructional purposes.” And so it was used for that purpose until 1949. Its registration was cancelled September 27, 1949. Curiously, it still remains on the FAA Registry as a de-registered aircraft, below.

FAA Record for Fairchild NC9174, December 27, 2019 (Source: Link)

FAA Record for Fairchild NC9174, December 27, 2019 (Source: Link)

NC9174 also appears in the Register of the Grand Central Air Terminal during 1931-32.


UPLOADED: 08/16/05 REVISED: 12/27/19

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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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