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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, 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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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FORD 5-AT-B NC9636


NC9636 was a Ford 5-AT-B, S/N 5-AT-10. It was a large, tri-motor airplane that served as the classic airliner in the U.S. and elsewhere during the late 1920s. NC9636 is logged once in the Davis-Monthan Register. It was flown by D.W. Tommy Tomlinson. NC9636 was flown as Maddux Airlines fleet #9. You can read "Maddux" under the wing in the photograph below from the link. The fleet number is on the rudder. Below, NC9636 appears on the ground being loaded from a United Parcel Service truck.

Ford NC9636, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Link via Woodling)
Ford NC9636, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Link via Woodling)

If I push this image in PhotoShop, I can see that the cases being loaded into the airplane are labeled "San Francisco" (going in the door), "Portland" (top case in the stack) and "Seattle." This suggests NC9636 was on the route from Los Angeles, where Maddux was based, up the coast to Washington state.

Tomlinson flew with four passengers: John W. Wiles, J.A. McCabb, R.E. Young and Miss M. Bartlett. They arrived on Tuesday, January 8, 1929 at 10:20AM. They were westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA. I do not know where they came from east of El Paso or if El Paso was as far east as they traveled. They remained on the ground at Tucson for 25 minutes before continuing west. Later, Tommy Tomlinson would be the first pilot of the Douglas DC-1. He, along with Register pilots Jack Frye and Charles Lindbergh developed the specifications for Douglas to work toward that resulted in the DC-1, 2 and 3 series of transport airplanes. Many DC-3s are still flying today.

About three months after we find it in the Davis-Monthan Register, NC9636 crashed at San Diego, CA, April 21, 1929.




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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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