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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 (NASM), Washington, DC.




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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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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This airplane (S/N 102) was manufactured during February 1930 by the Ogden Aeronautical Corporation, Inglewood, CA. It left the factory with three American Cirrus engines of 90HP each (S/Ns L 126, C 130, R 158). It was a six-place airplane that weighed 4,500 pounds with a useful load of 1,656 pounds.

While it was initially approved with a "NC" registration, it was changed by the company to "NR" on July 11, 1930. It was "restricted for racing". It was modified by Ogden by having three chairs removed and three 30-gallon fuel drums, "securely fastened to chair sockets to compete as entry in All-American Derby sponsored by American Cirrus Engines, Inc., to begin July 31, 1930. On that same day, the airplane suffered an accident at Chicago, IL. It was repaired and re-licensed as "NC" as of September 15, 1930 under ATC Gr. 2-197.

NR398V landed at Tucson Friday, August 8, 1930 flown by H.H. Ogden carrying two unidentified passengers. Based in Los Angeles, CA they were westbound from El Paso, TX to Phoenix, AZ. An image of this airplane is available here. This landing at Tucson appears to be during the post-repair voyage from Chicago back to California, just before it was re-registered a month later.

Pilot Ogden had been at Tucson about six years earlier as mechanic on Leigh Wade's "Boston" World Flight Douglas Cruiser. You can see an image of him, fourth from the left, here.

By June 1931, now NC398V was based in Tacoma, WA to be, "entered in Washington-Oregon-Idaho Air Tour". But, as of June 14, 1931 it was grounded as unairworthy and ferried to the Ogden factory about August 25, 1931. It was placed in dead storage.

NC398V sold for the first time on February 6, 1933 to Louis A Charlebois of Santa Monica, CA. He re-registered it as "NR" as of April 18, 1933, and, in bureaucratese, "restricted to towing advertising banner and operation of radio advertising sound system in conjunction." Charlebois operated the airplane this way until August 1, 1934.

Next, Charlebois requested the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) that the airplane be grounded, as it was being operated, "in the vicinity of Colorado" without his permission. His letter is below.

Charlebois Letter to CAA, November 29, 1934
Charlebois Letter, November 29, 1934

The CAA located the airplane in the vicinity of Corpus Christi, TX. The CAA letter of March 20, 1935 states, "There has probably been some violation connected with the operation of this ship. We are now trying to establish the fact that passengers were carried while the ship was operating under restricted license; also that the ship was flown after the expiration of the license."

Charlebois sold NR398V on March 15, 1935 to Robert Willard Martin of Bowie, TX. It was sold, "with advertising banner, same radio equipment and neon lights." It was approved with the NR license through October 1, 1935. Upon expiration the CAA cancelled the registration. It was suspected that the airplane was, "sold into Mexico". No further information.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 01/17/08 REVISED: 09/07/11

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