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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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.


Data about the National Air Races and Tours is available in the Aircraft Yearbook series (REFERENCES).


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WACO ATO NX5533/NC5533

Waco NX5533 is S/N A-7, manufactured during 1928. Waco NX5533 is recorded twice in the Register at Tucson. Both times it was piloted by John P. Wood.

On September 11, 1928 he was westbound from New York to Los Angeles, CA competing in the Class B transcontinental race in conjunction with the1928 National Air Races. Close to 50 airplanes landed at Tucson near the same date. They, as well as pilot Wood, were participating in the Races held at Mines Field, Los Angeles that year. Wood placed third (24:31:08) behind the winner John Livingston (22:56:59) in Waco NX7527 and Eddie Ballough who placed second (23:16:24) in a Laird.

Waco NX5533
Waco NX5533

The second landing by NX5533 and Wood was on September 22, 1928. This time he carried Stuart M. Auer as his sole passenger. They landed late in the afternoon and remained overnight at Tucson, departing the next morning at 6:00AM. Wood noted in the Remarks column of the Register, "return from races".

It was a busy summer of flying for Wood. A scant month earlier, he competed in the 6,300 mile National Air Tour of 1928, which ran from June 30-July 28. He placed first in this event with a total of 27,103.4 points. His airplane was painted with "Baby Ruth" on the fuselage, as the candy bar was his sponsor for the Air Tour. We know Wood landed at Tucson during that Air Tour, but did not sign the Register. The reason we know is that his airplane is captured on this motion picture film taken on the ground at Tucson on July 10, 1928. You will see "Baby Ruth" as the camera scans the airplanes on the parking line.

Below, NX5533 sits on the ground with an unidentified person (could be Wood). The location is unknown.

Waco NX5533 on the Ground
Waco NX5533 on the Ground, Tucson?

An excellent airborne image of NX5533 with two other sister ships, including Livingston's NX7527, can be found at the link on this site.

The good news is that NC5533 still exists, having been restored as of 2014 and pictured as below in the November, 2014 issue of AOPA Pilot magazine.

Waco NC5533, 2014 (Source: AOPA Pilot)
Waco NC5533, 2014 (Source: AOPA Pilot)



THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 01/08/07 REVISED: 02/25/08, 03/12/10, 09/17/16

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President (as of the upload date of this page) Andy Heins of the National Waco Club sent the images at left. Andy  runs the day to day business of the Club, and we should all thank him for the effort he expended to help us understand better the Waco aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield way back when.



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