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This link leads you to a book (pictured above) that 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. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.


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.


Use this link to the master linking hub to aircraft manufacturers relevant to this web site.


Top image (no. 00 26051) from the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


The NASM Curtiss-Wright finding aid, compiled in 1999 (PDF, 257KB), is available at the link.


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NUMBERS There were at least 540 landings logged by Curtiss aircraft in the Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. suite of Registers. Military aircraft comprised some of these and they are delineated in the table below, by Airfield. As you might imagine, the list of pilot names who flew them reads like a Who's Who of aviation leadership from that era, both civilian and military.

Curtiss Landings Identified in Airfield Registers
NUMBER OF LANDINGS (Total / Military)
Clover Field, Santa Monica, CA
24 / 12
Davis-Monthan Airfield, Tucson, AZ
280 / 226
Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale, CA
116 / 6
Parks Airport, East St. Louis, IL
77 / 19
Peterson Field, Colorado Springs, CO
30 / 1
Pitcairn Field, Willow Grove, PA
13 / 1

CURTISS COMPANY DETAIL A biography of company founder, Glenn Curtiss, is at the link (PDF 1.4Mb). A history of the Curtiss Company is at the link (PDF 2.14Mb). These readable review articles are from Popular Aviation, February, 1934.

CURTISS MILITARY AIRCRAFT All the Curtiss military aircraft models are pictured and discussed in the context of the Davis-Monthan Airfield and its pilots in the book pictured, cited and made available through the link at the top of the left sidebar.

Below, a group of Curtiss B-2 Condor Bombers at low altitude (note the shadows on the ground in this unusual action shot). There were 18 landings at the Airfield by Condor B-2 bombers between October 17, 1930 and November 11, 1933. Their pilots did not, except in two instances, identify their airplanes by number, therefore it is not clear if the airplane pictured ever landed at Tucson.

Curtiss Condor B-2 Bombers at Low Altitude
Curtiss Condor B-2 Bombers at Low Altitude

This image is of the 11th Bombardment Squadron. They are enroute from March Field to Mather Field (near Sacramento), CA. The photograph was taken over the Qehathapic Mountains sometime in 1932. Separately, and earlier, on Sunday April 20, 1929, three members of the Squadron landed at Tucson flying Keystone LB7 bombers. According to their entries in the Register, they stayed overnight, and departed the next morning at 10:00AM.


CURTISS CIVIL AIRCRAFT Civil Curtiss aircraft that are identified in the Davis-Monthan Register, and for which I have information, are as follows:

Civilian Curtiss Aircraft of the Davis-Monthan Register
Number Model Date
2694 JN4D 7/28/1928
2728 Oriole 9/23/1927
NC386E Robin 5/6/1929
NC767M Robin 2/8/1931

Please direct your browser to the links for further information. Curtiss Condors as they were used by American Airways, can be seen in the video at the link.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 01/24/08 REVISED: 12/02/08, 09/07/14

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