The Davis-Monthan Aviation Field Register


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.



"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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.

"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.  Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-1-8.

"Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race" is available at the link. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. 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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-3-2.



Occasional press coverage of this site and other project activities is listed here.

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Since I started this project mid-2000, a BIG CROWD of people contributed to the effort in countless ways including interviews, letting me look at and photograph their airplanes in various states of disassembly and restoration, providing references, kibitzing, sharing data and images, helping with software problems, providing places to stay and something to eat around the country, and by absorbing my incessant monologues about what I think is one of the most interesting projects I have ever worked on.

I confer primary gratitude, and dedicate this Web site, to the three signers of the register I have met in person. Thanks to Bobbi Trout for sharing her personal memories of the women pilots of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. Sadly, Bobbi's wings folded on January 24, 2003 and we lost the last female signer of the Register. And thanks to Bill Piper, Jr. (flew West August 24, 2007, age 95) and to John Miller (flew West June 23, 2008, age 102) for welcoming and entertaining me, and for suffering through my questions about their cross-country adventures so long ago. It becomes apparent while speaking to these pioneers that, each time over the years we lose one, it is like having an entire library burn to the ground.

Bobbi Trout
Your Webmaster with Bobbi Trout

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Bill Piper, Jr.
With Bill Piper

Beth Piper photo

John M. Miller
With John Miller

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Tucson Staff

The personnel of the present Davis-Monthan Air Force Base deserve special recognition for their warm hospitality and for being continuing sources of information and inspiration. I'm especially grateful to them for allowing me to actually hold and peek into the original register, and for allowing me to visit the site of the original airfield on Air Force Base property, and for sharing with me the register page images and other information I make available to you on this Web site. Warm thanks to staff of the Arizona Historical Society in Tucson. Photo, left, of DMAFB and Arizona Historical Society personnel taken in front of the 1932 terminal building on the site of the old Davis-Monthan Airfield.

Many thanks to the curators and staff at the archives of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, and to the Home Office and Southwest Section of the International Ninety-Nines. The Home Office hosted me at their archives in Oklahoma City in order to research the female pilots of the register, and the Southwest Section invited me to attend their regional conference in Tucson in 2002. I'm especially grateful to all the current owners and restorers of Davis-Monthan register aircraft who hosted me at their offices, homes, hangars and workshops. These individuals are credited in the article available here EAA Female Pilot Article (a 1,384 KB PDF file).

Website Implementers

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Special thanks to the staff of The Web Professional, Inc., right, of Naples, FL. Their skills at site design and database functionality with Web integration make this Web site operate in a much more sophisticated way than if I had tackled development and implementation alone. Left to right, Shell Lanius, Your Webmaster (holding his copy of the Davis-Monthan Register) and Kelly Newberry, President.

I'm particularly indebted to my good friend Suzette DeGuzman for lending her consummate Microsoft Access database skills and brainpower to the project. works reliably and efficiently because of her  initial help with the Access database that drives the site. She has been a cheerful and patient contributor. Please also see the FRIENDS page.

Finally, I thank all the people and organizations whose images and Web pages I have referenced. They are used, wherever possible, with citations giving credit to the source. If you are browsing this site and find an image or a Web site you don't want cited, please let me know via CONTACT US and I'll change them immediately. We can easily remedy any concern you might have by removing or crediting in a way amenable to you, preferably the latter.

As always, contact is welcome from others interested in Golden Age flight, which may add insight to the early Davis-Monthan Airfield, its pilots and their aircraft, and to their history. Please use (CONTACT US). Here's a brief biography of Your Webmaster.



The Register

The following people have provided images and texts that are used throughout my site. I am grateful for my conversations with them, and for their willingness to share their images and artifacts with me. They have enriched this site in many ways.

Charles Cooper, Manager, Winkler County Airport, Wink, TX. Brochures (1931 National Air Races; Monocoupe, etc.) and images of a variety of people and aircraft.

Louis Hudgin. Images and artifacts related to his uncle, Al Hudgin, pilot signatory and FBO manager at the Airfield during the 30s.

Gwen Lisa (pictured left), of the current D-MAFB for providing the high-resolution images of the Register pages for use on this site.

Ruth Richter Holden. Images and texts related to her father, Paul Richter, Jr. pilot signatory for Standard Air Lines.

Geoffrey Parker and the Parker Family Archives for the very rare film footage of NC126M.

Alan Thomas, who was taught to fly by Al Hudgin in 1939, for his information and images of the Davis-Monthan Airfield during the 30s, and some of the motion picture footage viewable on this page.

Tim Kalina for his Lockheed aircraft expertise.

Andy Heins, National Waco Club President, for his Waco aircraft expertise.

C. Burton Cosgrove, III for the Cosgrove Collection.

Mike Gerow for the Gerow Collection, and for information and many images distributed around the site.

Ed Russell for the Harold "Hap" Russell Collection.

Lizbeth Zemke and Scott Willey for the Lee Willey Collection.


More individuals and groups who have helped are found at the FRIENDS, IMAGE COLLECTIONS, and GUEST EDITORS buttons at the top of the page.


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