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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.


http://www.cafepress.com/content/global/img/spacer.gifThe Congress of Ghosts is an anniversary celebration for 2010.  It is an historical biography, that celebrates the 5th year online of www.dmairfield.org 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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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Here we see about 35 seconds of the visit of Lester Maitland and Albert Hegenberger to Tucson on June 20, 1927. Their airplane is a Fokker C-2, 26-202, named "Bird of Paradise". They are on their way to San Francisco, CA to attempt a trans-Pacific flight to Hawaii.

This is a silent film. Use your cursor and the menu bar below the image to control the movie.

The film misses their arrival and we begin with the airplane being fueled from a truck. They had arrived from El Paso, TX enroute to San Diego, CA. Next we see three men standing in front of the airplane. On the left is Hegenberger, center is Maitland and the gentleman on the right is unidentified.

Next, Hegenberger and the unidentified gentleman walk under the port wing as several men attend to the port engine. Chances are that among these men are Fred Herman, Bradley Jones and Jim Rivers, all passengers in the C-2. Rivers was assigned as the mechanic for the trip.

Then the film shows the airplane preparing to taxi for takeoff, the pilots throwing the empennage around and momentarily obscuring the camera with a cloud of dust.

They wrote "Honolulu or bust" in the remarks column of the Register. Indeed, they began their trans-Pacific flight from San Francisco on June 28 at 7:00 AM. They covered the 2,400 miles in 25 hours 49 minutes and 30 seconds.

Coming on the heels of Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight a month earlier, their victory over the Pacific Ocean made great news and ushered in a couple of more attempts to cross the Pacific that summer. One of the more noted and successful was that of Art Goebel and Wm. Davis in the Travel Air "Woolaroc".


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UPLOADED: 04/03/07 REVISED: 04/21/19

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This clip is shared with us through the courtesy of Les Wolf & Family of Tucson.  The films come to us through Lt. Col. (RET) Alan Thomas, long-time friend of dmairfield.org.  The original film, camera and projector belonged to Les Wolf’s step dad; John Phieffer.  According to Mr. Wolf’s late grandmother Mr. Phieffer owned the first 16mm equipment in Tucson at the time.  The films, original camera and projector were retrieved during a remodel of the family home in January 1989.

At that time the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson was undergoing substantial remodeling and they discovered footage of its original construction among the film reels.  The films were donated to the Arizona Historical Society and to local TV stations, which used them in their broadcast stories about the Temple of Music and Art.

Mr. Wolf says, “My father (… now deceased) was born in Tucson (1917) and [lived] thru all that history [which] didn’t impress him as it did me.  Subsequently he “allowed” donation of these materials in our shared name; Les Wolf & family.  All my family dearly loves Tucson and its history.  On their behalf, thank you for your interest.” 

It is we who should thank Mr. Wolf and Lt. Col. Thomas!

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