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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 here. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.


This link leads you to a book 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.


"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.  Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.


"Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race" is available at the link. Or 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.


The news references on this page are shared in the spirit of the "fair use" clause of the U.S. Copyright law for the expressed purposes of education and discourse about the Golden Age of Aviation, its people, places and events.


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Below, a chronological listing of relevant newspaper and magazine coverage directly related to the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. I provide for you either an image of the article or a PDF download of the original article(s), followed by links to information relevant to the Register. The point of this section of dmairfield.org is to present then current aviation news within the cultural context of other contemporary newsworthy information.

OAKLAND TRIBUNE, Oakland, CA, December 26, 1924 - 624KB PDF. Reports a precautionary landing by pilot Oakley G. Kelly and his passenger. This front page holds several interesting, non-aviation articles. Note especially, at the bottom of the page, the passing of Daniel K. Lester, 86, who was the engineer aboard the armored ship Monitor when it battled the Merrimac during the Civil War.

November 3, 1926 Annie Oakley died.

IRONWOOD DAILY GLOBE, Ironwood, MI, December 12, 1927 - 500KB PDF. In two separate articles, cites Charles Lindbergh as recipient of Congressional Medal of Honor, and his preparations for his trip to Mexico.

OAKLAND TRIBUNE, June 12, 1928 - 711KB PDF. Exhibits image of Register pilot "Boots" LeBoutillier. Note also the cartoon at lower left "Parking With Peggy". Source: M. Gerow.

1922 Radio Set (Source: Montgomery Ward Catalog)

THE MONTANA STANDARD, December 25, 1928 - 380KB PDF. Cites Register pilots R.E. Fisher and Francis D. "Chief" Bowhan. Source: M. Gerow.

MODESTO NEWS-HERALD, August 14, 1929 - 410KB PDF. Describes the crash, into Lake Erie near Cleveland, OH, of Register pilot Cy Caldwell. Caldwell (identified as the pilot) and two passengers were rescued by a passing steamer; co-pilot was missing. Source: M. Gerow.

FRESNO BEE, August 29, 1929 - 545KB PDF. Here is a front page to remember. It includes stories about six different Register pilots, all involved in different flying activities of the day. It gives us a clear indication that the people, aircraft and events recorded in the Register were big deals within U.S. culture at the time. Louise Thaden and Gladys O'Donnell are competing and winning in the 1929 National Air Races. Lady Mary Heath is crashing her airplane through a roof. Ira Eaker and Bernard Thompson are interrupted in their long-distance, refueled airmail delivery attempt, and Charles Lindbergh is cited in South America exploring air routes. As well, we find a tongue-in-cheek treatise by Will Rogers regarding the presence of power lines near airports. Thursday the 29th was indeed a day rich in aviation news on the west coast. Source: M. Gerow.

POPULAR AVIATION magazine, October, 1931. Summarized the numbers of pilots certificated in the United States, left. The link takes you to a mass of Popular Aviation magazines scanned and placed online by Google Books. If you click page 31 of the series, that will get you to the years 1929-32.

Pilot Numbers, Popular Aviation Magazine, October, 1931 (Source: PA)


Female Pilot Numbers, Popular Aviation Magazine, October, 1931 (Source: PA)


Note the breakout of numbers of female pilots. Curiously, the same issue of Popular Aviation cited women's number as at right. There are slight discrepancies.

September 4, 1932 - Pilot Al Wilson killed at the National Air Races in Cleveland. See news clippings at John M. Miller's page.

DAILY HERALD, Tyrone, PA, September 2, 1935 - 823KB PDF. Labor Day 1935 saw Benny Howard beating Roscoe Turner in the Bendix transcontinental derby of the National Air Races. Register pilot George Sherwood lost his life that foggy morning at Union Air Terminal in the crash of a Western Air Express airliner. He died almost at the same place Cecil Allen died the previous Friday.

Further, a dirigible hangar was opposed by the Navy. The recent, spectacular destruction of the airships Shenandoah, Akron and Macon, as well as the developing tactical superiority of the Navy's flying boats, spelled doom for large, rigid airships. As well, rumblings of WWII are found in an article about Nazi harassment of German Catholics. The hangar article continues on this page, just below a collage of President Roosevelt's Labor Day law making. Note the Philco radio advertisement. Source: M. Gerow.

May 9, 1936 Zeppelin Hindenberg explodes in New Jersey.



UPLOADED: 04/14/08 REVISED: Continuously, as new material becomes available

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Most of the news references on this page come to us courtesy of long-time friend of dmairfield.org, Mike Gerow. Thanks to Mike!

The articles cited on these pages are of specific interest to the people, aircraft, places and events recorded by hand in the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register.

You're downloading an entire newspaper page, on which the article(s) are clearly identifiable. However, if you scan around the pages you'll find interesting bits of history regarding crop yields, police blotter items, marriages, contemporary gangsters, vintage advertising, etc. All in all, these pages give us exciting insight into the "Golden Age".


It is worth repeating a clarification I make on the HOME page:

"This Web site includes history, analysis and commentary about the Golden Age of Aviation, which comprises roughly 1920-1940. It includes accounts summarized from personal anecdotes, news media and other publications of the era.

"Some of these contain references to race and gender that are clearly racist and sexist when interpreted according to 21st century social values. These references are not reinterpreted or edited for contemporary readers. Rather, they are reported as is with the understanding that your Webmaster has no intention whatsoever of demeaning or attaching any differential value to any race, gender, creed or belief."


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