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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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.


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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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, or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.  ISBN 978-0-9843074-4-9.


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Darr Alkire (December 31, 1903 to July 22, 1977) landed solo and signed the Register on Thursday, May 29, 1930. He flew a Douglas O-32 that he identified as "183." He appears to have been one of a flight of four originating at Riverside, CA March Field. His flight remained on the ground for a half hour before continuing eastbound toward El Paso, TX. His fellow pilots were Lee Wasser, Keith Park and Wentworth Goss. All flew Douglas O-2s and all signed "OK" in the remarks column of the Register.

Pilot Alkire has a good Web presence. One biography, including a photograph, is at the link. That biography states, "In April 1930 he became a flying instructor at the Flying School at March Field, Calif...." This suggests a possible reason for his passage through Tucson. Perhaps his flight of four was a routine cross-country training flight.

His assignments, promotions and awards are described in this biography in the same words as in his official US Air Force biography at the link. These two biographies comprise a good introduction to him and their contents will not be restated here. He rose to the rank of Brigadier General.

He is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery ot the Pacific at Honolulu. Photographs and information are at the link.



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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.


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