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There is no biographical file for pilot Allison in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


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D.M. Allison landed solo at Tucson, Friday, May 18, 1928 at 8:45AM. He flew 29-136, an airplane he identified as a deHavilland DH. Although his airplane number is clearly written in the Register, Joe Baugher's site identifies that number as belonging to a Consolidated PT-3A. I have no explanation for this discrepancy. Regardless, he was based at Riverside, CA, March Field, and he was westbound from San Antonio, TX, Brooks Field back to Riverside. He remained on the ground at Tucson for 30 minutes before departing west.

We do have a small hint of why he was flying through Tucson that day. Below, from the Air Corp Newsletter for June 5, 1928, the last paragraph describes a ferry program to move deHavillands from San Antonio to March Field. Allison was one of the pilots given the task.

Air Corps Newsletter, June 5, 1929 (Source: Woodling)
Air Corps Newsletter, June 5, 1929 (Source: Woodling)

The type is not very clear in the above. Welcome to my world.

Army Register, 1929 (Source: Woodling)
Army Register, 1929 (Source: Woodling)

According to the Army Register for 1929, right, Allison learned to fly in 1924. The following year he specialized in bombardment.

Allison was born at East Point, GA on April 20, 1902. He passed away at Okmulgee, OK in 1983.



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Thanks to Guest Editor Bob Woodling for his help researching this page.


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