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Some of this information comes from the biographical file for pilot Anderson, CA-090600-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


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Most of this information is from the "Blue Book of Aviation", Roland W. Hoagland, Ed., published in 1932 by The Hoagland Company, Publishers, Los Angeles, CA. 292 pp.

The cover of this handsome book is deeply engraved, and the fly leaves are printed with terrific art deco accents. Inside are brief biographies of contemporary aviation figures, as well as tables of various data.

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Arthur C. Anderson landed at Tucson three times. On August 19, 1929 and on December 19, 1931 he carried his wife, Grace Anderson, as passenger. On June 3, 1931 he carried an unidentified passenger. At the time, he cited his home base as Phoenix, AZ. He flew Monocoupes on all his visits, landing twice in NC7326 (I need IMAGES of this airplane). He was a newly minted pilot at the time of his landings (see below).

According to the Blue Book of Aviation, 1932, Anderson was born on January 19, 1901 at Des Moines, IA and educated through three years of high school. He married Verna L. Petz, of Santa Ana, CA on January 26, 1927. That marriage must not have lasted long, because his wife in 1929 was Grace.

Anderson received his flight instruction at Parks Air College in East St. Louis, IL in 1929. He completed his advanced training at Martin’s Airport, Santa Ana, between June 1929 and September 1930. During that time he served at Martin’s Airport as a pilot, and was employed as an instructor for the Orange County Flying Club from January to May, 1930.

He became associated with Santa Ana Airways, Ltd. engaged in commercial aviation and conducting a flying school at Santa Ana in July 1930, remaining there until 1932.

He held Transport Pilot license No. 8008, as well as Airplane and Engine (mechanic) license No. 7588. In 1932 he was owner of an OX Travel Air, registration NC9032. That airplane never landed at Tucson, but it was a frequent visitor at Peterson Field, landing there four times during the summer of 1939.


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UPLOADED: 12/23/05 REVISED: 01/16/08

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