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

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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.

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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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R. L. BAUMGARDNER

Lt. Col. R. Baumgardner, China, 1943
Lt. Col. R. Baumgardner, Left, China, 1943

I have nothing but this image from the Smithsonian regarding pilot R.L. Baumgardner. He landed and signed the Register on Tuesday, February 19, 1929. He was piloting Travel Air NC6045. By all indications he was a civilian pilot on that date (he listed no rank and was not flying a military airplane).

He carried a single passenger, Mary Von Mach. Based in Detroit, MI they were southeast bound from Phoenix, AZ toward Lordsburg, NM.

Von Mach was one of 39 female pilots to sign the Register. She had previously landed at Tucson the preceding Wednesday, February 13, 1929, carrying Baumgardner as passenger. At that time they were northwest bound from Lordsburg to Phoenix.

The image at left, clipped from a group of five officers, was annotated, "... Lt. Col. R. Baumgardner ... China, 1943."

 

 

 

 

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