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My sole resource for pilot Berry is the Sunday Star, Washington, DC November 27, 1932.




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, while supplies last.


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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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.


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, while supplies last.


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.  Available as a free download at the link.


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.


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.


Reinhold, Ruth. 1982. Sky Pioneering: Arizona in Aviation History. U. of Arizona Press. Tucson, AZ. 232 pp.


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Pilot Berry visited Tucson once between September 29th and October 1, 1931. He was carrying a passenger named Ernest Spear, enroute from San Diego, CA to Battle Creek, MI flying a Fleet, NC788V.

NC788V, Today

At left is an image from the second link above of NC788V. I have no images of pilot Berry, his passenger, or fiancee (below).

His itinerary to Battle Creek makes sense. The Washington Sunday Star of November 27, 1932 headlines, "PILOT TO WED ACTRESS." The article goes on to say, "Paul A. Berry and Helen Butterfield Get Marriage License".

Datelined Yuma, AZ, the article states further, "Helen Butterfield of Battle Creek, Mich., who recently has been doing motion picture work in Hollywood, and Paul A. Berry, transport pilot, also of Battle Creek, obtained a marriage license here this afternoon. They said they would be married by Justice of the Peace Earl A. Freeman later in the day. Miss Butterfield is the daughter of W.S. Butterfield, Eastern owner of a theater chain. Berry is an official of the A.B. Stove Works of Battle Creek."

Berry and NC788V also landed once at the Oakland Airport, September 19, 1931 at 9:20AM.


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