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This information comes from the biographical file for pilot Black, CB-155600-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


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.


This link leads you to a book that 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.

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Capt. Edward C. Black (R), Ca. 1920-22
Capt. Edward C. Black (R), Ca. 1920-22

The NASM biographical file for Capt. Black is sparse, containing only the image at left. This photograph was annotated by his son, Edward C. Black, Jr., himself a Colonel in the Air Force, as follows:

"Capt. Edward C. Black, Wright Patterson (??) 1920-21-22 (??). Testing parachutes. Rode on wing during takeoff and at altitude slipped off into the void."

Captain Edward C. Black signed the Register at Tucson six times between 1927 and 1929. For those he identified in the Register, he flew Douglas and Keystone aircraft. One Keystone, the LB-7 28-391, is pictured on this site at the link. For most of the times he visited Tucson, he was based at Rockwell Field, San Diego, CA.

Most of his flights appeared to be cross-country to and from San Diego. One, a 1927 flight in a Douglas O-2C, was identified as a "Ferry" from San Diego to New York.

This is all the information I have for E.C. Black. If you can help flesh out his biography, please use the contact form in the right sidebar.


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