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Some of this information comes from the biographical file for pilot Bowman, CB-535000-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.





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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.



The National Air and Space Museum archives hold the Bowman family papers under accession number 1991-0042.

Check out this nice site published by Martie's grand daughter. Note the images of Les, Martie, friends and family.


To see another image of Martie Bowman, please follow this link to the Klein Archive of Aviation Photographs.


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Martie Bowman, Date Unknown
Martie Bowman, Date Unknown



Martie Bowman landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield twice. The first time in an Inland Sport, registry NC252N; the second time in a Waco A, registry NC12449. On neither visit did she write a date or time, but, from the nearby entries of her fellow pilots, she was there on August 24, 1931 the first time. She was inbound from Phoenix headed for Cleveland. The second visit was either April 21 or April 28th 1932 (westbound from El Paso). On this day, she was part of a flight of two with her husband, Les Bowman, flying another other Waco.


She kept fast company. On her visit in 1931, signed-in to the register (link to page) next to her were Phoebe Omlie (also headed to Cleveland), Gladys O’Donnell, Jean LaRene and Ruth Stewart (all headed to Douglas, AZ). Listed just below them, on the same day, was Z.D. (Zantford) Granville. He was flying GeeBee NC46V.


Ms. Bowman was a competitive air racer, as this earlier quote from the August 25, 1930 New York Times indicates:


“Mrs. Bowman Ahead at Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 24 (AP) –
Mrs. Martie Bowman of Hempstead,
L.I., the first of the contestants in
The Women’s Dixie Air Derby to
reach Memphis, landed at the
Municipal Airport at 4:29:21
o’clock this afternoon.
Mrs. Phoebe Omlie of Memphis
came in about three minutes later.
Miss Omlie still leads Mrs. Bowman
in elapsed time from Washington by
nearly two hours.”


A remarkable finding is that both of the airplanes flown by Ms. Bowman are currently registered with the FAA (as of January, 2001). The Waco is a UBA model, S/N 3600. It was last registered on 5/20/1999, and is owned by an individual in Zanesville, OH. The Inland is a model W500, S/N W-512. It was manufactured in 1929. It presently has a Warner Scarab series engine of 125 HP installed. An individual in Simpsonville, KY owns it.

The photograph below is shared with us by friend of, John Underwood. L to R are Martie's husband, Les, Martie and C.C. Ludlow. The airplane is Waco INF NC625Y, S/N 3368 (not a Register airplane).



Les Bowman, Martie Bowman & C.C. Ludlow, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Underwood)
Les Bowman, Martie Bowman & C.C. Ludlow, Date & Location Unknown (Source: Underwood)

The Bowmans had one daughter, Marnie, born September 6, 1920. Marnie passed away March 7, 2012. A Web tribute to Larnie Bowman was decommissioned by her daughter who sent me a PDF of her Web tribute for exhibit from this page. You may view that Web tribute to Larnie Bowman at the link (PDF 506kB).

Born on March 22, 1901, Marguerite E. "Martie" Bowman flew West on Friday, October 4, 1985.

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I'm looking for information and photographs of pilot Bowman and her airplanes to include on this page. If you have some you'd like to share, please click this FORM to contact me.



Both Ms. Bowman's aircraft are still registered with the FAA.

Although I tried, I was unable to make contact with either present owner.

Image, left, courtesy of Andy Heins.
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