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Some of this information comes from the biographical file for pilot Cook, CC-543000-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC. Relevant contents of his NASM file are at the link.


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.


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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.


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H. Weir Cook, Date Unknown (Source: NASM)
H. Weir Cook

His Name Lives on in Indianapolis

Harvey Weir Cook was born in Wilkinson, IN June 30, 1892. He died in New Caledonia on March 24, 1943 in an airplane crash while training young pilots for combat during WWII.

Distinguished Flying Cross, Popular Aviation, July, 1935 (Source: PA)

In between he became an ace (he was a "balloon buster") in France during WWI, and was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross in 1918. The circumstances of this decoration are documented above in an article from Popular Aviation (PA) magazine, July, 1935.

He was promoted to captain in 1919, flew air mail for the U.S. Army between Salt Lake City and Omaha, worked on the Hoffman cabin-chute for passenger transport airplanes, managed the Curtiss-Wright Flying Service base at Indianapolis, IN, and was recalled to active service in 1941. He served as Colonel during WWII.

He landed one time at the Davis-Monthan Airfield, signing the Register on December 20, 1926. He was solo, flying a Douglas O-2C, registration number 26-10. He was eastbound from San Diego, CA to Indianapolis, and wrote in the Remarks column of the Register, "Ferrying for I.N.G." He was no doubt tasked with providing this new observation plane for the Indiana National Guard.

More information about his contributions to aviation and a portrait can be found at the links in the left sidebar, and in this 2002 Indiana State Senate Resolution naming the new terminal at the Indianapolis International Airport in his honor. He held civil transport license number T4673.


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UPLOADED: 01/23/07 REVISED: 05/28/08, 06/29/14

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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, or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.  ISBN 978-0-9843074-4-9.


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