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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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



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Real Estate Developer; Early Adopter of Business Aviation

Harry H. Culver

The Culver family visited the Davis-Monthan Airfield five times between July 2, 1928 and December 7, 1929.  Thanks to one visitor to our site (see credit in the right sidebar), we are fortunate to have a fairly complete history of the Culver family, one of the airplanes they landed with at Tucson, NC/X9617, and the pilot who flew the airplane for the family, James B. Dickson

Harry Hazel Culver was an early California real estate developer and founder of Culver City, CA.  He served about a year as the president of the National Association of Real Estate Boards and was an active campaigner for Herbert Hoover.  In both of those capacities he logged thousands of air miles and made a name for himself promoting flight. 

This image of Harry Culver was taken when he was president of the National Association of Real Estate Boards. His Stinson-Detroiter is behind him.  He was at the beginning of a year-long tour of the Association's 624 member boards. 

Harry Culver was born January 22, 1880 in Milford, NE, and died August 17, 1946 in Hollywood, CA.  He married Lillian Roberts June 9, 1916.  They had one child, Patricia.  His gravesite is at the link.

The image below shows the Culver entourage with a porter (loading suitcase into compartment), and Western Union deliveryman in front of starboard side of plane.  The principals are, from left to right, Lillian (Roberts) Culver, Patricia Culver, pilot James B. Dickson and Harry Culver.  Note the boot shines and impeccable dress.  Can anyone identify the motorcycle?

Culver Family

Lillian (Roberts) Culver was born March 23, 1896 in Loveland, CO, and died September 23, 1999 in Los Angeles, CA.  She was an actress in silent movies before she married Harry Culver, and after his death she returned to acting on the radio, on the stage (Pasadena Playhouse), in several TV programs, and in some movies of the late 1950s and early 1960s.  Most of her TV and movie works are listed at her Internet Movie Database page.

Patricia Culver was born August 11, 1917 in Los Angeles and died there December 12, 2001.  She married John Allen Battle (Sr.) November 16, 1941.  They had two sons, one of whom is the father of Robert Battle (right sidebar), who has supplied the wonderful information and images you see on this page, and on the web pages for NX/C9617 and pilot Dickson

The image below shows the same group as above from farther away (whole plane and a couple of hangars visible).

Culver Family

Culver and Dickson visited Tucson in another Stinson Detroiter owned by Culver, NC1517. It was 9617, however, that they flew for the national tour on behalf of the National Association of Real Estate Boards. Culver's brother, Clarence Curtis Culver, was a Register signer and was a military aviator of importance and achievement.


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THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 09/10/06 REVISED: 09/07/10

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Images and information on this page, and those for pilot J.B. Dickson and Stinson Detroiter NC/X9617 comes to us from Robert Battle, great grandson of H.H. Culver. Our warmest thanks to Rob.

I have only optimized and sized these images for use on the web. I have not cropped or modified them in any other way. You are seeing them as they were shared by Mr. Battle.


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