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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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



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Mildred Doran was a passenger in a Buhl Air Sedan. Although not identified in the Register, the airplane was almost certainly NX2915. Please direct your browser to the link to view the logic that says it was. Mildred Doran is pictured on this Web site at the link. Below is a news photograph of NX2915 with news credit. Note the wording painted on the engine inlet. NX2915 was named "Miss Doran." It was photographed nine days before it landed at Tucson.

Buhl Air Sedan NX2915, July 10, 1927 (Source: Web)
Buhl Air Sedan NX2915, 1927 (Source: Web)

Her pilot was Augie Pedlar and her fellow passenger was airplane owner William F. Malloska. They landed at Tucson Tuesday, July 19, 1927 at 9:00AM. Based at Flint, MI, they were westbound from El Paso, TX to San Francisco, CA. They were headed to Oakland, CA as competitors in the trans-Pacific Dole Race that departed Oakland August 16, 1927.

Please direct your browser to the links for the airplane and the Race for details of Mildred Doran's participation in the event that brought her through Tucson. A brief online article written by her niece provides additonal biographical points. Please let me KNOW if the link no longer functions.


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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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