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This information comes from the biographical file for pilot Faunce,   CF-073750-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.


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Warner Aircraft Officer

Lonnie C. Faunce, date Unk.

The content of the NASM dossier for pilot Faunce cited in the left sidebar is sparse.  It does, however, contain his pilot log book.  Relevant to our interest in his activity at the Davis-Monthan Airfield are these three pages from his pilot logbook (PDF download, 796KB).  They document his flights before and after Tucson, and place the Davis-Monthan Airfield in the context of his extended journey.

You’ll note on these pages that pilot Faunce visited Tucson and signed the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register once on November 12, 1934.  In the Register he noted that he flew Fairchild NC14364 westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA

His given name is Lawson A. Faunce. He was born April 29, 1896 and died December 27, 1985.  He was for a time a VP at the Warner Aircraft Co. in Detroit. This explains his flying in Fairchild 24s.  Warner engines were one of the stock powerplants for that model.

From his pilot log we can determine that he was on a fairly long, contiguous voyage beginning at his Home Base in Detroit, MI on November 2nd and ending with his return to Detroit on November 24, 1934.  In between he crossed the Midwest visiting key cities.  The chart below shows his itinerary between these dates.

Faunce Itinerary

He remained on the west coast from November 13-19, flying as far north as Oakland, and as far south as San Diego.  As he returned eastbound to Detroit later in November, his pilot log indicates he landed at Tucson once again on the 21st and probably stayed overnight.  However, he did not sign the Register during his second visit. He then departed for El Paso, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Decatur and home.

Lonnie Faunce in 1917, Chanute Field, IL (Source: Conciatu)
Lonnie Faunce, 1917

This long cross-country flight away from home, and his earlier log entry, “Delivery of plane”, suggests he might have been on a sales or demonstration trip for Warner. 

A rough tally from his pilot log shows he flew NC14364 well over 100 hours between his first mention of it on September 17, 1934, and the last, June 13, 1935. Perhaps he sold it, which would have been a real accomplishment in the depths of the Great Depression.


On December 27, 2006 I had the pleasure of meeting Doug Conciatu who allowed me to scan a few images of Davis-Monthan Airfield pilots and airplanes. Among them are these three of Lonnie Faunce. The images at left and below are credited to: The Douglas Conciatu Collection. He also provides Faunce's vital statistics. Thanks, Doug!

The image, left, shows him at Chanute Field in 1917 as a member of the military. I have no information on his military training or experience, or how it might have influenced his later activities in aviation. If you do, please contact me using this FORM.








Below is of Lonnie Faunce (L) and an unknown person standing in front of another Fairchild aircraft. Fairchild could be NC13169, which he flew to Parks Field, East St. Louis, IL on July 20, 1933.

Lonnie Faunce, left, date unknown (Source: Conciatu)
Lonnie Faunce, left

Image, below, of Lonnie Faunce (R) with Bill Warner of Warner Engines. This Waco RNF NC112Y appears in the Register on July 27, 1933. The airplane is S/N 3292 manufactured in 1930. It is owned by Warner Aircraft Corp., Detroit, MI and is the Warner factory demonstrator for their Scarab engine (note advertising on the fuselage). The date and location of the photograph are listed at the bottom left corner of the image as United Air Terminal, Burbank, CA, 1930. This photograph is signed on the right, but the ink is faded and it is difficult to read. It looks something like, "To one big ------ from another...Pop". The airplane is s/n 3292.

Lonnie Faunce (R) and Bill Warner, 1930 (Source: Conciatu)
Faunce & Warner

Faunce also landed once at Parks Airport, East St. Louis, IL.


Dossier 2.1.86

UPLOADED: 07/19/06 REVISED: 01/05/07, 01/09/07, 03/07/09, 03/03/10, 12/08/10, 07/29/14

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I'm looking for photographs of NC14364 to include on this page. If you have one or more you'd like to share, please use this FORM to contact me.
Thanks to Doug Conciatu for the bottom images on this page.
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