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Kenneth Eugene Gabbert, Pre-1930 (Source: Woodling)


Gene Gabbert landed once at Tucson, Wednesday, September 5, 1928 at 10:35AM. He carried a single passenger, Arthur Hardgrave, in the Inland Sport he identified as NX7255. Based at Kansas City, MO, they arrived from Lordsburg, NM. They remained on the ground for 25 minutes, departing for the La Osa Guest Ranch at 11.:00AM. Arthur Hardgrave owned La Osa. Notice of his purchase of the property appeared in the Kansas City Star of October 23, 1927, below.

Kansas City Star, October 23, 1927 (Source: Woodling)


Besides being president of the City Ice Company in Kansas City, Hardgrave would also become president of the Inland Aircraft Company.

On September 5, 1928, passenger Hardgrave and Gabbert were westbound, via La Osa, on their way to the 1928 National Air Races in Los Angeles, CA. Details of their airplane, Hardgraves interest in aviation, La Osa and the Inland Aircraft Company, and information about the other Inland aircraft signed in the Davis-Monthan Register are at the link and the links therefrom.

Gene Gabbert also landed once at Peterson Field, on August 25, 1929, arriving from Kansas City, MO and piloting Lockheed Vega NC394H. You will find the complete biography for Gabbert at the Peterson Field Web site at the link. Gabbert and four passengers were killed in Texas in a crash with NC394H about a year after his landing at Peterson Field. Details at the link.




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