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There is no biographical file for pilot Gustine in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


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Pilot Gustine landed twice at Tucson as pilot in command of an aircraft. He landed at least one other time as a passenger (see below). His first visit as a pilot was on Sunday, February 19, 1928, at 4::40PM. He carried W.M. Hopkins in a Curtiss JN-4D "Jenny" he identified as NC3551. According to the Register, they were based at Tucson at this time at the Mayse Airport. He remained on the ground overnight, departing the next day at 4:45PM, apparently on a round robin flight with return to Tucson. Photograph, below, from Flying & Popular Aviation (PA) magazine, December, 1940.

Paul Gustine, Flying & Popular Aviation, December, 1940 (Source: PA)
Paul Gustine, Popular Aviation, December, 1940 (Source: PA)

Gustine's second landing as a pilot was on Sunday, September 21, 1930 at 4:45PM. He was solo this time, and identified his home base as Los Angeles, CA. He arrived from Yuma, AZ in the Great Lakes NC844K. He did not cite a departure date or destination.

Contributor to dmairfield.org, John Underwood has this to say about Gustine. He compiled the information from articles in old Popular Aviation magazines, which became today's Flying magazine. "Paul V. Gustine held Transport License 1856.  He’s almost certainly among passengers shown on the fragment of the first entry with [Register pilot] Al Gilhousen in the Standard [*see below].   Gustine was an actor in Hollywood in the early '20s when he decided to move his wife to Tucson for health reasons.   The upshot of that was [Register pilot] Charley Mayes taught him to fly with Ted Hereford et al in 1928.  His first airplane was a very early Heath Parasol with an Anzani engine, which was one of a kind.  Later he had the Great Lakes, NC844K., shown on [Register] page 146.  Gustine became a pilot for Standard Airlines in 1928 and that led to flying Fords and Fokkers for T&WA and American, but not sure in what order.   One of his charters for AA was Eleanor Roosevelt.  When the Air Mail contracts were cancelled in 1934 he resumed his acting career and I believe took a job flying charters and joyriders in [Paul] Mantz’s Ford. " 

*A fragment of paper in the original Register (not a page of the Register) lists Gustine as a passenger with Register pilot Al Gilhousen. Image below is of that fragment:, an "official" part of the Davis-Monthan Register. I adjusted the contrast of this image for easier readability. I'm pretty sure the date is February 6, 1925 or 26, because the Register was not placed at the Airfield until 1925.

"First Page" of the Davis-Monthan Register, Ca. 1925 (Source: Webmaster)
"First Page" of the Davis-Monthan Register, Ca. 1925 (Source: Webmaster)



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