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Information comes from the biographical file for pilot Hickam, CH-368500-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC. At the time of my visit to NASM, this file was unavailable for viewing.




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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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.


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Who's Who in American Aeronautics, 1922 (Source: Google Books)


Horace M. Hickam signed our Registers three times. He signed the Davis-Monthan Register twice, and the Peterson Field Register once. His first landing at Tucson was on Tuesday, April 29, 1930. He carried Col. Roy C. Kirtland as sole passenger. They arrived at Tucson from San Diego, CA flying in 29-314, a Curtiss O-1E Falcon.

At right, is a brief resume and photograph from Who's Who in American Aeronautics, 1922 He was a graduate of West Point.

H.M. Hickam, Ca. 1920 (Source: Web)


Hickam's second landing was on Sunday, November 6, 1932 at 12:25PM. He carried a Sgt. Westly as his sole passenger. Based at Ft. Crockett, TX, they arrived from San Diego, CA Rockwell Field in an unidentfied Curtiss YA-8. They departed the same day at 2:00PM, citing their destination as El Paso, TX.

Hickam was born August 14, 1885 at Spencer, IN. He died young on November 5, 1934 while practicing night landings on an unlighted air strip at Fort Crockett, TX. Hickam Field, located on Oahu, HI, was named after him. The Field later became Hickam Air Force Base. The Field was named after Hickam about six months after his death, on May 31, 1935. The Field was one of the major targets of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A concise biography with good photographs is at the link. He has an excellent Web presence. A more complete biography is online at the Peterson Field Register Web site at the link.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 12/04/13 REVISED: 12/31/19

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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.


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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