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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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.


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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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, or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.  ISBN 978-0-9843074-4-9.


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


Wiener, Willard. 1945. Two Hundred Thousand Flyers, The Story of the Civilian-AAF Pilot Training Program. Washington: The Infantry Journal.



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Aubrey Hornsby landed at Tucson five times. He flew military aircraft on all occasions. His first visit was on Tuesday, March 2, 1926. He carried a single passenger, a Lt. W.D. Old, in 22-223, an Aeromarine NBS-1. Please direct your browser to the link to see a left profile of a Martin NBS-1, a twin-engined bomber built on contract to Aeromarine). Based at Montgomery, AL, Hornsby and Old arrived at Tucson from El Paso, TX. They did not cite a destination or a reason for their landing.

For Hornsby's next four landings, he was based at Riverside, CA, March Field. He was solo in 27-167, a Consolidated PT-1 for his landing on Sunday, October 30, 1927. He was westbound from Lordsburg, NM to Phoenix, AZ. On Tuesday, July 17, 1928, he carried Lt. Joseph R. Hargrove in an unidentified deHavilland. They were on a round-robin flight from Los Angeles back to Los Angeles.

On Saturday, September 1, 1928 he was solo in 31-412, another deHavilland. He was westbound from El Paso to Yuma, AZ. He noted in the remarks column of the Register, "OK" "Ferry." Finally, on Thursday, April 3, 1930, he carried one unidentified passenger in the Douglas O-32, 30-206. They were eastbound from Riverside to El Paso and Ft. Bliss.

Hornsby has a brief online biography at the link. From that link we learn of Hornsby's career promotions through 1945 as follows. First lieutenant, July 1, 1920; captain, Jan. 27, 1930; major (temporary), April 2, 1935; major (permanent), Dec. 1, 1938; lieutenant colonel (temporary), March 11, 1940; lieutenant colonel (permanent), April 4, 1941; colonel (temporary), Nov. 15, 1942; brigadier general (temporary), Feb. 4, 1943. We learn, too, why he showed up at Tucson flying Army trainers. In September, 1927, he was assigned to March Field, CA, for duty with the 54th School Squadron. He became an instructor of the Air Corps Primary Flying School in July 1928. In 1930 he was transferred to the Philippine Islands and accepted command positions during the rest of the 1930s. When WWII commenced, he was placed in charge of training facilities at various locations.

Below, from the Wiener reference cited in the left sidebar, Hornsby in 1944 stands second from right with other principals of the pilot training programs instituted during WWII.

Aubrey Hornsby (Second from Right), 1944 (Source: Wiener via Woodlilng)
Aubrey Hornsby (Second from Right), 1944 (Source: Wiener via Woodlilng)

This photograph features two other Register pilots, Maxwell Balfour at far left, and Jacob E. FIckel next to him. Hornsby was born Jan. 8, 1895. According to site visitor Russ Plehinger, Hornsby died May 23, 1981. If you know anything about his personal life or his later career with the Army/Air Force, please let me KNOW.



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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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.


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