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Primary information for pilot Hudgin was provided by his nephew, Louis Hudgin. Images in the center column of this page are from the Hudgin Family Collection.




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.

---o0o--- Congress of Ghosts is an anniversary celebration for 2010.  It is an historical biography, that celebrates the 5th year online of 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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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.


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.


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.


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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Al Hudgin's Pilot License, 1931-1932


Al Hudgin, Early 1930s, Eaglerock NC3786

The photo, left, shows Al in the early 1930s posed by his Alexander Eaglerock NC3786. He landed four times at the Airfield in this airplane between February and October 1930.

He landed at the Airfield in two other aircraft, a Curtiss Wright Junior NC10999 in the fall of 1931, and during 1932 in another airplane, Arrow Sport NC9331.




Al Hudgin, Late 1930s








Al Hudgin and Mary Gambee

The pilot license shown above was in effect when Al signed into the Register carrying as his passenger Mary Gambee. They were married...








Photo, right, is of the living male relatives of Al Hudgin on October 2, 2005.

RIGHT, Henry Hudgin, Al's brother who worked at the FBO at the Airfield; CENTER, Louis, Al's nephew (Henry's son), a pilot for the AZ DOT; LEFT, Alfred Hudgin, Louis' son and Al's namesake, a graduate A&P mechanic.


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Here is how our webpage for Al Hudgin began. Through this website I received the following email from his nephew on June 8, 2005.

"Name: Louis Hudgin

Email: xxxxx

Location: Phoenix, AZ
Entity: Alfred A. Hudgin
Information: Alfred A. (Armstrong) Hudgin was my uncle. Al began his aviation career in 1927 in Nogalas, AZ. He soon moved to Tucson and was in the FBO business at Davis- Monthan until just before WWII when the Army moved all civilian operators off the field. He then moved to the current location of the Tucson International airport and built the first building there and scraped the desert off to make the first runway. The Hudgin brothers Louis, Walt, Palen, and Henry continued in the TUS business until 1988. They also owned and operated Grand Canyon Airlines from 1950 to 1970. Al was enshrined into the Arizona Aviation Hall Of Fame in 1993.
I have a lot of photos, articles and other memoribilia on Al, the Hudgin Bros, TUS, GCN, old airplanes (including the airplanes Al registered), airports etc. I might be able to help fill in some of the gaps in early Tucson and AZ aviation history.
Let me know if I can help..."



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