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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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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Art Killips landed once at Tucson, Sunday, September 9,1928. He carried a single passenger, L.G. Aldrich, in Waco GXE NC5480 (S/N 1519, manufactured during 1928). Based at Chicago, IL they were westbound from Lordsburg, NM to Los Angeles, CA (Mines Field) participating in the 1928 National Air Races (NAR), Class A event. In the Aircraft Year Book for 1929, Killips is listed as placing 13th in the event.

Image, below, courtesy of Andy Heins from Bettie Lund's photo album. She was the wife of "Fearless" Freddie Lund.

Art Killips, Date Unknown
Art Killips, Date Unknown

Whereas Killips does not show up in the Aircraft Year Book data for the 1929 NAR, he took first place in the men's Class B Atlantic Derby, Hartford, CT to Chicago, IL for 1930.

Likewise, he placed 5th in Event No. 12 (for 1,000 cu.in. engines) at the 1931 NAR. Anecdotally, John Miller told me Killips was killed in 1933 trying a double snaproll. He had polio and always flew with crutches for when he landed.

There is no biographical file for pilot Killips at the National Air & Space Museum and his web presence is sparse. If you can provide any information about him or his airplane, please use the contact point in the right sidebar to let me know.


UPLOADED: 04/16/08 REVISED: 11/03/09, 01/17/23

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I'm looking for information about pilot Killips and photographs of his airplane to include on this page. If you have any you'd like to share, please use this FORM to contact me.


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