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Some of this information comes from the biographical file for pilot LaGrone, CL-023000-01, -20, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.




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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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Tex Lagrone, an original Early Bird, landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield September 8, 1928. He flew the Waco ASO 7444. Here is a fine link to biographical information about Tex Lagrone (1890-1953). Excellent images, too.

At Tucson, Lagrone carried Clayton J. Brukner as passenger. Based at Oakland, CA, they were westbound from El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA. Lagrone was a Waco aircraft distributor located at Kansas City, MO. Clayton Bruckner was a principal of the Waco Aircraft Company during the entire time they were in business from 1924-1964.

Image, below shared with us by Andy Heins (right sidebar), is of Lagrone with a Waco SRE, not the Waco he flew to the Airfield.

Tex Lagrone with Waco SRE

Below, courtesy of site visitor Joe Kranz, is a U.S. postal cachet signed by Lagrone and postmarked January 12, 1934. It commemorates the 6th annual Miami All-American Air Races.

Tex Lagrone, U.S. Postal Cachet, January 12, 1934 (Source: Kranz)
Tex Lagrone, U.S. Postal Cachet, January 12, 1934 (Source: Kranz)


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The National Waco Club is recognized as the oldest "Type Club" in the United States.  President Andy Heins runs the day to day business of the Club, and we should all thank him for the effort he expended to help us understand better the Waco aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield way back when. Thanks, Andy.
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