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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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George Lyle With Bankline Oil Company Buhl NC9629, Clover Field, 1929 (Source: Lyle Family)


George Lyle landed and signed the Register at Tucson Friday, January 29,1926 at 4:25PM. Based in Santa Monica, CA, he was westbound from El Paso, TX. He remained overnight, departing for Santa Monica the next day at 10:30AM. He flew, probably solo, an unidentified Travel Air. Although Lyle did not identify his Travel Air, we know, however, that he flew airplanes that were identified by their pilots in the Register.

Based on information shared by his oldest son, Lyle also flew the Register Buhl CA-6 Airsedan NC9629. His son states, "My father George Lyle flew for Bankline Oil Company out of Santa Monica's Clover Field from Sept. 1929 to Nov. 1930.  Your Register reflects that Bankline bought the above aircraft on October 11, 1929 [see the airplane's link]. My father's log book shows that he test flew the aircraft for Bankline on October 12, 1929 and flew it continuously until November 13, 1930 when his employment ended...." Lyle never signed NC9629 in any Register.

Lyle also flew the Stearman C-3B NC5084. His son states, "His log book reflects the following 1929 flights in the above aircraft: October 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, and 12; November 13, 15, and 26. After the latter date there was a long hiatus while he flew another Stearman NC8825 [recorded by Lyle in the Clover Field Register, and probably in existence today in a museum] until September 14, 1930. However, on September 14, 1930 he flew a final 15 minute test flight on NC5084.  His employment with Bankline ended November 13, 1930, presumably due to the Depression." Like Buhl NC9629, Lyle never signed in any Register as pilot for NC5084.

Lyle's complete biography, including photographs and logbooks shared by his family, can be found just west of here at Clover Field, Santa Monica, CA.



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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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