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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.

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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


The image and PDF downloads on this page are used with permission from the archives of the San Diego Aerospace Museum

See the Museum’s ARCHIVES listings online to understand the scope of their holdings, and the procedures for acquiring prints.


A March 2010 article about Ruckstell in the Director of Maintenance magazine is at the link. Scroll to pp. 28-31 and read "The Millionaire Mechanic."


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Born May 5, 1891 died May 28, 1963.

Glover Ruckstell won the July 4, 1915, 200-mile race at Indianapolis, IN driving a Peugeot. As of July 2001, he was ranked 214th on the all time list for that race. The same year, he competed at Tacoma, WA on a two-mile Board Track. He completed the 125 laps, 250 miles, in 2:57:03.0, or 84.722 MPH.

Glover E. "Roxy" Ruckstell He founded Scenic Airways. When GCA went Scenic out of business ca. 1930, he provided cashflow to form Grand Canyon Airlines (GCA). He worked with two other Register pilots in the GCA endeavor, Irving Kravitz and Jack Thornburg.

Below is an image from Ruckstell's pilot log. Although difficult to read at this size, try saving it off to your image viewer and magnifying it. You should be able to read everything just fine.

Glover E. Ruckstell

Among the inscriptions on the page, you can see that he held Transport pilot certificate No. 10,006, which he earned July 24, 1930. He took instrument flight instruction, and became eligible for the blind flight test and S.A.T. rating (actually Scheduled Air Transport Rating, SATR) in April 1935. See this link to our pilot Gilbert Budwig for more on the SATR. Budwig's work formulated and established the rating within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ruckstell also held mechanic license 6177, and refers to his Federation Aeronautique Internationale license for 1931, number 7965, which is available available to you as a scanned image (see below). Significantly, Ruckstell landed once at the Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale, CA on May 5, 1931.

This PDF download gives you a scanned image I made of Ruckstell's Federation Aeronautique Internationale license, 1931. His license, as were all of them of this era, was signed by Orville Wright. Thanks to the San Diego Aerospace Museum for allowing me to share this, and the next, image with you (credit, left sidebar).

This PDF download gives you a scanned image I made of Ruckstell's logbook pouch. The pouch is a mini-history unto itself. What an interesting artifact this is. It held the pilot's log book, engine log and aircraft log, important legal documents all, which the pilot in command and aircraft owner are responsible to maintain. Penned on the canvas is his address in West Los Angeles, as well as his attachment to Grand Canyon, AZ. As well, the registration numbers of the aircraft he flew are also inscribed on the canvas in ink. The pouch seems to be a give-away premium from the Richfield Oil Company.

Of the eight readable (a couple more are unreadable) registration numbers inked on the canvas pouch, three of the aircraft landed at Tucson at one time or another. J-5 Travel Air NC4835 landed April 30, 1928 flown by Dr. J. Bert Saxby. J-6 Travel Air NC9813, landed on September 16, 1930 flown by Roy T. Minor. Stinson NC12146 landed on April 24, 1935 piloted by Ruckstell himself. The other aircraft, Lockheed NC/NX965Y (once flown by Amelia Earhart), NC8869, NC17749, NC4960 and NC12223 are not among those that landed and registered at the Davis-Monthan Airfield or any other airfield of the Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. Registers.

Ruckstell maintained a business. Image available here on this site.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 03/23/06 REVISED: 08/09/13

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