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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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C. E. Shankle With JN-4 (Source: Shankle)
With JN-4

Clarence E. “Dutch” Shankle (1893-1973) enlisted in the Aviation Section, Signal Corps, in 1917 from his home in Texas. He received his pilot rating before the Armistice in 1918 and served as an instructor at various airfields during the Great War. When General Billy Mitchell proved in 1921 that aircraft could sink naval vessels, Lt. Shankle was a member of the squadron of MB-2 bombers from the 1st Provisional Air Brigade which sank the German battleship "Ostfriesland" off the east coast of the U.S.

Shankle landed at Tucson twice, on December 20, 1926 and on October 23, 1929. He was in the military at the time, flying Douglas aircraft. His home base was listed as Boston, MA. He was the Regular Army Instructor to the 26th Division, Aviation Unit, stationed in Boston. His duty was to guide the National Guard flyers through proficiency training, maneuvers, and cross country flights. He was a very accomplished instructor, holding ratings as an airship pilot, balloon observer, and aeronautical observer in addition to being an airplane pilot.

His wife, Joan Fay Shankle (1908-1964), was another race pilot and record setter. They were married February 29, 1928, and Dutch Shankle taught her to fly, soloing her on May 13, 1929. Issued on July 5, 1929, she was the first woman to receive a private pilot’s license in Massachusetts (license no. 7838).

C.E. Shankle

During 1930, Dutch Shankle was promoted and assigned to Fort Sill, OK, commanding the 88th Observation Squadron. About a year later, he resigned from the military and they moved to their PM Ranch just north of Tubac and 40 miles south of Tucson. They built an airstrip to keep their Stearman J-5 and Lockheed Sirius (Stearman NC5491 cited once; Lockheed NC13W cited three times in the Register piloted by his wife).

The first annual Tucson Air Show was held in 1933. Flying the Stearman, Captain Shankle won the free for all Air Race Trophy. The next year, in the second annual show free for all, which was now named for him, Capt. Shankle, in a field of 19 contestants, won for the second time.

He returned to active duty during WWII and retired as a colonel. He died in Los Angeles in 1973.


Image, below, dropping bombs and seeming to enjoy it.

C.E. Shankle Dropping Bombs, Date Unknown (Source: Shankle)
Dropping Bombs


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I'm looking for photos of Stearman NC5491.

Images on this page courtesy of C.E. Shankle's son, John.

The text is taken from information presented to the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame during the April 17, 1999 induction of C.E. Shankle and Joan Fay Shankle. Courtesy of Col (Ret) Charles T. Niblett of Tucson, AZ.



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