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Military pilot Peter E. Skanse landed four times at Tucson. His first landing was on Friday, May 25, 1928 at 12:15PM. He carried seven passengers in the Fokker C-2 he identified as 26-204, each of whom he listed in the Register. They were Ray Collins, Carl H. Keller, Frank Bogart, Hugh White, John C. Carden, Ray Cooper and James Piersol.

Piersol, a pilot in his own right who landed once at Tucson as pilot in command, was the aviation editor for the Detroit News. Skanse noted in the remarks column of the Register, "Pathfinder plane of National Air Tour of 1928 for the Edsel Ford Reliability Trophy. Tour due Tucson July 10, 1928." Based at Washington, DC, they arrived at Tucson from El Paso, TX and departed for Phoenix, AZ at 1:20PM. The San Antonio Light of May 24, 1928 captured the airplane and its party at El Paso, below, the day before their Tucson landing. Pilot Skanse is at center.

Reliability Tour Principals, San Antonio Light, May 24, 1928 (Source: Woodling)

Eight days later, the article below from the Morning Oregonian of June 2, 1928 captures the airplane and its passengers as they visited Portland, OR, the final point on their pathfinding tour before returning east. Although the news copy is not very readable, each of the seven passengers is identified. Ray Cooper was the manager of the Reliability Tour, and Ray Collins was the official referee. John C. Carden and Carl Keller represented the Detroit Board of Commerce. Piersol, Bogart and White were with Detroit newspapers. Skanse and Lt. George F. Schulgen were the pilots. Mr. Cooper is at left in the photo below, with Ray Collins. The airplane, 26-204, has painted on the side "PATHFINDING SHIP NATIONAL RELIABILITY TOUR EDSEL B. FORD TROPHY."

Portland, OR, Morning Oregonian, June 2, 1928 (Source: Woodling)

Skanse's second landing was on Thursday, February 21, 1929. He was solo this time in a Douglas O-2H he identified as 29-347. He was based in Minneapolis, MN this time, arriving from San Diego, CA and eastbound to Lordsburg, NM.

P.E. Skanse, Who’s Who in American Aeronautics, 1922 (Source: Woodling)
P.E. Skanse, Who’s Who in American Aeronautics, 1922 (Source: Woodling)


Besides the short-hand biography published in Who's Who in American Aeronautics, right, Skanse appeared in this 1944 REFERENCE (page 394). Born May 13, 1893, Skanse would be 50 years old in 1944. By 1944, Skanse had been promoted to captain in August, 1932 and passed through the Air Corps Tactical School in 1935. He was promoted to major in September, 1939 and Lt. Colonel in December, 1940. He was promoted to Colonel in January, 1942 and remained at that rank until he retired from the Air Corps in August, 1947. If you have any photographs, or information about his experiences during WWII, or his personal life, please let me KNOW.

His third landing at Tucson was Monday, March 18, 1929 at 3:30PM. He carried a single passenger, one Lt. Williams, in the Douglas O-2H he identified as 29-350. Based again in Minneapolis, they were eastbound from Riverside, CA March Field to El Paso, TX. Finally, his last landing was on Sunday, July 21, 1929 at 11:30AM. Based at Little Rock, AR, he was westbound this time from Greensboro, NC to Burbank, CA. Neither of these flights posted a reason.

Skanse passed away August 21, 1966 ‎(age 73)‎ at Hubbard County, MN.



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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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.


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