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Part of this information comes from the biographical file for pilot Wilson, CW-728000-01, -30, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.




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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, while supplies last.


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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.


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Roy Wilson signed the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register twice. The first time was on Sunday, November 15, 1925. He carried a single passenger, his mother, Mrs. F.N. Brooks. Based at Clover Field, Los Angeles, CA, they were westbound from Detroit, MI. They remained overnight in Tucson and continued their trip to Los Angeles the next day at 12:30PM. The image below (credit, right sidebar) shows Roy Wilson with his mother.

Roy Wilson and His Mother, Mrs. F.N. Brooks (Source: Underwood)
Roy Wilson and His Mother, Mrs. F.N. Brooks

The date and location of this image are unknown. Below, another undated image of Mrs. Brooks, this time with her other son Tave Wilson (not a Register signer) who was a motion picture stunt pilot of the era. Both he and brother Roy were members of The Motion Pictures Pilots' Association. See this book by Wynne in the REFERENCES.

Mrs. F.N. Brooks and Tave Wilson (Source: Underwood)
Mrs. F.N. Brooks and Tave Wilson

Roy Wilson's second signing of the Register occurred about a year later on Wednesday, November 10, 1926 at 11:30 AM. He was solo this time westbound from Lordsburg, NM. Below, an undated image of Wilson with a Standard aircraft. It is unknown if this, or any of the ones above, are aircraft that he flew through Tucson.

Roy Wilson with Standard Airplane, Date Unknown (Source: Underwood)
Roy Wilson with Standard Airplane, Date Unknown

The Helena, MT Daily Independent of September 24, 1927 cites pilot Wilson and co-pilot Bob Starkey on a search and rescue mission (see the brief article at the bottom center of the downloaded page).

Photo contributor John Underwood (cited, right sidebar) says of Roy Wilson, "Roy was killed in 1932 during a film shoot in the desert when he held the Travelair in a spin too long.  When Tave died I fell heir to his memorabilia, which included a large number of old negatives, some of them 8x10s.   He quit flying after Roy was killed, sold Wilson Airport to Johnny Adams, who changed the name to Adamsport, and went with North American and then Hughes, where he was an inspector on the HK-1."

Wilson also appears twice during August 1930 in the Oxnard Field Register, Albuquerque, NM. I have no research results on these landings yet.



The Register

These images come from site visitor and contributor John Underwood.

News article courtesy of Mike Gerow.


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