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There is no biographical file for pilot Woods in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.



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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.


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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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, or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.  ISBN 978-0-9843074-4-9.


Crouch, Gregory. 2012. China's Wings: War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight .

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H.L. Woods landed once at Tucson, Friday, June 28, 1929 at 10:20AM. He carried a single passenger, MacK Womacks (July 16, 1906-July 4, 1995?). They flew in the American Eagle Woods identified as NC209H. Based at Kansas City, MO, they arrived at Tucson from Kansas City, westbound to El Centro, CA. They remained on the ground until 11:00AM before departing. Woods was an instructor for the American Eagle Company.

Woods has a fair Web presence, which captures his flying career. A few years after we find him at Tucson, he went to China in 1933. There he flew with the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) and, In 1938, he gained the unwanted distinction of being the pilot of the first commercial airliner (a DC-2) in history ever to be shot down by hostile air action on August 24, 1938. This event is covered in the Crouch book cited in the left sidebar. Another less hazardous flight is documented at Crouch's Web site at the link. The contemporary news article, below, courtesy of D. Tietz, cites the shootdown incident and gives some background on Woods' career to-date. He was a telegraph operator until about the time he landed at Tucson.

Unsourced New Article, August 24, 1938 (Source: Tietz)
Unsourced New Article, August 24, 1938 (Source: Tietz)


H.L. Woods, Obituary, Miami Herald, October 16, 1979 (Source: Web)
H.L. Woods, Obituary, Miami Herald, October 16, 1979 (Source: Web)



Woods' presence in Florida was probably in conjunction with his work with Pan American. The CNAC Web site presents brief information on this, as well as Woods' birth year as 1906. The link also exhibits some relevant postal cachets. It also links to a separate document about the 1938 DC-2 shootdown. At the sublink are a photograph of the wrecked DC-2 and a passenger/fatality list.

At left is Woods' obituary from the Miami Herald of October 16, 1979. He passed away in Miami October 14th. His early work with CNAC and Pan American are cited. After WWII he returned to Florida and developed real estate.





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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.


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.  Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-1-8.


Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race is available at the link. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. 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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-3-2.


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