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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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



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Kern County Airport, Bakersfield, CA, Ca. 1931 (Source: Webmaster)
Kern County Airport, Bakersfield, CA, Ca. 1931 (Source: Webmaster)

Kern County Airport was located four miles northwest of Bakersfield, CA. At left, from this REFERENCE, page 14, is a description of the airfield in 1931. From the description, we can orient the aerial photo below as being taken from the northwest looking southeast. The alulminum-painted tanks from the description are clearly visible in this aerial shot. The "noticable bump" referred to convective turbulance set up by hot air rising from the sun-heated tops of the oil tanks. Bakersfield and surrounds were heavily populated with oil derricks and facilities during the early 20th century.

The southeast corner is where the buildings and hangars were located. We can barely see them in the aerial view. The northeast corner, where the water tower and revolving beacon were, is cut off the image.








Kern County Airport, Bakersfield, CA, Ca. 1933 (Source: Webmaster)
Kern County Airport, Bakersfield, CA, Ca. 1933 (Source: Webmaster)


The image right, from this REFERENCE, page 18, shows the airport ca. 1933. It was a square 160 acres in area. It had four oiled runways, 1,800 N/S, 2,200 ft. E/W, 3,700 ft. NW/SE and 3,000 ft. NE/SW (note: the text of the airport description from the reference above identifies the length of the NW/SE runway as 3,700 ft. The image, right, shows it at 3,600 ft.).

Day markings consisted of the standard circle at the intersection of the runways and "KERN COUNTY AIRPORT" painted on the hangar roof. Night operations were aided by flood, boundary and approach lights, as well as an illuminated cone on the tower, and a 24" rotating beacon with green code beacon flashing "B".

There was telephone (number: 3488) and weather reports on the field. Boeing Aircraft Corporation maintained radio station KQX. Hotels were located in the city and a restaurant was on the field. Taxi fare was 50 cents to downtown Bakersfield.

There were no landing or floodlighting fees, and fuel, oil and hangars were available day or night.

Local operators on the field were Cardiff & Peacock, who provided photography, dusting and flight training, and the Kern County School of Aviation, which provided flight instruction.

Below, from this REFERENCE, page 13, is a description of the airfield ca. 1937.

Kern County Airport, Bakersfield, CA, Ca. 1937 (Source: Webmaster)
Kern County Airport, Bakersfield, CA, Ca. 1937 (Source: Webmaster)


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 06/05 REVISED: 12/15/10, 04/24/18

The Register
Who Went to Bakersfield?
Three pilots who landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield called Bakersfield their Homebase.

No pilots arrived at Davis-Monthan Airfield from Bakersfield, and none listed it as their final Destination.


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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