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

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Casa Grande Airport, Ca. 1920s (Source: Holden)


Casa Grande, 1931 (Source: Webmaster)
Casa Grande, 1931 (Source: Webmaster)


In the photograph above, the airplanes at top and bottom have registration numbers on top of their wings that are barely readable. The top airplane appears to be a Fokker monoplane, registration number NC9169 (not a Register airplane). According to, this number belonged to a Fokker F-10A, serial number 1038 . Note the clearly visible tracks from the tail skids of the airplanes as they taxied to parking. The bottom airplane number might be NC5316 or 5318 (neither Register airplane numbers). The three aircraft at center appear to be military types.

At right, from this REFERENCE, page 19, is a description of the Casa Grande airfield from 1931. The building in the photograph above may be the "Small house on N side of field...."

On the afternoon of September 23, 2002, your Webmaster flew into Casa Grande airport. Below is the view during the approach. Little remains as described in 1931 except the sand and mesquite trees surrounding the airfield property.

Approach to Casa Grande Airport, September 23, 2002 (Source: Webmaster)
Casa Grande Airport, September 23, 2002 (Source: Webmaster)


UPLOADED: 04/03/09 REVISED: 12/16/10

The Register
Image, left, courtesy of Ruth Richter Holden.

One Register pilot identified Casa Grande as Homebase; eight identified it as their Arrived From airfield; three identified it as their Destination.



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