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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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.


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Fresno Municipal Airport, 1931 (Source: Webmaster)
Fresno Municipal Airport, 1931 (Source: Webmaster)




Chandler Field, the Fresno airport, was dedicated for public use in November 1929. A photograph of it about that time is at the R.T. Gerow Collection. The area, even prior to 1929, was used informally as an airfield. Following World War I there were no real facilities for aviation in the Fresno area, so the Chandlers allowed pilots to take off and land in their farm fields once the crops were harvested. This is a good thing, because one of the two pilots who identified Fresno as his home base landed in 1927.

At left, this REFERENCE, page 31, describes the Fresno airport as it was in 1931.








Fresno Municipal Airport, Ca. 1933 (Source: Webmaster)
Fresno Municipal Airport, Ca. 1933 (Source: Webmaster)


At right, his REFERENCE, page 19, pictures and describes the Fresno Municipal Airport in 1933 as follows. It was located at 1360 Tehama Street, 1.3 miles southwest of the city. It had one oiled runway 3,500 x 400 ft. down the center of its 125 acres.

For communications, it had a telephone (dial 2-1810) and weather reports on the field. Modern hotels were in Fresno, with the taxi fare of 50 cents. A restaurant was at the field.

"FRESNO" was painted on the hangar roof. For night operations, runways were lighted with flood, boundary and obstruction lights. A rotating white and green beacon was installed. There were no landing or flood light charges.

Fuel, oil, hangars were available, as was a 24-hour licensed repair depot with licensed mechanics. Hangar fees were $1.50 per night for single-engine craft, $2.00 for twins, and $3.50 for tri-motored airplanes.

Transcontinental and Western Air, Inc. provided two scheduled flights daily to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Schneiders Aero Service, Cardif and Peacock and Harrah Flying Service provided flight training and charter trips.

Below, this REFERENCE, page 16, describes the Fresno airport in 1937 as follows. Note that a light beacon, communications radio station and a radio range beacon were installed sometime between 1931 and 1937.

Fresno Municipal Airport, 1937 (Source: Webmaster)
Fresno Municipal Airport, 1937 (Source: Webmaster)

In addition, there is a short history of Chandler Field at the link (link inop as of 12/19/22. This link further directs you to some buildings that were constructed in the 1936-37 time period, including the "administration building" cited above . These buildings and the land upon which they are built are now part of the Chandler Field/Fresno Municipal Airport Historic District . Fresno should be congratulated for preserving in a meaningful way this part of their history.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 06/05 REVISED: 12/17/10, 04/24/18

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Who Went to Fresno?

Two pilots who landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield called Fresno their Homebase.


No pilots arrived at Davis-Monthan Airfield from Fresno, and one listed it as his final Destination.


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.


One source for this page is the book titled, "Airports and Established Landing Fields in the United States, 1933", published by The Airport Directory Company, Hackensack, NJ. Refer to page 19 of that book.

See this aerial image of the Fresno Airport in the late 1920s from the R.T. Gerow Collection.


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