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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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.


U.S. Department of Commerce. Bureau of Air Commerce. 1937. Descriptions of Airports and Landing Fields in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. 222 pp. This book is shared with us by Tim Kalina.


An excellent Web resource for abandoned and little-known airports around the country is at this link. It sometimes takes a while to download images from this site. Have patience, as it is worth the wait.


Dade, George C. and Frank Strnad. 1989. Picture History of Aviation on Long Island, 1908-1938. Dover Publications, New York.


This link provides a spotty history of the field. Have patience with the site at the link, as its design and internal links are not well managed. The photos and information are worth the effort, though.


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Mitchel Field was a literal hub for military activity on the east coast from the 1920s through WWII and beyond. It has a good Web presence. As of the upload date of this page, there are over 40,000 Google hits.

The namesake of the airport is commonly misidentified as General Billy Mitchell (note difference of spelling). Flying magazine, February 2001, clarified the naming: " honor of John Purroy Mitchel, the youngest person elected mayor of New York. He served one term (1914-1917) and when not reelected, enllisted in the Army Air Service to become a fighter pilot in World War I. He was killed in a training accident in Louisiana, and in 1918 the former Field #2 in Garden City was rededicated Mitchel Field in his honor."

Below, a view of Mitchel Field from May, 1931 (from the Dade & Strnad reference in the left sidebar, page 140). The large number of airplanes assembled are from the First Provisional Air Division during the largest air maneuver ever up to that time. Some of the aircraft were staged at Roosevelt Field.

Mitchel Field, May, 1931
Mitchel Field, May, 1931

Below is a colorized copy of the same photograph, courtesy of the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Mitchel Field, May, 1931 (Source: Cradle of Aviation Museum)
Mitchel Field, May, 1931 (Source: Cradle of Aviation Museum)

Below, information about the airport published in the U.S. DOC reference in the left sidebar.

Mitchel Field Information, 1937 (Source: Kalina)
Mitchel Field Information, 1937

Below, courtesy of the San Diego Aerospace Museum Flickr Stream (SDAM), is another aerial image of Mitchel Field. Although it is dated, it is impossible to read the white print over the white background at the bottom of the photo. It was taken sometime in December of an unknown year. The direction of the view is approximately opposite from the aerial image above. The M I T C H E L that appears in red on the white rooftops above appears to be missing in the photo below.

Mitchel Field, Date Unknown (Source: SDAM)

With the approach of WWII, the development of Mitchel Field advanced rapidly. The photograph below, dated January 10, 1940, shows the extent of that development. The 24 aircraft on the ramp in the foreground appear to be the two squadrons of Curtiss P-40 fighters, which were assigned to Mitchel to help protect the eastern seaboard in the event of armed conflict. The aircraft at lower right appears to be a Douglas DC-3, which appears elongated due to its shadow on the taxiway.

Mitchel Field Looking North, January 10, 1940 (Source: Cradle of Aviation Museum)
Mitchel Field Looking North, January 10, 1940 (Source: Cradle of Aviation Museum)


UPLOADED: 10/26/08 REVISED: 01/08/15, 11/15/16, 12/01/19

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I'm looking for information and photographs of Mitchel Field to include on this page. If you have some you'd like to share, please use this FORM to contact me.


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