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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.

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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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Grand Canyon, AZ Airport, Ca. 1931 (Source: Webmaster)
Grand Canyon, AZ Airport, Ca. 1931 (Source: Webmaster)



At right, this REFERENCE, page 34, describes the Grand Canyon Airport. It was at high altitude (higher than Denver), on the south rim of the Canyon. Of interest is mention of Scenic Airways painted on the front of a hangar. Scenic Airways was an air tour company based out of Phoenix, AZ. It was founded by Register pilot J. Parker Van Zandt, and it is still in business to this day.

The first commercial air tour of Grand Canyon was on October 3, 1927, predating this reference by four years. Shortly, the Great Depression took its toll on the Scenic Airways operation. Van Zandt sold the company and assets to some local Arizona pilots ("Air Investor's" mentioned in the description?). 

The company was changed to Grand Canyon Air Lines (note, two words). A short while later the name was simplified and changed to Grand Canyon Airlines.


Below, from this REFERENCE, page 6, describes the airport in 1937. Note that the hangar is now painted, "GRAND CANYON AIRLINES" and it is noted to be under construction.

Grand Canyon, AZ Airport, Ca. 1937 (Source: Webmaster)
Grand Canyon, AZ Airport, Ca. 1937 (Source: Webmaster)




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Nine landings at Tucson cited Grand Canyon, AZ as their home base. One arrived from Grand Canyon, and four cited it as their final destination.


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