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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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



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Six landings recorded in the Register cited Pomona as their home base. One flight arrived from Pomona, and two cited it as their final destination. There were two airfields in the Pomona area. Burnley Airport, a public, commercial field, and a private one owned by W.K. Kellogg. Register pilots probably visited both.

Pomona-area Airfields, Ca. 1931 (Source: Webmaster)
Pomona-area Airfields, Ca. 1931 (Source: Webmaster)

At right, from this REFERENCE, page 59, a description of the two Pomona airfields from 1931.



Additional information and photographs of Kellog Airport from the air and on the ground are at the link (this link is inactive as of 12/18/22). It was only in operation from 1928-1932, however it was thought to be, "...the largest privately built and the maintained airport in the United States at the time." At the link we learn that, "Two events signaled the end of the airport era at the Kellogg Ranch. The first event was the dedication of the Burnley Airport on July 29, 1928, just two weeks after the Kellogg Airport opened. The Burnley Airport occupied 20 acres on Garey Avenue south of the Pomona city limits. It became known as the Pomona Airport and was active until it closed in 1950. The second event occurred on May 17, 1932 when Mr. Kellogg donated [his ranch] to the state of California for the use of the University of California. ... On December 31, 1932 the W.K. Kellogg [Airport] was officially closed. The landing field reverted to agricultural use and a colorful period of ranch history ended."

Burnley Field was owned by John M. Burnley, 120 East Second St., Pomona, CA. See NC6572 for an airplane he owned. See also Register pilot Eddie Bacque for a photograph of Burnley with that airplane. Additional information and photographs of Burnley on the ground and from the air are at the link. As mentioned above, it closed in 1950.

In 1931, Pomona/Burnley pilots counted on the Glendale (Grand Central Air Terminal) for weather reports.





Below, from this REFERENCE, page 23, a description of Burnley Airport from 1937. Kellog wasn't included in this reference, because it had been non-operational for five years when this publichation was published.

Pomona/Burnley Airfield, Ca. 1937 (Source: Webmaster)
Pomona-area Airfields, Ca. 1931 (Source: Webmaster)

Below, a Google Earth view of the location specified by the lat/long coordinates in the image above. That point is at the center of this image. There is no trace of an airfield there. The Chino Valley Freeway cuts diagonally at lower left.

Pomona/Burnley Airfield, Ca. 2010 (Source: Google Earth)
Pomona/Burnley Airfield, Ca. 2010 (Source: Google Earth)


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