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A 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 30 of that book.




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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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Located on Ocean park Boulevard in Santa Monica, Clover Field was perched in the southeast corner of the city limits, 2.5 miles from the ocean. Clover Field has its own Web site at the link.

Clover Field was established in 1922, named for World War I pilot Lt. Greayer "Grubby" Clover. In1933, it was 63 acres in area, rectangular in shape, with a 2,800 foot asphalt runway.

Clover Field, 1933

At left is a 1933 aerial photograph of Clover Field from the reference in the left sidebar. Another view of Clover Field is at pilot Al Wilson's page.

Day markings at Clover Field consisted of the standard circle at the center of the field, and "CLOVER FIELD" painted on a hangar. At night, it had a green, 24" rotating beacon, with boundary and flood lights. There were no landing fees, and no flood lighting fees for night activities.

Communications facilities at the field consisted of a telephone (number was 83966), and weather reports.

Local accomodations were first rate, with modern hotels in the city, and a restaurant on the field. Buses ran every 20 minutes, and taxi fare to town was 50 cents.

Service facilities were also first rate. Gas, oil and hangars were available, as were complete repair facilities, with licensed mechanics on call day or night. Daily storage fees ranged from $1 to $2.50, depending upon aircraft size. Monthly storage fees were $20 and up. Below, data from the 1937 reference cited in the left sidebar.

Airport Data, 1937 (Source: Kalina)
Airport Data, 1937 (Source: Kalina)

Interestingly, the primary operator at the field was James E. Granger, who provided aircraft sales, training, passenger and charter trips, motion picture work, repairs, aircraft servicing and hangars. Mr. Granger, and his wife, Clema, also a pilot, landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield a total of six times between 1930 and 1932. Their business hangar is the right nearest one. Two additional photos of Clover Field, with closer details of the hangars, are at James Granger's page. Another aerial image is at Dick Ranaldi's page.

Other operators were Mutual Aircraft Corp., which provided repair, servicing and storage. Its hangar is the one next left from Granger's. Douglas Aircraft Corp., which manufactured aircraft under contract to the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and foreign governments, was also at Santa Monica. Its facility is the large, flat-roofed structure at top.

Today the site of Clover Field is still an active aviation area, occupied by the Santa Monica Municipal Airport.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: May 2005 REVISED: 01/07/09, 01/11/10, 04/15/11, 07/26/12

The Register
Who Went to Clover Field?
Forty-four pilots who landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield called Clover Field their Homebase.

Sixteen pilots arrived at Davis-Monthan Airfield from Clover Field, and 17 listed it as their final Destination.


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.


A museum was developed that features Clover Field and its history. Learn about it at the link.



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