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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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This famous Golden Age airfield was named in honor of Register pilot Floyd Bennett. Please direct your browser to his link to see why. Below, Floyd Bennett Field from the 1933 reference in the left sidebar. This photo is identified as having been taken by Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Inc. A couple of Register airplanes and at least one pilot were affiliated with Fairchild Aerial Surveys. See, for example, Elrey Jeppesen, NR8016 here and here, and NC9174.

Floyd Bennett Field, Ca. 1933
Floyd Bennett Field, Ca. 1933

The description associated with this photograph states that all buildings were outlined with neon tube corner markers, and that the wind T, standard circle, and roof lettering were all illuminated. This must have been a stunning airfield to approach at night.

Further, it states there are two runways, as shown. Note the difference four years later (below) when there was a total of four runways. There was a telephone on the field' number Nightingale 4-3600. Weather reports were available at the field as well.

Taxi cabs ran into Manahattan, as did buses at fifteen minute intervals. There was a restaurant at the field. Fuel, oil and repair facilities were available 24/7. There was no fee for landing or for flood lighting. Aircraft could be stored for $2.00 per day and up, depending on size, or $30 per month.

A U.S. Naval Reserve Base was at the field (commanded at one point by Register pilot D.F. Smith), as were Erickson & Remmert, hangar operators, and the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Co., Inc., an aeronautical parts and equipment supplier. You may download their 1931 catalog here.

Below, the description of Floyd Bennett Field from the 1937 Department of Commerce directory cited in the left sidebar.

Description of Floyd Bennett Field, 1937
Description of Floyd Bennett Field, 1937

The links in the right sidebar are rich with additional information and photographs. See also the Register of Floyd Bennett Field.


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Three pilots identified Brooklyn, NY as their home base. However, 42 pilots identified "New York, NY" as their home base. Some of these could have been based at Floyd Bennett Field.



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 162 of that book.


Another is: 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. Pages 130-139 specifically describe New York airfields. This book was donated in 2007 to Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. by Tim Kalina. Note to pilots: This book is similar to the contemporary AFD.


This link provides information and images about Floyd Bennett Field through its life. The images on this page provide close-up views of some of the buildings in the image at center. This airfield still exists in operational form and is used occasionally for fly-ins, and for police helicopters.


This link has fewer images, but contains more information about Floyd Bennett.





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