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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.


http://www.cafepress.com/content/global/img/spacer.gifThe Congress of Ghosts is an anniversary celebration for 2010.  It is an historical biography, that celebrates the 5th year online of www.dmairfield.org 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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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Below, a great juxtaposition from page 143 of Dade & Strnad. The top image is of North Beach Airport circa 1931. In the second 1985 aerial photo is La Guardia International Airport, which, with considerable landfilling and tons of concrete, occupies approximately the same area as the older North Beach.

In the first image, a large Dornier DO-X can be seen near bottom center. Interestingly, page reviewer Dan Cahill states, "North Beach was where the DO-X was re-engined with Curtiss 'Conquerors' ... (not that it helped much)."

North Beach Airport, 1931
North Beach Airport, 1931


Popular Aviation, April, 1940 (Source: PA)



North Beach occupied about 1/8 of what is now La Guardia International: the northwest corner. This can be imagined in the second image, below, of La Guardia Airport taken in 1985. Landfilling has completely reshaped the area. No trace of the North Beach Airport remains.

In April, 1940, Popular Aviation (PA) magazine published the brief summary at right. The 558 acres devoted to the airport back then was substantial; today it's immense, considering the bustling urban area served by the airport.



North Beach-La Guardia, 1985
North Beach-La Guardia, 1985

Only one Davis-Monthan Register pilot identified North Beach as his home base. A.W. Gorton landed at Tucson Tuesday, August 29, 1933 at 3:10PM. He carried two passengers, Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Kudner. They were in Ford NC8400. This airplane may still be in existence. They were eastbound from Glendale, CA to El Paso, TX (and probably eastward to North Beach). Gorton noted in the remarks column of the Register, "L.A. - New York." Another landing recorded in the Pitcairn Field Register was made by the Waco NC2284. Please direct your browser to the links for further information.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 11/04/08 REVISED: 08/21/12, 11/19/16, 12/19/22

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Forty-two Register pilots identified the New York area as their Home Base. One specifically cited North Beach.

The old North Beach land is now part of New York's LaGuardia International Airport.


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