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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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Seattle, WA during the Golden Age was the site of both military and civil aviation activities. Sixteen pilots landing at Tucson identified their home base as Seattle. Two pilots cited Seattle as the point from which they arrived at Tucson, and four pilots, including three military aviators, identified Seattle as their destination.

One military destination in the Seattle area was the Sand Point Naval Air Station. Below, a high-quality photograph of Sand Point taken June 14, 1938, soon after the Register of the Davis-Monthan Airfield was closed. Image donor (right sidebar), Mr. Kalina , states about this image, "As you can see, it is an official military photo [identified by the coding along the bottom].... Of note is the Boeing 314 prototype in the upper center of the photo [hard to see in this Web image, but it's just to the right of the clump of trees at center, just at water's edge]. Note that it has the original, single tail [vertical stabilizer]. This was soon changed to ... the production version of 3 tails. The amphibians are PBYs [eight are visible in the water and on land]. Note that the ones on shore appear to have different paint schemes on their fin/rudders. The two closest appear to have a checkerboard pattern."

These details are barely visible in the Web copy of this image, but they are very clear in the original. From the wake, the PBY to the right of the two ships at dock is underway. Note the launch or recovery crew standing at the end of the ramp and in the water just above the two PBYs facing north. They may be waiting to recover the incoming aircraft near the two ships, or they may be preparing to launch the one just visible at the top right corner of the dark roofed hangar.

Sand Point Naval Air Station, June 14, 1938, 11:00AM
Sand Point Naval Air Station, June 14, 1938

The painting on the dark hangar roof in the foreground says "NAS SEATTLE". North is to the right of the image. One Register pilot cited Sand Point specifically as his home base. He was lieutenant Theodore J. Koenig. Koenig flew 24-131, a deHavilland DH-4MB1. He carried passenger L.G. Hubble. They were westbound from Biggs Field, El Paso, TX to Los Angeles, CA. Koenig noted in the remarks column of the Register, "Then to Seattle, Wash". Other military pilots (Army Air Corps) to cite Seattle were Ira Eaker and Oakley Kelly. See the link in the left sidebar for further information about Sand Point.

Civil pilots of the Register probably were headed for Seattle's Boeing Field. Among civil pilots whose home base was Seattle were Erik Nelson (landed five times; he worked for Boeing), and George Westinghouse (three times; he lived in Seattle). Below, Boeing Field circa 1933 from this REFERENCE, page 236.

Boeing Field, Seattle, WA, Circa 1933
Boeing Field, Seattle, WA, Circa 1933

Boeing Field facing ENE in 1933 was located within the city limits of Seattle, 5.5 miles south of the business district, which would be to the left of the image. At the time it was 458 acres, with the northeast 70 acres covered in cinders (the dark area where the runway measurements are sketched).

The main obstructions, smoke stacks and a high tension line, are labeled on the image. The airfield had a revolving beacon, boundary lights, flood lights, obstruction lights and an illuminated wind tee. There was a telephone on the field: number Glendale 0747.

There were two radio stations on the field, Aeronautical Radio, Inc. radio station KZJ operating at 278 Kc, and Department of Commerce radio station KCZ operating at 344 Kc. Weather reports were available on the field, as were a restaurant. Hotels and other restaurants were available in the city for a cab fare of $1.00.

Fuel, oil and aircraft storage services were available, as were licensed mechanics night and day. Interestingly, storage rates were computed based on wing span: 5-cents per foot per day; $1.00 per foot per month.

The Boeing Aircraft Company, Coast Air Lines, Mamer Air Transport, North Coast Air Service, Northwest Air Service, Safeway Air Service, United Air Lines and Western Airways did business at Boeing Field during the period of the Register. The 489th Bombardment Squadron, Air Reserve, was based at Boeing Field.

Below, a 1933 advertisement for Northwest Air Service, which provided airframe (the "A" in the last line of the ad) and engine (the "E") supplies and maintenance. At least one Register airplane, Lockheed Vega NC162W was repaired at Northwest Air Service. They offered Berry Brothers coating products.

Northwest Air Service Advertisement, Circa 1933
Northwest Air Service Advertisement, Circa 1933

The contemporary Boeing Field is pictured below. It is now known as King County International Airport. This view, from Google Earth, is adjusted to about the same viewpoint as the one above. The single, main runway runs left to right. Note Lake Washington in the background, along with Mercer Island, visible in both images.

Boeing Field, 2008
Boeing Field, 2008

Boeing Field is now used mostly for general aviation and cargo operations. Passenger operations are carried on mostly at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The Seattle Museum of Flight is adjacent to the south end of the runway.


UPLOADED: 11/17/08 REVISED: 02/26/09

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The excellent photograph of Sand Point Naval Air Station is shared with us by Tim Kalina.

I'm looking for additional photographs and information about Seattle airfields and pilot Koenig to include on this page. If you have some you'd like to share, please use this FORM to contact me.


More on the history of the Sand Point Naval Air Station is here.

In an email to me, John L. Little, Assistant Curator & Research Team Leader at The Seattle Museum of Flight stated, "NAS Sand Point was located on the western shore of Lake Washington, just north of the University of Washington's campus.  When first built, NAS Sand Point was located north of Seattle city limits, but Seattle grew around Sand Point until NAS Sand Point became (more or less) just another "neighborhood" in northeast Seattle.

"The advent of jets made NAS Sand Point redundant, because the jets were too loud for an urban area and the runways were too short for jets.  So, the Navy gradually ceded NAS Sand Point to the city.  Since 1995, there has been no USN presence at all."

Sand Point's history and a comprehensive series of additional links and photographs from the 1920s to 2005 are here. Nothing remains of the old NAS.


The Seattle Museum of Flight.



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