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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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


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Willcox, AZ, Ca. 1931 (Source: Webmaster)
Willcox, AZ, Ca. 1931 (Source: Webmaster)


Willcox, AZ lies about 120 miles ENE of Tucson. Only a few Register pilots mentioned it. No landings recorded in the Register at Tucson cited Willcox, AZ as their home base. Six pilots arrived at Tucson from Willcox and one identified it as his final destination. The main link with Tucson today is Interstate 10.

At right, from this REFERENCE, page 86, a description of the airfield from 1931.


Below, ffrom this REFERENCE, page 9, a description of the airfield from 1937 This 1937 guide, however, is slightly behind the times. Originally founded as Wilcox in 1855, when Willcox was incorporated in 1915 the spelling was changed from Wilcox with only one L to Willcox with two Ls.

Willcox, AZ, Ca. 1937 (Source: Webmaster)
Willcox, AZ, Ca. 1937 (Source: Webmaster)

Below, a Google Earth image of Willcox, AZ and environs. The location of the 1937 airfield, as specified by the lat/long coordinates cited in the description above, is in the lower third of what today is the city of Willcox.

Willcox, AZ, Ca. 2010 (Source: Google Earth)
Willcox, AZ, Ca. 2010 (Source: Google Earth)

These coordinates are suspicious, because both descriptions locate the airfield west of town; the 1931 placing it 3/4 mile west and the 1937 description has it adjoining the city on the west. There must have been a lot of growth in that six-year period. Likewise, there is no mention of railroad tracks in either description. The track bed, which was there in the 1930s, lies just southeast of the lat/long point. Surely the the tracks would have been mentioned in the descriptions as a landmark. Regardless, the Cochise County Airport does lie west of the city, about three miles west, as shown on the left side of the image. It has a 6,000 foot paved NE-SW runway. The other runway is closed.



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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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