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Your copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register 1925-1936 with all the pilots' signatures and helpful cross-references to pilots and their aircraft is available at the link. 375 pages with black & white photographs and extensive tables

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The Congress of Ghosts (available as eBook) 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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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.

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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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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.

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Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race (available as eBook) 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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Clover Field: The first Century of Aviation in the Golden State (available in paperback) 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. 281 pages, black & white photographs.

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FAIRCHILD KR-31 NC284K

This airplane visited Willow Grove once, on Thursday, May 8, 1930. It was flown by William Engle and based at William Penn Airport, Philadelphia, PA. The photograph below is shared with us by the pilot's son and shows Engle fourth from left on a snowy day. It's also at the link.

Fairchild NC284K, William Penn Airport, Ca. 1929 (Source: Engle Family)
Fairchild NC284K, William Penn Airport, Ca. 1929 (Source: Engle Family)

The back of the photo, below, gives Engle's position as fourth from the left and the date, and suggests the purpose for the gathering was an aerial game feeding operation. Pilot Engle's son states, "...the pic was apparently given to him by Don's Photo Service. He was a personal friend of Ed Stucke, the game warden."

There were Don's Photo Service businesses in Bridgeton, NJ, Elkhart, IN, and probably other cities. Whether they were the same company, or were responsible for this photograph is unknown.

Fairchild NC284K, Ca. 1929, Back (Source: Engle Family)
Fairchild NC284K, Ca. 1929, Back (Source: Engle Family)

The William Penn Airport is below, in an image produced for the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Aviation Committee, May, 1930.  This link, and the one above, to the airport, provide a good overview of the birth, life and death of a Golden Age airfield. It was founded in 1928, and owned and operated by Interstate Flying Corporation. Later named Boulevard Airport, it eventually closed on October 4, 1951. By the 1970s, the land was developed into shopping centers and residential streets.

"Wm. Penn" is painted on the roof of the nearest building of two adjacent structures. I would bet that the building in the top photograph is the left side of the far building below, with the aircraft facing out toward the field. In fact, if you go to the links and examine the photographs at both, you'll notice a biplane in about the same position as the one above. One view shows that face of the building with the same Penn logo painted on it. Since the date of this photo and Engle's landing at Willow Grove were both in May 1930, we could conjecture.

William Penn Airport, 1930 (Source: Link)
William Penn Airport, 1930 (Source: Link)

This airplane was signed in no other Register. If you know anything about NC284K, please let me KNOW.

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