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The whole Delta Mike Airfield, Incorporated project started when I purchased a copy of the old Davis-Monthan Airfield Register in a used book store in Alexandria, VA. The date was June 13, 2000. My life hasn't been the same since: just spend some time with my sites to understand why.
Since I began, a BIG CROWD of people contributed to the effort in countless ways including interviews, letting me look at and photograph their airplanes in various states of disassembly and restoration (and, rarely, a flight in a restored Register airplane), providing references, kibitzing, sharing data and images, helping with software problems, providing places to stay and something to eat around the world, and by absorbing my incessant monologues about what I think is one of the most interesting projects I have ever worked on.
I confer primary gratitude, and dedicate this suite of sites (table, below) to the signers of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register I have met in person:
Thanks to Bobbi Trout (left) for sharing her personal memories of the women pilots of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. Sadly, Bobbi's wings folded on January 24, 2003 at age 96 and we lost the last female signer of the Davis-Monthan Register.
And thanks to John Miller, right, (flew West June 23, 2008, age 102) for welcoming and entertaining me at Poughkeepsie, NY, and for suffering through my questions about his barnstorming and cross-country adventures so long ago.
Many thanks to Bill Piper, Jr., left, (flew West August 24, 2007, age 95), who, I discovered lived less than a mile from me but I didn't know it. He hosted me at the 2005 "Sentimental Journey" at Lock Haven, PA, which is an annual fly-in of venerable Piper aircraft. He hailed me over the PA system to go to the Piper Museum. When I got there he shared with me his pilot log book, which documented his flights with the airplane, a Taylor Cub, that he signed in to the Tucson Register.
It became clear while speaking to these pioneers that, each time over the years we lose one, it is like having an entire library burn to the ground.
The personnel of the present Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, AZ, provided me with a boost to Register research in 2002. They deserve special recognition for their warm hospitality. I'm especially grateful to them for allowing me to actually hold and peek into the original Davis-Monthan Airfield Register, and for allowing me to visit the site of the original Airfield on Air Force Base property. They also shared with me the Register page images in digital format. It was a natural extension to make the images available to you on the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site. While we are still in the west, warm thanks also to the staff of the Arizona Historical Society in Tucson for access to their newspaper archives.
Over the years I collected additional Registers, always with the intent to build Web sites around them. Here's how I acquired them, with thanks to the people who enabled the acquisitions. The Peterson Field Register from Colorado Springs, CO was discovered by C.E.Gundersen, who obtained and shared a copy with me. The Parks Field Register, East St. Louis, MO was provided by the St. Louis University Library, via Digitization Archivist Randy McGuire and Terry Lynn Bowden. John Underwood and the staff of the Glendale Public Library each provided parts of the Grand Central Air Terminal Register. John also arranged for me to photograph the 35 pages of the Clover Field, Santa Monica, CA Register. And David Pitcairn arranged for me to photograph the Register of Pitcairn Field, Willow Grove, PA. If you are reading this and know of the existence and location of any other Golden Age Airfield Registers, please let me KNOW.
Many thanks to the curators and staff at the Archives of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, and to the Home Office and Southwest Section of the International Ninety-Nines. I have spent time each summer since 1991 at the Archives of the NASM researching pilots, airplanes and events relevant to the Delta Mike Airfield project. Many of the Web pages are sourced by information I found in the NASM Archives.
The Home Office of the 99s hosted me at their archives in Oklahoma City in order to research the female pilots of the Registers, and the Southwest Section invited me to attend their regional conference in Tucson in 2002. I'm especially grateful to all the current owners and restorers of Register aircraft who hosted me at their offices, homes, hangars and workshops. Some of these individuals are credited in the article available here EAA Female Pilot Article (1.3 Mb PDF).
Special thanks to the staff of The Web Professional, Inc. of Naples, FL, right . Their skills at site design and database functionality with Web integration make this Web site operate in a much more sophisticated way than if I had tackled development and implementation alone. Left to right, Shell Lanius, Your Webmaster (holding his copy of the Davis-Monthan Register) and Kelly Gabel, President.
I'm particularly indebted to my good friend Suzette DeGuzman for lending her consummate Microsoft Access database skills and brainpower to the project.The Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. suite of sites works reliably and efficiently because of her initial help with the Access databases that drive the sites. She has been a cheerful and patient contributor. Please also see the FRIENDS page.
Finally, I thank all the people and organizations whose images and Web pages I have referenced and linked. They are used wherever possible with citations giving credit to the source. If you are browsing this site and find an image or a Web site you don't want cited, or I cited wrong, please let me know via CONTACT WEBMASTER and I'll change them immediately. I can easily remedy any concern you might have by removing or crediting in a way amenable to you, preferably the latter.
As always, contact is welcome from others interested in Golden Age flight, which may add insight to these early Airfield Registers, their pilots and their aircraft, and to their history. Please use CONTACT WEBMASTER.
This Web site is, in turn, part of a suite of six virtual windows that illuminate old Airfield Registers from around the United States during the Golden Age of flight. The following sites are open to the public. They exhibit and analyze for you 21,667 total airfield traffic days across six Registers. Please explore and enjoy them all!
TRAVEL HUB FOR GOLDEN AGE AIRFIELDS
|Clover Field, Santa Monica, CA
December 31, 1928 to August 4, 1939
Number of days Register was open = 3,878
Number of landings recorded = 798 over 35 pages
Web site went online June 13, 2013
Parks Field, East St. Louis, IL
|Davis-Monthan Municipal Airfield, Tucson, AZ
February 6, 1925 to November 26, 1936
Number of days Register was open = 3,581 days
Number of landings recorded = 3,704 over 218 pages
Web site went online May 5, 2005
|Peterson Field, Colorado Springs, CO
February 22, 1929 to August 1, 1940
Number of days Register was open = 4,178
Number of landings recorded = 672 over 29 pages
Web site went online June 13, 2013
|Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale, CA
WWW.GRANDCENTRAL AIR TERMINAL.ORG
December 14, 1930 to October 8, 1935
Number of days Register was open = 1,759
Number of landings recorded = NN over N pages
Web site went online June 13, 2013
|Pitcairn Field, Willow Grove, PA
WWW.PITCAIRNFIELD.ORG (You're here!)
October 22, 1927 to January 25, 1942
Number of days Register was open = 5,240
Number of landings recorded = 328 over 21 pages
Web site went online June 13, 2013
Following are credits for individual sites of the Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. suite of Web sites. These and more individuals and groups who have helped are cited at the FRIENDS, IMAGE COLLECTIONS, and GUEST EDITORS buttons at the top of the pages on any Web site of the suite, and throughout the texts on the sites.
The following people have provided images and texts that are used throughout the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register site. I am grateful for my conversations with them, and for their willingness to share their images and artifacts with me. They have enriched this site in many ways.
Charles Cooper, Manager, Winkler County Airport, Wink, TX. Brochures (1931 National Air Races; Monocoupe, etc.) and images of a variety of people and aircraft. Louis Hudgin. Images and artifacts related to his uncle, Al Hudgin, pilot signatory and FBO manager at the Airfield during the 30s. Gwen Lisa of the current D-MAFB for providing the high-resolution images of the Register pages for use on this site.
Ruth Richter Holden. Images and texts related to her father, Paul Richter, Jr. pilot signatory for Standard Air Lines. Geoffrey Parker and the Parker Family Archives for the very rare film footage of NC126M. Alan Thomas, who was taught to fly by Al Hudgin in 1939, for his information and images of the Davis-Monthan Airfield during the 30s, and some of the motion picture footage viewable on this page.
Tim Kalina for his Lockheed aircraft expertise, photographs and color commentary and the The Elmer C. McLeod Photograph and Document Collection. Andy Heins, National Waco Club President, for his Waco aircraft expertise. C. Burton Cosgrove, III for the Cosgrove Collection. Mike Gerow for the Gerow Collection, and for information and many images distributed around the site. Ed Russell for the Harold "Hap" Russell Collection.
Lizbeth Zemke and Scott Willey for the Lee Willey Collection. Paul Denault and John Baldwin provided photographs, artifacts and information for the Benton R. Baldwin Photograph & Document Collection. The The Aline "Pat" Rhonie Photograph and Document Collection is shared with us courtesy of the Hofheimer family via pilot Rhonie's niece, Carol Roberts.
William Barnes for sharing photographs and documents with us that comprise The William H. McMullen Naval Aviation Photograph Collection.Clarence Gilpin for sharing the Clarence B. Gilpin Collection of Gilpin Air Lines Photographs and Documents. Bruce Klein for sharing the Klein Archive of Aviation Photographs.
John Underwood for sharing his copy of the Clover Field Register, and for allowing me to scan a great number of photographs for the Davis-Monthan, Clover and Grand Central Air Terminal Web sites.
John Underwood and the Glendale Public Library for sharing their copies of the Grand Central Air Terminal Register.
The Peterson Field Register from Colorado Springs, CO was discovered by C.E.Gundersen, who obtained and shared a full-sized photocopy with me.
David Pitcairn arranged for me to photograph the Register of Pitcairn Field, Willow Grove, PA.
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