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Your copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register (available in paperback) 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 Kindle Edition 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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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 (available in paperback) 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 (available as free PDF download) 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 Kindle Edition 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 & Kindle Edition) 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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CARLYLE LaMAR NELSON

 

LaMar Nelson, January, 1941 (Source: TWA)

 

One frustrating thing about the Grand Central Air Terminal (GCAT) Register is that it wasn't filled out by pilots themselves. The Register was kept in an office (probably in the control tower with a view of the runway) and completed by a shift of numerous operators who entered the airplane numbers and maybe some names if they knew them. Most of the time little attention was paid to the name of pilots or names or numbers of passengers. Sometimes the name column was left blank, or only the last name, if known, was filled in.

Such is the case for this individual, who is signed in the Register simply as "Nelson." A little detective work, though, helps us identify "Nelson" as LaMar Nelson, a prolific military and commercial pilot of both World Wars and much of the Golden Age in between.

Nelson signed the GCAT Register six times during March-April, 1931. He was a pilot for TWA, flying the Fokker F-10 from Glendale to Kansas City, MO. His punctuality was excellent, never departing more than four minutes late. The tower operator only identified one of his F-10s as NC999E. NC999E landed one other time at GCAT and the pilot was not identified. The Glendale to Kansas City itinerary was recorded only three days after his first landing with 999E, however, so we might log this as Nelson's seventh occurrence at the airport.

Photograph, right, is from the January 28, 1941 issue of the TWA Skyliner, an internal TWA publication, documents Nelson's retirement from the airlines and re-entry into the military during WWII.

Nelson also landed twice at the Davis-Monthan Airfield in Tucson, AZ. These landings were in conjunction with his flight operations on behalf of Scenic Airways based at Phoenix, AZ. Scenic Airways offered recreational rides over the Grand Canyon, among other destinations. Please direct your browser to the link for additional information and more photographs.

 

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