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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 It includes across 277 pages previously unpublished photographs and texts, and facsimiles of personal letters, diaries and military orders.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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CHARLES WILLIAM "BILL" GILPIN

 

C.W. Bill Gilpin, Date Unknown (Source: Sparks)
C.W. Bill Gilpin, Date Unknown (Source: Sparks)

 

Bill Gilpin was a southwest charter and air transport operator under the name Gilpin Airlines. His airline grew into one of the largest fixed base companies in the southwest. On one route, it flew between Los Angeles and Tijuana, carrying "parched" Californians to the tracks and gambling casinos in Mexico (remember, Prohibition was still the law of the land until December, 1933).

Gilpin landed over 35 times at Glendale, flying five aircraft of his fleet. He landed eight times in Ryan NC313K, four times in the Fairchild NC4229, 13 times in the Bach NC8069, seven times in the Bach NC850E and five times in Fairchild NC9114. The photo, right shows him behind the starboard wing of this last airplane. You can see the first two numerals of the registration number on the top of the wing behind his head.

Besides his large number of landings at Glendale, Gilpin also landed 11 times at Tucson, AZ and signed the Davis-Monthan Register there between 1926 and 1929.

Gilpin's biography is online at the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site at the link. Please direct you browser there to view memorabilia from his business, including schedule cards and charge rates for passenger flights, and to find a link to a YouTube video.

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