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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. ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1.

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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. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.

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ARMY PURSUIT AIRCRAFT AT TUCSON

This film was taken at the Davis-Monthan Airfield, Tucson, AZ probably on September 7, 1928. On that Friday at 9:30AM ten Curtiss P-1 Hawks landed. This 35-second film shows them on the flight line with some of their pilots and other personnel milling around the aircraft.

This is a silent film. Use your cursor and the menu bar below the image to control the movie.

Based at Selfridge Field, Detroit, MI, these aircraft and their pilots arrived from El Paso, TX. They stayed until noon and then departed westward for San Diego, CA. Their presence is cited in the Register on page 56-57. The names of the pilots and the (probably) squadron numbers of their airplanes are shown in the following table.

Plane
Type

Plane
Model

Plane
Number

Arrival
Date

Pilot
Last Name

First Name

Curtiss

Hawk

7

9/7/1928

Cannon

J.K.

Curtiss

Hawk

2

9/7/1928

Doolittle

William H.

Curtiss

Hawk

10

9/7/1928

Haddon

Julian B.

Curtiss

Hawk

1

9/7/1928

Hovey

B.M.

Curtiss

Hawk

5

9/7/1928

Irvin

Frank G.

Curtiss

Hawk

8

9/7/1928

Klein

Frank D.

Curtiss

Hawk

206

9/7/1928

Royce

Ralph T.

Curtiss

Hawk

13

9/7/1928

Schoenlein

Robert L.

Curtiss

Hawk

13

9/7/1928

Stoner

Rex K.

Curtiss

Hawk

9

9/7/1928

Strahm

Victor H.

If anyone can identify any of the people shown in the film, please contact me using this FORM.

Refer to the film clip of Keystone LB5A bombers that landed at Tucson on the same day, about an hour after the fighters departed.

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UPLOADED: 04/03/07 REVISED: 12/18/09

 
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FILM CREDITS

This clip is shared with us through the courtesy of Les Wolf & Family of Tucson.  The films come to us through Lt. Col. (RET) Alan Thomas, long-time friend of dmairfield.org.  The original film, camera and projector belonged to Les Wolf’s step dad; John Phieffer.  According to Mr. Wolf’s late grandmother Mr. Phieffer owned the first 16mm equipment in Tucson at the time.  The films, original camera and projector were retrieved during a remodel of the family home in January 1989.

At that time the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson was undergoing substantial remodeling and they discovered footage of its original construction among the film reels.  The films were donated to the Arizona Historical Society and to local TV stations, which used them in their broadcast stories about the Temple of Music and Art.

Mr. Wolf says, “My father (… now deceased) was born in Tucson (1917) and [lived] thru all that history [which] didn’t impress him as it did me.  Subsequently he “allowed” donation of these materials in our shared name; Les Wolf & family.  All my family dearly loves Tucson and its history.  On their behalf, thank you for your interest.” 

It is we who should thank Mr. Wolf and Lt. Col. Thomas!

 
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