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Ball, Larry A. 1998. Those Remarkable Mooneys. Ball Publications. Indianapolis, IN. LOC 97-93-261. WL (signed by author Ball)

Cosgrove, C.B. III, M. Gerow, E. Russell and G.W. Hyatt. 2007. “Three New Historic Aviation Photograph and Document Collections.” AAHS Journal. 52.4 (Winter, 2007), pp. 291-303 (PDF 785KB). Paper presented simultaneously at the Conference of Historic Aviation Writers, Memphis, TN October 19-21, 2007. WL

deVries, John A. 1994. Alexander Eaglerock: A History of Alexander Aircraft Company. Wolfgang Publishers. East St. Louis, Illinios. 148 pp. WL

Hyatt, G.W. 2007. The Register of the Davis-Monthan Aviation Field With Cross-References to the Pilots Who Landed There and Their Aircraft. Louisville, KY. 323 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 978-0-9843074-0-1. WL

____ 2007. Art Goebel’s Own Story by Art Goebel. Louisville, KY. 60 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 978-0-9843074-1-8. WL

____ 2009. Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race. Louisville, KY. 172 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 978-0-9843074-3-2. WL --->

_____ 2004. “Women of the Golden Age: Their Airplanes and Their Spirits Still Live!” Sport Aviation. 53:3, March 2004. pp. 48-56. 1.58MB PDF. WL

____ 2006. “Standard Air Lines: A Productivity and Operations History for Davis-Monthan Aviation Field, 1927-1930.” AAHS Journal.51:1. Spring, 2006. WL

_____ 2010. "The Congress of Ghosts." Skyways: The Journal of the Airplane 1920-1940. Volume 90, April, 2010. Pp. 22-26.

_____ 2010. The Congress of Ghosts. Louisville, KY. 265 pages. Purchasing this book supports the research and development of (use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author). ISBN 978-0-9843074-4-9. WL

Smith, Frank Kingston. 1981. Legacy of Wings: The Harold F. Pitcairn Story. T.D. Associates. Lafayette Hill, PA. 371 pp. WL

Underwood, John. 1984. Madcaps, Millionaires and 'Mose'. Heritage Press, Glendale, CA. 144pp. (signed by author Underwood) WL

____ 2007. Grand Central Air Terminal. Arcadia Publishing. Charleston, SC. 127pp. (signed by author Underwood) WL

Wright, William C. 1977. Rearwin: A Story of Men, Planes, and Aircraft Manufacturing During the Great Depression. Sunflower University Press. Manhattan, KS. 300pp. WL



Airport Directory Company. 1933. Airports and Established Landing Fields in the United States, 1933 Edition. Hackensack, NJ. 250+40 pp. WL

Airport Directory Company. 1938. Airports and Established Landing Fields in the United States, 1938 Edition. Hackensack, NJ. 312 pp. WL

Allen, Richard S. 1988. Revolution in the Sky: The Lockheeds of Aviation's Golden Age. Orion Books, NY. 253 pp. Author Richard Sanders Allen died June 30, 2008 at the age of 91 in Lewiston, Idaho. His book is the definitive source for early Lockheeds. His files on the registration records for early Lockheed aircraft are maintained at the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC. They were extremely useful while building Web pages for some of the 96 Lockheed aircraft recorded in the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register and other Registers of the Delta Mike Airfield suite. WL

Dutton, Wm. W. 1949. DuPont: One Hundred and Forty Years. Charles Scribner's Sons. NY. 403pp. WL

Forden, Lesley. 1972. The Ford Air Tours 1925-1931: A Complete Narrative and Pictorial History of the Seven National Air Tour Competitions for the Edsel B. Ford Reliability Trophy. THE NOTTINGHAM PRESS. Available for sale or download here. WL

Gardner, L.D. (Ed.). 1928. Who's Who in American Aeronautics. The Blue Book of American Airmen. Aviation Publishing Corporation. New York, NY. 173pp. Besides brief biographical entries for noted aviators of the era, there is a table in this book (pp. 133-171) that lists, current to March 1, 1928, the pilots by name along with the type and number of Department of Commerce-issued pilot licenses earned by them. Donated to Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. Research Library by G. Leuckenotte, February, 2015. WL

U.S. Department of Commerce. Bureau of Air Commerce. January 1, 1937. Descriptions of Airports and Landing Fields in the United States. Airway Bulletin No. 2. U.S. Govt. Printing Office. Washington, DC. 222 pp. Donated to the Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. Library by Tim Kalina, 2008. WL

Writer's Program, The Work Projects Administration. 1942-43. Who's Who in Aviation: A Directory of Living Men and Women Who Have Contributed to the Growth of Aviation in the United States. Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., NY. 486 pp. Donated to Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. Research Library by David Pitcairn, October, 2010. WL





Bruce, Mary Victor. 1977. Nine Lives Plus: Record-breaking on Land, Sea, and in the Air. Pelham Books: London. ISBN 0 7207 0974 1.

Doyle, Lorraine O'Donnell. 2001. Second to None: The Story of Lloyd & Gladys O'Donnell and the 1929 Women's Air Derby. LOD. Box 1109, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. 184pp. (signed by author O'Donnell). WL

England, J. Merton & Joseph Reither. "Women Pilots With the AAF, 1941-1944". Army Air Forces Historical Studies #55. March, 1946. PDF 133 pp., 4.6MB. WL

Hyatt, G.W. 2004. “Women of the Golden Age: Their Airplanes and Their Spirits Still Live!” Sport Aviation. 53:3, March 2004. pp. 48-56. 1.58MB PDF. WL

Jessen, Gene Nora. 2002. The Powder Puff Derby of 1929. Sourcebooks, Inc. Naperville, IL. (171pp). You may order this book here. Author Jessen was a member of the original "Mercury 13": women who, in 1961, were chosen for astronaut training.Their training was, unfortunately, cancelled. WL

Kessler, Lauren. 2000. The Happy Bottom Riding Club. Random House, NY. ISBN 0-375-50124-X. Biography of Pancho Barnes. WL

Monday, Travis. 2005. Wings, Wasp & Warriors. 212pp. ISBN 1411658833, 9781411658837. Available for review online here.

Jaros, Dean. 1993. Heroes Without Legacy: American Airwomen, 1912-1944. University Press of Colorado. Niwot, CO. 265 pp. WL

The Ninety-Nines. 1996. The Ninety-Nines: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Turner Publishers, Paducah, KY. 264 pp. ISBN 1-56311-203-5. WL

Oakes, Claudia M. 1985. United States Women in Aviation 1930-1939. Smithsonian Studies in Air and Space, Number 6. Smithsonian Institution Press. Washington, DC. (PDF 3.8MB) WL

Planck, Charles E. 1942. Women with Wings. Harper & Brothers. New York. 333 pp. (signed by author Planck). WL

Schultz, Barbara. 1996. Pancho. Little Buttes Publishing Co., Lancaster, CA. 243 pp. ISBN 0-9652181-0-4. Biography of Pancho Barnes. WL

Tate, Grover Ted. 1984. The Lady Who Tamed Pegasus. Maverick. 104 pp. ISBN 0-89288-092-9. Biography of Pancho Barnes. WL

Turner, Betty Stagg. 2001. Out of the Blue and Into History: Women Airforce Service Pilots, WWII. Aviatrix Publishing, Inc. Arlington Heights, IL. 576 pp. (signed by author Stagg). WL

Veca, Donna & Skip Mazzio, 1987. Just Plane Crazy. Aviation Book Company, Glendale, CA ISBN 0-940997-01-0. This book is a biography of Bobbi Trout. (signed by Bobbi Trout). WL



Journal of the American Aviation Historical Society. The Society publishes a quarterly Journal. It also sponsors and maintains a Web site that includes online databases and collections useful to historic aviation researchers who are members of the Society.

Skyways: The Journal of the Airplane 1920-1940.

British journal FLIGHT 1909-2004.



Aircraft Yearbook . Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America, Inc. New York, NY. Events, technological advances, political and financial issues related to aviation, and happenings for the previous year are reported in each annual volume. The volumes specifically referred to on this Web site range from 1926-1937. As of January 2009, the Google digital book project has a couple of these volumes online in readable form (and downloadable as PDF files!). For example, the volume for 1919 is at the link. WL

Listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed Aircraft ("Data Cards") in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC. These are literally 8.5" x 11" formatted cards that have summaries of the chain of custody through the years for individual aircraft (one aircraft per card). Where additional information is required, you may be able to order the full record directly from the FAA. The costs are very reasonable.

Juptner, Joseph. 1962-1981. U.S. Civil Aircraft. Volumes 1-9. Aero Publishers, Inc. Fallbrook, CA. (left). The sine qua non for information about early U.S. aircraft. I have seen reprints of these nine volumes at air shows for $450, but you can probably pick up originals piecemeal online for a lot less. WL

Smithsonian Annals of Flight Series.



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"Art Goebel's Own Story" 2010 is the fifth anniversary year of the Web site Likewise, 2010 marks the tenth anniversary of your Webmaster's labors on behalf of the Registers that are the focus of this suite of Web sites. We celebrate this double anniversary year with a free book download. Please click the link to acquire your own copy of "Art Goebel's Own Story" (PDF 5.5MB). XC




The sites linked below (in roughly alphabetical order) are frequently referenced from various Web pages on These are quality sites that are well-documented, periodically updated and have remained stable for a number of years.

Click to go to Abandoned and Little-Known Airfields. The Webmaster at this site, Paul Freeman, has compiled descriptions and images of 1,412 airfields in all 50 states. He includes "then & now" aerials of some fields (you'd be surprised at how many old airfields are now shopping centers), as well as navigational chart depictions of the airfields through the years. Many Arrived From and Destination airfields cited in the Register by Parks pilots are referenced at this site.

Click to go to, a comprehensive airplane history and reference site, with keyword-searchable database of civil and military aircraft. If it ever flew, it's here. Likewise, information on air racing, biographies, museums, etc.

Air Force Historical Studies Office. The home page of this site has a link to "Our Books and Online Publications." Follow the link to a list of Historical Studies Office publications by author and by title. Some of these are specifically relevant to the Army pilots, aircraft and events recorded in the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. The site is a good browse.

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) "Timeless Voices of Aviation" (home page). This Web site has compiled hundreds of one-on-one video interviews of the people of aviation. Our Davis-Monthan Airfield Register pilot John M. Miller is specifically featured at this link. Likewise, the EAA interview with Your Webmaster is at this link. The general data base of all interviewees is at the link.

Click to go to Joe Baugher's Site. There you will find all USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF aircraft serial numbers listed chronologically, 1908 to present. Further, you will also find US Navy and US Marine Corps aircraft serial numbers and Bureau Numbers, 1911 to present. Brief descriptions of airplane fates, when known, are listed after some of the numbers. For example, got a photograph of your grandfather standing next to a twin-engined airplane with the number 41-7496 stenciled on it? Go to Joe's site and find out that the airplane was a P-38F Lightning, wrecked at Metropolitan Airport, Van Nuys, CA on June 1, 1943. Hopefullly your grandfather wasn't in it!

Click to go to the home page of Early Birds of Aviation Web site. The Early Birds were an organization of pioneer aviators who flew solo before December 17, 1916. This site has many interesting photographs and biographies of these elite pilots. There are no surviving members of the Early Birds of Aviation as of the upload date of this page. Early Birds who signed the Parks Field Register are William Brock, Walter Carr and John Frost.

The home of Flabob Airport. Flabob Airport (Riverside, CA) is the seventh oldest surviving airport in California.

British aviation journal Flight from 1909-2004. Go to this site, click the ARCHIVE button, and you will find, in keyword-searchable, PDF downloadable and printable form, all the volumes of this journal. What a storehouse of information, especially for British and Continental aviation. U.S. and global flight coverage is also timely and fairly broad. Retrieval of information is somewhat slow, but worth the wait.

The home page of the Los Angeles Public Library Web site is a great source for photographs of Register aircraft and people. From the home page click "Browse the Photo Collection".

The Missouri Aviation Historical Society is at the link. This is a new site, and the Webmaster tells me, as of 6/27/13, "We just got the website going a couple months ago, so still need to populate it with quite a bit of information." Check back from time to time to see progress.

The home page of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC. The archivists at the Museum have graciously, and with great hospitality, hosted your Webmaster every summer since 2001 to work with their records of people, airplanes and events relevant to, THE Web site of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register. Literally thousands of pages on are touched by information learned and acquired from the NASM, not the least of which is their collection of biographical files (PDF 44.5KB). For further information and exploration of NASM holdings, you can click from the NASM home page dropdown menus RESEARCH --> ARCHIVES. Phone numbers and email addresses are there to support your own research needs. Email addresses and phone numbers, as well as personnel, change from time to time, so check the NASM site for the latest ones. Site visitors ask me all the time, "Can I go to the Archives and look stuff up?" The answer is, if you're a U.S. citizen, "Absolutely!" As a taxpayer, the Archives are yours to use in compliance with a few ground rules.

National Museum of the Air Force. Located in Dayton, OH.

The home page of a virtual tour of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Try the link for a unique trip through the Museum. Click the map for the "Early Years" to see some of the Army aircraft types that are represented n the Register. Not as good as being at the Museum in person, but tour will whet your appetite to go visit.

National Naval Aviation Museum. Located in Pensacola, FL, the NNAM is one of the largest aviation museums, exhibiting more than 150 restored aircraft. Among them is the Curtiss Hawk A-6969, which landed at Tucson and is recorded in the Register on February 20, 1928. Admission and guided tours are free.

The home page of The Ninety-Nines, the Web site of the international pilot organization for women. Forty-two female pilots visited the Davis-Monthan Airfield between 1929 and 1936. Fourteen of them were Charter Members of The Ninety-Nines. Nine of the aircraft they flew are still registered with the FAA today. The 99s site lists all the charter members, and exhibits biographies of some female Register pilots.

The home page of the San Diego Aerospace Museum (SDAM). The Museum kindly allows us to exhibit a selection of images and artifacts from their collections. See, for example,Grover Ruckstell, among others. The Museum Archives have published thousands of photographs online as a Flickr stream. Many are able to be used with limited rights.

Specific set of SDAM images related to Ryan Aeronautical Company. The Museum describes the image set: "These rare images document the history of San Diego's Ryan Aeronautical. Highlights include the Spirit of St. Louis, Charles Lindbergh, the ST series of aircraft, PT series and Brougham series of aircraft, the Firebee and Fireball, among other subjects! These images were collected and organized by Ryan Historian William Wagner." 4,200 images; a useful browse.

Follow this link to the Smithsonian Annals of Flight volumes (10 of them) alphabetized by title. These variable-length PDFs are downloadable at no charge.

Follow this link to the Virtual Aircraft Museum. Hundreds of aircraft, international coverage, some diagrammed in 3-view with specs. Historic as well as modern aircraft.


THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 06/13/13 REVISED: Continuously, as new information becomes available.