C.B. Cosgrove, Jr.

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BACKGROUND

Burt Cosgrove was the manager of the Davis-Monthan Airfield from 1928 to 1932. As well, he was a pilot and airplane owner, and a competent amateur photographer. This collection of images comes from his Leica camera that he kept handy at the Airfield during his tenure.

The Cornelius Burton Cosgrove, Jr. Collection is important to understanding the role the Davis-Monthan Airfield played in civil, commercial and military aviation during the Golden Age. It gives us almost a day-to-day "movie" of the comings and goings of the people and airplanes of the era. It provides significant insight into the humanity and pioneering spirit of the people who give us the art and science of aviation here in the 21st century.

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THE CORNELIUS BURTON COSGROVE, JR.

PHOTOGRAPH AND DOCUMENT COLLECTION

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This group presents 10 images of people who landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield, either as pilots or passengers.

Below, John A. Macready (L) and Oakley G. Kelly. They are best known for their transcontinental airplane flight early May 1923, when they flew a single-engine, high wing Army Fokker T-2 over the 2,625 miles from Mitchel Field, NY to San Diego, CA in 26 hours 50 minutes and 48 seconds. This set the record for transcontinental flight by a heavier than air craft. Their airplane was not refueled enroute. Macready became Aviation Manager for the Shell Oil Co.

John A. Macready & Oakley G. Kelly
Macready & Kelley

The data on the back of the above photo is below. The contrast of this image was adjusted for better readability.

Macready & Kelly Data
Macready & Kelly Data

Another view of Macready (R) and Kelly after their record flight.

Kelly & Macready
Macready & Kelly

Below, B.F. Mahoney of Ryan Aircraft, George Noville and George H. Prudden. Noville was the only signer of the Register, as a passenger with Floyd Bennett during the tour of the "Josephine Ford". The airplane in the background might be Prudden's all metal trimotor.

Both Mahoney and Noville sport fountain pens in their pockets. Hopefully for them this image was made after 1933, when the Parker 51 fountain pen became available on the market (the one with the hooded nib; designed to commemorate the 51st year of the Parker Pen business), which was the first fountain pen engineered for use in airplanes. Note the severe pince nez worn by Noville, and what looks like an airplane-themed stick pin in his necktie. We see a helmet and goggles in Mahoney's right pocket, and a 16mm movie camera held under Prudden's arm. We can only wonder where those films are today!

Mahoney, Noville, Prudden
Mahoney, Noville, Prudden

Below, Lester J. Maitland and Albert F. Hegenberger visited Tucson on June 20, 1927. They were on their way to San Francisco to begin their trans-Pacific flight on June 28. They were the first pilots to fly non-stop from San Francisco to Hawaii on June 28, 1927 in an Army Fokker C-2. They wrote "Honolulu or bust" in the remarks column of the Register. Their airplane behind them is probably 26-202, the C-2 that was left in Hawaii after their flight. See this link and scroll down to see another image of their airplane on the ground at Tucson..

Maitland (R) & Hegenberger
Maitland & Hegenberger

Charles W. Mayse was a Tucson local, signing the Register ten times between 1926 and 1932. Image, below, taken February 4, 1927, shows Mayse in the cockpit, ear flaps flapping. The gentleman leaning on the fuselage is identified on the photo as Sam Agee (did not sign the Register). A Curtiss Jenny is in the background.

Charlie Mayse, 2/4/1927
Charlie Mayse

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Lt. D.L. McKittrick landed twice at Tucson, on December 14 and 22, 1926. Both times he flew Boeing aircraft. Based in Quantico, VA, he was westbound to San Diego, CA on the 14th and eastbound on the 22nd. On his last visit he noted in the Remarks column of the Register, "Going home". By the look on his face, the image, below is probably taken by Burt Cosgrove on the 22nd. We hope he made it home by Christmas!

D.L. McKittrick
D.L. McKittrick

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C.C. Moseley, manager of the Glendale Airport. Moseley visited Tucson on February 26, 1928 flying Fokker F-7 NC3908.

C.C. Moseley, Date Unknown
C.C. Moseley

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William C. Ocker landed three times at Tucson between 1928 and 1931. Like Hegenberger, above, he played an early role in instrument flight technology.

W.C. Ocker, Date Unknown
W.C. Ocker

Image, below, of the back of the image above. No information about the dogs.

W.C. Ocker Data
W.C. Ocker

 

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To use these photographs for any purpose, please contact their owner:

C.B. Cosgrove, III at 5555 Zuni Rd., SE, Suite 206, Albuquerque, NM 87106

 
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