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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.
Burt Cosgrove was
the manager of the Davis-Monthan Airfield from 1928 to 1932.
As well, he was a pilot and airplane owner, and an ardent
and competent amateur photographer. Most of the images in
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.
The images of the Collection are presented without touch
up or modification, except for squaring margins, sizing and
optimizing for web download. Unless otherwise indicated,
they were scanned at 200dpi, using a Hewlett-Packard 4370
Where some images may have interesting details viewed better
at higher resolution, the scans were made at a higher dpi
(300-1200dpi depending on details). These higher-resolution
images are made available as PDF files, downloadable ad
lib, so as not to slow display rates for the main pages.
The images are displayed without much technical commentary.
Rather, the links will take you to further information, where
Take time to examine these important records of the Golden
Age of Aviation. Enjoy everything!
THE CORNELIUS BURTON COSGROVE, JR. PHOTOGRAPH AND DOCUMENT COLLECTION
C.B. Cosgrove, III with Your Webmaster, October, 2006.
We're holding one of the many volumes of his father's Golden
Age aviation photo albums.
The photograph and document collection of C.B. Cosgrove,
Jr. contains 282 items. I have divided them into reasonable
categories to make the collection easier to implement online,
and to make it easier for site visitors to work through the
Unless otherwise noted, the images were scanned at 200dpi.
Please note also: other than cropping, sizing and optimizing
the images for web display, they are unretouched in any way.
Most of them are published nowhere else but here at www.dmairfield.org.
What you see is how it is in the late Col. Cosgrove's albums!
EVENTS Presents two images
of vintage posters of the era.
People Whose Last Names Begin With:
A-C -- Presents eleven
images of G.H. Benefield, "Ace"
Caldwell, H.D. Campbell, Ray Clark, John Collings (letter), B. Connell, Wier
Cook, Joe Crosson and C.C.
D-H -- Presents nine images of Jack Davies, Donald Douglas,
E.E. Harmon and others.
I-L -- Presents 14
images of notables such as Charles
Lindbergh, Martin Jensen (did not sign the Register),
Jack Laass and others. Two views of cachets carried by
Lindbergh during his air mail hop to Cuba in February 1928
M-O -- Presents ten
images of people who landed at the Airfield as either pilots
or passengers, including John
Oakley Kelly, George
Mayse and others.
P-S -- Presents 21
images of people: Augie Pedlar, Ross
Carl Spatz, Eddie
Stinson and others.
T-Z -- Presents 14 images of TAT pilots, Roscoe Turner,
Clarence Tinker, Al Wilson and others.
Special Groupings of People:
Presents 17 images and
one PDF download containing 15 newsclippings pertaining exclusively
to C.B. Cosgrove, Jr., including his wife and Davis-Monthan
Female Pilots -- Presents 12 images of female participants
in the 1929 and 1930 National Air Races.
T.V. Foster --
Presents four splendid images of a very frequent visitor
to the Airfield, Thaddeus V. Foster.
Arthur Goebel --
Presents three candid images of this WWI and WWII Air Corps
officer, prolific entrepreneur and Golden Age air racer.
The Hunter Brothers --
Presents four air and ground images of these intrepid endurance
fliers, Albert, John, Kenneth and Walter Hunter.
Jerome -- Presents three images of this
Marine Corps aviator and friend of C.B. Cosgrove.
Ford" -- Presents three images of the
Ford" on the ground at Tucson. This was
one of Admiral Richard Byrd's polar aircraft.
John M. Miller --
Presents five action images of John
M. Miller and his Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogiro on the ground
at Tucson during his record-setting coast-to-coast flight
Pioneer Hotel -- One image
of the aviation-themed lounge at this Tucson Golden Age
landmark hotel. You need to explore this wonderfully interesting
and amusing room! Hi-resolution image download available
to help you do that.
Davis-Monthan Airfield --
Three images of the old Airfield and memorabilia surrounding
its dedication on November 1, 1925. Hi-resolution image
download available to help you explore the old Airfield.
AIRPLANES -- Presents 92 images of military (16 images)
and civil (72 images) aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan
STANDARD AIR LINES --
Presents nine images of Standard Air Lines aircraft and passengers
(on the ground at Tucson), and facilities.
FIRST WORLD FLIGHT --
Presents 45 images of the "First World Flight" Douglas
World Cruisers (designated DWC and modified from the Navy
DT-2 torpedo bomber) in the air and on the ground at Tucson,
AZ September 21, 1924. Pilots and crew also pictured.
THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 11/12/06 REVISED: 01/09/07, 01/23/07, 02/18/07, 02/29/08
CREDITS AND PERMISSIONS
To use the photographs of The Cornelius Burton
Cosgrove, Jr. Collection for any purpose, please contact their owner:
C.B. Cosgrove, III at 5555 Zuni Rd., SE, Suite 206, Albuquerque,
OTHER BOOKS FOR YOU
"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. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.
"Art Goebel's Own Story" 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. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-1-8.
"Winners' Viewpoints: The Great 1927 Trans-Pacific Dole Race" is available at the link. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. What was it like to fly from Oakland to Honolulu in a single-engine plane during August 1927? Was the 25,000 dollar prize worth it? Did the resulting fame balance the risk? For the first time ever, this book presents the pilot and navigator's stories written by them within days of their record-setting adventure. Pilot Art Goebel and navigator William V. Davis, Jr. take us with them on the Woolaroc, their orange and blue Travel Air monoplane (NX869) as they enter the hazardous world of Golden Age trans-oceanic air racing. ISBN 978-0-9843074-3-2.