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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 here. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.

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This link leads you to a book that 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.

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CHOLLAS HEIGHTS GLOBAL NAVAL RADIO TRANSMITTING FACILITY

 

Chollas Heights Entry Gate
Chollas Heights Entry Gate

 

The antenna array is gone today. Several artifacts remain, however. There are three footings that supported the bases, 1, 2 & 3, of the three tower uprights. These are in a preserve as shown below.

Antenna Footings, Chollas Heights, May, 2009
Antenna Footings, Chollas Heights, May, 2009

This photo shows footings 1 & 2, above, more closely. They are massive concrete structures with steel couplings (reddish color) to connect the uprights.

Antenna Footings, Chollas Heights, May, 2009
Antenna Footings, Chollas Heights, May, 2009

 

Disbursed around the site is signage that gives background on the construction and operation of the site. This one describes the history of the facility.

Chollas Heights, Descriptive Signage, May, 2009
Chollas Heights, Descriptive Signage, May, 2009

 

Chollas Heights, Descriptive Signage, May, 2009
Chollas Heights, Descriptive Signage, May, 2009

If you look closely at the center mast above, you'll see what appears to be a smaller cross-bar at the top. This "smaller" cross-bar held the conductors that connected across the tips of all three masts. One of the bars was preserved and, at ground level now, looks like the image below.

Chollas Heights Antenna Cross-Bar, May, 2009
Chollas Heights Antenna Cross-Bar, May, 2009

You can see the approximate location of this antenna array on an old map exhibited at the Charles Cooper Photograph and Document Collection.

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Thanks to Mike Gerow for guiding me to the site of the Chollas Heights facility.
 
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