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For its size and geographic location, Peterson Field attracted a significant number of the foremost aviators of the Golden Age. Aircraft manufacturers, record-setting pilots, transport pilots and their passengers are all represented.
At Peterson Field during the period the Register lay open for pilots to sign, 610 landings were by civil pilots, seven by female pilots and 55 by military. Clearly, when most pilots flew, it was generally with someone else on board. Solo flight comprised only 190 landings, or about about 28% of landed traffic.
Unlike the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register which is a part of this suite of Register sites, the Peterson Field Register did not have a specific printed column devoted to passenger identities. Therefore, passengers are under-represented or represented only by numbers, e.g. "4" passengers, rather than by name. This is too bad, since the majority of flights carried passengers for whom we will never know their names.
Please use the dropdown menus below to select pilots or passengers from the database, and to learn about their lives.
Despite the conditions, by exploring their biographies we can determine that they were flying for pleasure, on business, participating in various aeronautical events, early air transport operations, military maneuvers and training, ferrying aircraft and, probably many other reasons known only to themselves. Oil company representatives, airplane manufacturers and dealers ferrying new aircraft, and politicians frequented the Airfield.
Please understand that many Peterson Field pilots have no biographical information YET associated with them. The reason being that I just do not know who they were, or I just haven't had time or resources to research them. If you want to kickstart your journey through my site, please check "What's New on the Site" (link at top and bottom of each Web page) to see links to pilots and passengers I have recently uploaded. Follow those links for examples of the types of extended information I envision for all the people on this site.
Military logistical and training missions used the Airfield several times. The interbellum was a learning period for the young Army Air Corps. How do you move large numbers of military aircraft from one place to another in the country? How to train pilots in cross-country skills? How to use military aircraft, in times of need, for civilian crises such as floods, blizzards or medical emergencies?
You can access information about any of the 179 unique pilots who signed the Register, or any of the 6 unique passengers who rode with them. ALL their names are listed in the dropdown menus above, because YOU, the site user, might know of them and I would like you to share what you know with me via CONTACT WEBMASTER , or via the FORM provided. With your permission, I'll add your information to the Web site with appropriate credit to you.
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