eighteen year old Douglas H. Davis volunteered for the
United States Army Air Service becoming it's youngest pilot.
After World War I, Davis travelled throughout the United
States "barnstorming" in a Curtiss "Jenny". Making a name
for himself in the aviation industry by performing stunts
like dropping Baby Ruth candy bars over Coney Island, Davis,
was hired as a sales distributor for the Travel Air Company.
Walter Beech, the president and founder of the Travel Air
company, selected Davis to pilot the new Travel Air "Mystery
Ship" in the 1929 National Air Races. Davis flew the
"Mystery Ship" to victory in "Event No. 26", the predecessor
of the Thompson Trophy Race.