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Stephen Balzer Correspondence, 1898-1962 (bulk 1899-1932)

Creator:
Balzer, Stephen M
Subject:
Balzer, Stephen M
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
Manly, Charles Matthews 1876-1927
Physical description:
.56 cubic feet (1 16x20x3 flatbox)
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Financial records
Date:
1898
1898-1962
bulk 1899-1932
1903-1916
Topic:
Langley-Manly-Balzer Aero Engine of 1903 5-Cyl. Radial
Aeronautics
Local number:
XXXX-0129
Summary:
This collection consists of correspondence between Stephen Balzer and S.P. Langley, Richard Rathbun, Charles M. Manley, and others pertaining to the 52-HP Radial Engine he designed. In addition Balzer designed and built the first automobile to run in New York City, which was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution. Balzer's engine-building ability came to the attention of Langley in 1898, who decided that a gasoline engine would be more practical for his proposed man-carrying airplane than a steam power plant. There are five items that have no date, including a voucher for payments to Balzer by the Smithsonian Institution, a summary of the engine's progress by Balzer, and the cover of a mail package from V.W. Balzer to Philip S. Hopkins (NAM).
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Autogiro Company of America v. United States Collection, 1958-1962

Subject:
Kellet Autogiro Corp
Pitcairn Autogiro Co, Inc
Cierva Autogiro Co, Ltd
Autogiro Company of America
Physical description:
10.90 cubic feet (10 records center boxes) (2 11x14x25 transfiles)
10.40 linear feet
Type:
Patents
Collection descriptions
Contracts
Publications
Transcripts
Date:
1958
1958-1962
Topic:
Aeronautics--Law and legislation
Autogiros
Aeronautics
Local number:
XXXX-0060
Notes:
The Autogiro Co. of America was formed in 1931 to hold the US licensing rights of the Cierva Autogiro Co, Ltd. of England. Autogiro sublicensed these rights to Kellet Autogiro Co [Philadelphia, PA] and Pitcairn Autogiro Co [Willow Grove, PA], which developed and manufactured a number of autogiros during the 1930s. During World War II, Kellet stopped working on autogiros in favor of helicopters. Pitcairn Autogiro became Pitcairn Larsen Autogiro in 1940 then G&A Aircraft, Inc., which was bought out by Firestone Aircraft in 1943 before fading from the aviation scene. In 1958 Autogiro brought suit against the United Sates, charging that the government had infringed on Autogiro's patent rights by procuring rotary wing aircraft from Bell, Hiller, McCollock, and Vertol/Piasecki, which were not sublicensees of Autogiro's patents.
Summary:
This collection contains documents relating to the 1958-62 Autogiro Company of America vs. the United States. The collection includes transcripts of hearings and copies of patents and contracts relevant to the case.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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27th Aero Squadron Scrapbook [Nathan Blumberg], 1917-1973

Creator:
Blumberg, Nathan
Subject:
Blumberg, Nathan
Luke, Frank Jr
Rickenbacker, Eddie 1890-1973
United States Army Air Service 1st Pursuit Group 27th Aero Squadron
Physical description:
0.14 cubic feet (1 14.5x11x1 flatbox)
Type:
Scrapbooks
Collection descriptions
Date:
1917
1917-1973
Topic:
Aeronautics
Aeronautics, Military
World War, 1914-1918
SPAD XIII (S.13)
Dorand A.R. (Avion de Reconnaissance) Series
Nieuport (France) 28
de Havilland (Airco) D.H.4
Local number:
1991-0028
Notes:
The 27th Aero Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group, was chartered on 23 June 1917 and served in France during World War I. After training, the squadron embarked for Europe on 25 January 1918 and served at Toul, France. Among those serving in the 27th Aero Squadron was Lt. Frank Luke, Jr., who was killed in action and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Summary:
This scrapbook was compiled by Nathan Blumberg who served with the 27th Aero Squadron. It contains photographs of members of the squadron, pictures of the graves of some of the pilots killed in action, pictures of planes (including Spad XIII, Donrad AR.2, Nieuport 28, and De Havilland DH-4) used in World War I and of France during the war. It also includes poems, newspaper articles on the squadron and on Lt. Luke and memorabilia of the squadron's reunions in 1966 and 1973. There are also newspaper clippings about Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Airline Ephemera Collection [Pullman], 1928-1956 (bulk [ca. 1930s-1940s])

Creator:
Pullman, Henry W
Subject:
Pullman, Henry W
Physical description:
0.23 cubic feet (1 slim legal document box)
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Place:
United States
Date:
1928
1928-1956
bulk ca 1930s-1940s
Topic:
Dornier Do J Wal (Whale)(Do 16)
Aeronautics
Aeronautics, Commercial
Local number:
1993-0018
Notes:
Henry W. Pullman's job as the export manager for a major oil tool company required him to travel extensively from the late 1920s to the 1950s. Pullman used the following airlines in his travels: Trans World Airlines (TWA); Pan American Airways; Royal Dutch Air Lines (KLM); Royal Netherlands Indies Airways; and American Airlines.
Summary:
This collection consists the following ephemeral items documenting Pullman's travels: photographs and postcards, including three images of Wolfgang von Gronau's Dornier Wal; certificates - one "Jupter Rex," for crossing the equator and one "Clipper Club," for flying around the world; and a red 10x13" scrapbook containing baggage labels, postcards, menus, guest lists, hotel and travel literature, decals, and tickets and napkins which were souvenirs from events and places he visited during his travels. A technical manual for Air-Ground Communication, 2 December 1941, was also donated.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Bowman Family Papers, 1923-1987 (bulk 1923-1950)

Creator:
Bowman, Les (Leslie)
Bowman, Martie (Marguerite)
Bowman, Larnie
Subject:
Bowman, Les (Leslie)
Bowman, Martie (Marguerite)
Bowman, Larnie
Kinner Airplane and Motor Co
National Air Race Association
Ninety-Nines (Organization)
Physical description:
1.09 cubic feet (1 records center box)
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Publications
Maps
Works of art
Scrapbooks
Date:
1923
1923-1987
bulk 1923-1950
Topic:
Flight training
Aeronautics--Exhibitions
Aeronautics
Periodicals
Local number:
1991-0042
Notes:
Leslie (Les) and Marguerite (Martie) Bowman were married in October 1919 and had both learned to fly by 1925. Les, a mechanic, worked as engineer and salesman for the Kinner Engine and Aircraft Company and was involved in both the production and testing of airplanes. Martie was a charter member of both the 99s, a women pilots' association, and the National Air Race Association. She set women's speed records and swept three women's racing events on one day in 1938. Both Les and Martie tried wing walking, as did their daughter, Larnie, at the age of eight. Larnie learned to fly by the time she was twelve. During World War II, the Bowmans ran one of five civilian schools for the training of Navy fighter pilots. Les and Martie retired from aviation after the conclusion of the war.
Summary:
The Bowman Collection contains: log books, licenses and membership cards for Marguerite, Larnie, and Leslie Bowman, folders including maps, newspaper clippings from the 1930s, 1972 and 1985, and miscellaneous photographs, including two of Charles Lindbergh. Three scrapbooks (1923-1931, 1932-1935, 1936-1987) include photographs (some autographed), personal and business correspondence and newspaper clippings.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Apollo Mission Reports [Fleming], 1961-1962

Creator:
Fleming, William A. 1921-
Subject:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Project Apollo (U.S.)
Physical description:
0.45 cubic feet (1 legal document box)
Type:
Publications
Collection descriptions
Reports
Notes
Place:
Moon
Date:
1961
1961-1962
Topic:
Astronautics
Exploration
Local number:
1993-0033
Notes:
In July 1960 NASA prepared to implement "Project Apollo" which would introduce a manned circumlunar mission project to their planning. The project took on a new form, however, when President Kennedy in May 1961 proposed the goal of a manned lunar landing. It was a program of three-man flights, leading to the landing of men on the moon.
Summary:
This collection consists of the following reports relating to the early planning and development of the Apollo Missions: "The Long Range Plan;" "National Launch Vehicle Data Summary;" "Large Launch Vehicle Planning Group;" "A Summary of Various Vehicle Systems for the Manned Lunar Landing Mission;" "A Feasible Approach for An Early Manned Lunar Landing, Parts 1 and 2;" "Manned Lunar-Landing through use of Lunar-Orbit Rendezvous, Vol. 1 and 2;" "Earth Orbital Rendezvous for an early Manned Lunar Landing;" and "A Survey of Various Vehicle Systems for the Manned Lunar Landing Mission." The collection also contains some correspondence between Fleming and White House offices and the Department of Defense. During March 2000, a few additional reports and lecture notes by Fleming were added to this collection.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Black Wings Exhibit and Book Collection, [ca. 1920s-1980s]

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)
Subject:
National Air and Space Museum Exhibitions
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)
Physical description:
3.72 cubic feet (3 records center boxes) (1 legal document box)
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Date:
1920
1920-1990
ca 1920s-1980s
Topic:
Aeronautics
African American air pilots
Local number:
1993-0060
Notes:
In the 1980s, the National Air and Space Museum created an exhibit, with a correlating text called Black Wings: The American Black in Aviation. The exhibit and book were dedicated to the American Black Aviator, who has anonymously played a historic role in shaping the growth of modern aviation. Black Wings encompasses the men and women who had to overcome enormous social pressures in order to gain the right to pursue the dream of flight in both military and civilian circles.
Summary:
This collection is a product of the material gathered for the book and exhibit, and includes additional information gathered for research but not used in either. The collection is divided into the six following series: 1. The book 2. The exhibit 3. The symposium 4. Biographical files 5. Subject file and study materials 6. Miscellaneous photographs. 8x10" black and white photographs are included in most of the series, although captions are not always provided. Other types of material included are correspondence, newspaper articles, copies of speeches and in one case, a death certificate. NASM staff articles are numerous and contain a great deal of organized information.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Salomon A. Andree 1896 Polar Expedition Collection, 1896

Creator:
Andrée, Salomon August 1854-1897
Subject:
Andrée, Salomon August 1854-1897
Physical description:
0.51 cubic feet (2 flatboxes) (1 folder)
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Publications
Scrapbooks
Place:
Arctic regions
Date:
1896
Topic:
Aeronautics
Balloons
Discovery and exploration
Local number:
1994-0007
Notes:
Salomon August Andree (1854-1897) was a pupil at the Technical Institute in Stockholm. During the 1870s and 1880s, Andree became interested in both ballooning and meteorological and physical research in polar regions. In 1893 Andree bought his first balloon and undertook various ascents, and by 1895 had put forth his plans for a balloon flight over the North Pole. The expedition was planned for the summer of 1896, but after reaching Spitsbergen, unfavorable weather conditions caused the flight to be canceled. Thus, the expedition commenced the following summer. Three days after takeoff, the balloon was forced to land, and the men - Andree, Nils Strindberg, and Knut Fraenkel - spent six weeks trying to return to Spitsbergen before perishing. The remains of their last camp were not found until 1930.
Summary:
This collection consists of material relating to the 1896 unsuccessful effort, including: two oversized prints; a photograph album labeled "Spitsbergen, 1896" which includes images of life on board the ship Virgo and the Ornen balloon; and a scrapbook containing mostly Swedish newspaper article accounts of the journey.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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William Aiken, Sr., Papers, 1907-1980 (bulk 1935-1974)

Creator:
Aiken, William Sr. 1907-
Subject:
Aiken, William Sr. 1907-
United States Civil Air Patrol
Physical description:
0.45 cubic feet (1 legal document box)
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Photographs
Logs (records)
Financial records
Place:
California
United States
Date:
1907
1907-1980
bulk 1935-1974
Topic:
African American air pilots
Aeronautics
Aeronautics, Commercial
Periodicals
Local number:
1997-0024
Notes:
William Aiken, Sr. was a pioneer in African-American aviation in California from the 1930s through the 1960s. He was born in Plainsdealing, Louisiana in 1907, left home at the age of 13 and worked his way to California performing odd jobs. In the mid-1920s he started his own car washing business and began taking flying lessons. In 1928 he soloed for the first time and in 1936, Aiken earned his private pilot's license. He joined the California Civil Air Patrol, and was appointed a Second Lieutenant and Commanding Officer of the Los Angeles Squadron #7, California Wing in 1948. Aiken became a flight instructor, instructing not only his own children, but any African-American youth with the desire to learn to fly. He continued to fly until he suffered a stroke in 1969.
Summary:
This collection contains Pilot Log Books, photographs, newspaper clippings, California Civil Air Patrol documents, financial and personal records, an autobiographical manuscript and negatives, all pertaining to William Aiken, his family and friends.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Leslie A. A. Benson Collection, 1917-1919

Creator:
Benson, Leslie A. A.
Subject:
Benson, Leslie A. A.
Law, Ruth
United States Army American Expeditionary Forces
Physical description:
0.23 cubic feet (1 slim legal document box)
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Date:
1917
1917-1919
Topic:
Aeronautics
Aeronautics, Military
World War, 1914-1918
Local number:
1997-0047
Notes:
Lieutenant Leslie A. Benson was a member of the American Expeditionary Forces and was stationed in England and France during 1917-1919.
Summary:
This collection consists mostly of photographs of AEF aircraft and crews on the field, with photos both loose and in a scrapbook. Documents and unit patches are also to be found in these materials. Folder 1: Includes Benson's AEF Identity Card, a clipping and photo of Benson, seemingly taken from a scrapbook and various photographs of World War I aircraft such as the DH-4 and Salmson 2, along with crews. Each image in this folder is accompanied by a 4x5" negative. Folder 2: Approximately 50 loose photographs of various sizes of World War I units and their air crews on the field. Folder 3: Documentary materials (approximately 40 pages) including letters of recommendation, Officer's Record Book, Sugar Permit and discharge certificate. Folder 4: Photo album commemorating AEF members (approximately 50 photos). Endpapers have various uniform insignia affixed, both that of the allied forces and of the Central Powers. Note: Folder 4 includes small 1 3/4x2 3/4" photo of Ruth Law beside wing strut, in uniform, looking serious.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Joel Banow Collection, [ca. 1960s-1970s]

Creator:
Banow, Joel
Subject:
Banow, Joel
CBS
Project Apollo (U.S.) Apollo 11
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Project Apollo (U.S.)
Physical description:
1.92 cubic feet (1 records center box) (1 flatbox)
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Press releases
Motion pictures (visual works)
Scripts (documents)
Drawings
Manuals
Date:
1960
1960-1980
ca 1960s-1970s
Topic:
Television broadcasting--Special effects
Local number:
2000-0027
Notes:
Joel Banow is a retired television director. During his sixteen years with CBS News, he worked on all the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab space shots. As the director, he was responsible for creating a great many of the special effects and simulations needed to tell the story. In 1969, Banow received a Directors Guild of America (DGA) award for his coverage of Apollo 11.
Summary:
This collection consists of the following materials collected by Joel Banow during his tenure with CBS News covering the United States manned space program: press releases; press kits, correspondence, memorandums, show rundowns, technical specifications, director notes, scripts, storyboards, photographs, drawings, guide books and manuals, transparencies, posters, a videotape, and 16 mm films. There are also three animation cells relating to the coverage of Apollo 11. The material was generated by NASA, CBS and the following NASA contractors -- Grumman, North American Rockwell, and RCA.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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354th Aero Squadron Collection (Innes), 1917-1919

Creator:
Innes, William Wallace
Subject:
Innes, William Wallace
Kelly Field, Texas
United States Army Air Service VI Corps Observation Group 354th Aero Squadron
Physical description:
0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Publications
Date:
1917
1917-1919
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military
Aeronautics
Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter Family
Dorand A.R. (Avion de Reconnaissance) Series
Salmson Aircraft Family
Nieuport Aircraft Family
World War, 1914-1918
de Havilland (Airco) D.H.4
LFG Roland D.VI
Handley Page O/400
Local number:
2000-0025
Notes:
The 354th Aero Squadron (Observation) was organized at Kelly Field, Texas, on January 28, 1918. The squadron was shipped to France on August 16th, and was eventually stationed at Autreville and Saizerais Airdromes, providing reconnaissance services. William Wallace Innes was a pilot for the 354th Aero Squadron (Observation) during World War I.
Summary:
This collection consists of twenty-two prints of the 354th Aero Squadron, and copies of Innes' pilot log and documentation concerning his service. The collection also contains a copy of the booklet "History of the 354th Aero Squadron (Observation) A.E.F." The prints include the following aircraft: de Havilland DH-4; L.F.G. Roland D.VIA; Handley-Page O-400; Sopwith 1A2; Dorand A.R; Nieuport Scout; and Salmson.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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95th Aero Squadron Photographs, 1917-1918

Creator:
Garrison, Herbert
Subject:
Garrison, Herbert
United States Army Air Service 1st Pursuit Group 95th Aero Squadron
Physical description:
0.01 cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Date:
1917
1917-1918
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918
Aeronautics
Aeronautics, Military
Voisin Aircraft Family
SPAD XIII (S.13)
Nieuport (France) 11 Monoplane
Nieuport (France) 17
Nieuport (France) 28
Morane-Saulnier Model LA (Mo.S.4)
RAF F.E.3 (A.E.1)
Fokker D.VI
Local number:
1998-0029
Notes:
The 95th Aero Squadron was organized on August 20th, 1917 and demobilized on March 18th, 1919. The 95th was part of the 1st Pursuit Organization and was stationed in France during World War I.
Summary:
This donation consists of 23 images copied from a scrapbook which was loaned to the Archives Division by Walter Garrison. Mr. Garrison's father, Herbert Garrison, was a mechanic for the 95th Aero Squadron during World War I. These images, taken by Herbert Garrison, include shots of both aircraft and aviation personnel. The following aircraft are represented: Voisin VIII; Spad XIII; Nieuport 11, 17 and 28; Morane-Saulnier LA; Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.3B; and Fokker D.VI. In addition, there are two copy transparencies of a Red Cross postcard, stating that Garrison had arrived safely back in New York from the war.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Ross Chapple NASM Photography, 1996-1997

Creator:
Chapple, Ross
Subject:
Chapple, Ross
Rogers, Buck (Fictitious character)
National Air and Space Museum Exhibitions
National Air and Space Museum Space Hall
Physical description:
0.10 cubic feet (2 folders)
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Date:
1996
1996-1997
Topic:
Convair XFY-1 (Pogo)
Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
Grumman G-21 Goose Family
Martin B-26B Marauder (Model 179B) "Flak Bait"
Sikorsky (USA) JRS-1
Supermarine Spitfire Family
Apollo Lunar Module
Pan American World Airways, Inc--Memorabilia
Boeing 314 Clipper Family
Local number:
1997-0046
Summary:
This collection consists primarily of camera duplicates of 4x5" color transparencies of images taken by contract photographer Ross Chapple for possible inclusion in 1997 book, Air and Space. All images are of aircraft or artifacts in NASM collections. Folder one includes images of: Convair XFY-1 Pogo (4 dupes), Douglas A-4C Skyhawk (5 dupes), Grumman G-21 Goose cockpit (8 dupes), Martin B-26B Flak Bait nose interior (8 dupes), different view of same with negative number noted as 97-15364 and photographer listed as Avino/Long (1 transparency) and Sikorsky JRS-1 (S-43) (5 dupes). Folder two includes images of: Supermarine Spitfire (10 dupes), view of NASM Air Transport Gallery (7 dupes), view of NASM Space Hall (5 dupes), view of Lunar Lander (3 dupes), close-up of Pan Am memorabilia with Boeing 314 model (6 dupes) and close-up of Buck Rogers artifacts including books and toys (5 dupes).
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Air Mail Collection [Culver], 1918

Creator:
Culver, H. Paul 1893-1964
Subject:
Culver, H. Paul 1893-1964
Early Birds of Aviation (Organization)
Physical description:
0.23 cubic feet (1 slim legal document box)
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Lists
Date:
1918
Topic:
Air mail service
Aeronautics
Local number:
1999-0028
Notes:
H. Paul Culver (1893-1964) was taught to fly by Glenn Curtiss and was an Army test pilot and combat flying instructor during World War I. In May of 1918, 1st Lieutenant Culver was one of four United States Army pilots who flew the Nation's first regular two way air mail run between New York City and Washington, DC. Culver flew from Philadelphia to New York, the second leg of the historic run. Culver was also in charge of the Bustleton Pennsylvania Air Mail Station during the three month period that the Army flew the air mail. At the end of that period, the post office took over all air mail operations. After Culver's stint as an air mail pilot, he resigned from the Army and became a sales engineer for the Ex-Cell-O Corporation. He was a member of the Early Birds.
Summary:
This collection consists of material documenting the Army's air mail service and includes correspondence, air mail schedules, equipment lists and receipts, operation orders and memorandums, officer lists and personal notifications and orders.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Carl J. Christenson Papers, [ca. 1920s-1980s] (bulk 1928-1968)

Creator:
Christenson, Carl J. 1907-1986
Subject:
Christenson, Carl J. 1907-1986
Wright Air Service
Humboldt Air Service (Eureka, Cal.)
Civil Aeronautics Administration
Federal Aviation Administration
Quiet Birdmen, The
Physical description:
1.80 cubic feet (4 legal document boxes)
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Publications
Place:
United States
Date:
1920
1920-1989
ca 1920s-1980s
bulk 1928-1968
Topic:
Aeronautics
Aeronautics, Commercial
Aeronautics--Exhibitions
Local number:
1995-0057
Notes:
Other materials: a photograph of the Seversky aircraft was added to the Seversky aircraft technical file.
Carl J. Christenson (1907-1986) learned to fly at Oakland, CA with the Wright Air Service and received his license in 1928. Christenson worked for the Wright Air Service as a line boy and mechanic's helper although he also hopped passengers to build flight time. He was issued transport and mechanic licenses in 1929 and went to work for Humboldt Flying Service in Eureka, CA. During the 1930s he became engaged in fixed base and barnstorming operations in northern California and central Washington with a variety of small flying services. In 1939 Christenson was hired as an inspector by the CAA/FAA, and he served in Maryland, Virginia, Iowa, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, and California before retiring in 1969. Christenson was a member of the Quiet Birdmen.
Summary:
This collection covers Christenson's flying and government career and includes the following types of material: photographs, newspaper clippings, government forms and memorandums, correspondence, publications, and log books.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Donald G. Cathcart Ballooning Collection, 1932-1965 (bulk 1932-1951)

Creator:
Cathcart, Donald Guthrie 1889-
Subject:
Cathcart, Donald Guthrie 1889-
National Association of American Balloon Corps Veterans
Wingfoot Lighter-Than-Air Society
United States Army Air Service Army Balloon School
United States Army Air Service Army Balloon School
Physical description:
0.45 cubic feet (1 legal document box)
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Place:
Ross Field, Cal
Fort Omaha, Neb
Date:
1932
1932-1965
bulk 1932-1951
Topic:
Aeronautics
Balloons
Aeronautics, Military
World War, 1914-1918
Periodicals
Local number:
XXXX-0344
Notes:
Donald Guthrie Cathcart [1889-19?] reported to the United States Army Balloon School in 1917. He was a free balloon pilot, an aerial observer, and flight instructor before his honorable discharge in 1920. Cathcart served at both Ross Field, Arcadia, CA and Fort Omaha, NE. He was also a member of National Association of American Balloon Corps Veterans (NAABCV) and the Wingfoot Lighter than Air Society.
Summary:
This collection consists of the following: photographs of Donald Cathcart during training at the Army Balloon schools at Arcadia, CA (Ross Field) and at Ft. Omaha, NE; miscellaneous material on the NAABCV including copies of Haul Down & Ease Off, the official publication of the NAABCV and membership lists; and several copies of the Wingfoot Lighter than Air Society Bulletin.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Octave Chanute Collection [Avery], 1886-1926

Creator:
Chanute, Octave 1832-1910
Subject:
Chanute, Octave 1832-1910
Avery, William
Physical description:
0.45 cubic feet (1 legal document box)
Type:
Lantern slides
Collection descriptions
Glass negatives
Correspondence
Photographs
Publications
Date:
1886
1886-1926
Topic:
Gliding and soaring
Aeronautics
Periodicals
Local number:
XXXX-0489
Notes:
Octave Chanute, born in Paris in 1832, was one of America's leading civil engineers, specializing in railroads and railroad bridges with the first bridge across the Missouri River to his credit. After developing a reputation as a scientist, writer and speaker, Chanute's interests turned to the possibility of flight. Beginning in 1891 he wrote a series of articles on his research and published them in book form, making him the first aviation historian. In 1896 he designed and constructed four gliders aided by William Avery and Augustus Herring, testing them on the Indiana shores of Lake Michigan. The Chanute team made more than 1,000 manned flights without accident, and with a few modifications his 2-surfaced glider was to become the prototype of all modern biplanes. As he grew older, Chanute turned to writing, speaking and corresponding with inventors to encourage them to continue where he had left off. He died at the age of 78 in 1910, one of the foremost pioneers in aviation.
Summary:
The collection consists of newspaper clippings dating from 1886-1926; correspondence from Sept. 1904-September 1922; glass negatives and lantern slides; publications dating from 1886-1910; and a variety of photographs. Images represented include the Chanute biplane hang glider used in St. Louis in 1904, miscellaneous gliders, Chanute's gliding experiments at the Indiana dunes in 1896, and miscellaneous photos of Chanute and his colleagues.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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John Bodine Autograph Collection

Creator:
Bodine, John
Subject:
Shepard, Alan B. Jr
Crossfield, A. Scott (Albert Scott) 1921-
Cochran, Jacqueline
Corrigan, Douglas 1907-
Hunsaker, Jerome Clarke 1886-1984
Lahm, Frank Purdy 1877-1963
Milling, Thomas DeWitt 1887-1960
Glenn, John 1921-
Grissom, Virgil I
Physical description:
0.45 cubic feet (1 legal document box)
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Local number:
XXXX-0483
Summary:
Collection of autographed correspondence and photographs, collected by John Bodine. Those represented include G. T. Baker, O. A. Beech, Jacqueline Cochran, Max Conrad, Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, Scott Crossfield, William G. Draper, Ira C. Eaker, B. D. Foulois, Horace E. Frink, Francis C. Gabreski, Leroy R. Grumman, Horace A. Hanes, L. S. Hobbs, H. M. Horner, Jerome C. Hunsaker, James Jabara, Ernest J. King, Frank P. Lahm, Thomas DeWitt Milling, J. H. Moore, W. A. Patterson, Mundy I. Peale, W. T. Piper, Thomas S. Powl, DeWitt C. Ramsey, George F. Smith, Carl Spaatz, and William W. Thomas. Autographed photos feature G. T. Baker, O. A. Beech, Larry Bell, Bill Bridgeman, M. Scott Carpenter, Jacqueline Cochran, Leroy S. Cooper, Jr., Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, Scott Crossfield, William G. Draper, A. H. Doolittle, Herb Fisher, F. C. Gabreski, John H. Glenn, Jr., Virgil I. Grissom, H. A. Hanes, Joe B. Jordan, J. H. Moore, Thomas Powl, W. T. Piper, Pete Quesada, "Fishy" Salmon, Walter Schint, Alan B. Shepard, John P. Slapp, Donald K. Slayton, George F. Smith, Jim Suindal, David Symons, Robert M. White, R. W. Windsor, Jr., E. Woolman, and others.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Aerial Navigation Company of America Collection, 1911-1912

Creator:
Moody, William
Subject:
Moody, William
Call, Henry Laurens
Aerial Navigation Co
Physical description:
0.01 cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Publications
Date:
1911
1911-1912
Topic:
Aerial Navigation Co Call Monoplane
Aeronautics
Socialists
Airplanes--Motors
Local number:
1995-0046
Notes:
The Aerial Navigation Company of America (1908-1912) was founded by Henry Laurens Call, socialist lawyer and economist. Located in Girard, Kansas, the Aerial Navigation Company designed the the Call airship -- the first Kansas-designed and built aircraft to make an attempt to take off. The airship was not successful, but the company established a factory, a flying school, and built an additional 13 aircraft before going bankrupt in 1912. Only one of the aircraft, the Call Monoplane, actually flew. The Company's biggest success was with the Call Aviation Engine which they manufactured and marketed.
Summary:
This collection consists of photographs and documents relating to the Aerial Navigation Company of America, including: Call engine photographs and literature; Call aircraft, including the 1912 Call Monoplane; by-laws and stock certificates for the Company; a photograph of the machine shop; and newspaper clippings regarding William Moody, who was a mechanic for the company, circa 1910-1912. There is also material regarding the lighting system installed by Moody at the Omaha Airport, 1936.
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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