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Alexander de Seversky Russian Photograph Album 1912-1915

Physical description:
.15 cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Photograph albums
Collection descriptions
Place:
Russia
Date:
1912
1912-1915
Topic:
Aeronautics
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations
Sikorsky (Igor) S-10, Hydro
Sikorsky (Igor) S-5A
Sikorsky (Igor) S-22 Il-ya Muroments
Farman (Maurice) M.F.11
Local number:
2005-0016
Notes:
Alexander de Seversky (1894-1974) was born in Russian Georgia and graduated from the Imperial Russian Naval Academy. He took a postgraduate course at the Military School of Aeronautics where he learned to fly a Farman 4. Upon the outbreak of World War I, he began service with the Baltic Fleet as a naval combat pilot. Seversky shot down 13 German aircraft during the war and lost his right leg during a bombing mission in 1915. After the Russian revolution he became an American citizen and worked as a test pilot and inspector for the US government. In the 1930s he organized the Seversky Aircraft Corporation. Seversky set numerous speed records during the 1930s and is credited with playing a major role in important aviation technological breakthroughs.
Summary:
This 12 1/2 by 9 1/2 inch black-paged photograph album, with captions in Russian, comes from the estate of Alexander de Seversky. It contains aerial photographs; images of the Russian officers and sailors; hangars and shipyards; and various floatplanes, some equipped with pontoons for use on ice. Aircraft seen in the photographs include the Sikorsky S-10, Hydro; Sikorsky S-5A; Sikorsky Il'ya Muromets on floats; Grigorovich pusher seaplane; Franco-British Aviation Co. Ltd. FBA Model C; and Maurice Farman M.F. 11.
Cite as:
Alexander de Seversky Russian Photograph Album, 2005-0016, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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International Aviation Meet, Belmont Park Photographs 1910

Creator:
Jensen, Otto
Subject:
Moisant, John 1868-1910
Latham, Hubert
Hamilton, Charles K. -1913
Physical description:
.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1910
Topic:
Aeronautics
Aeronautics--Competitions
Airplane racing
Local number:
2004-0073
Notes:
The second International Aviation Meet took place at Belmont Park, Long Island, New York from October 22-30, 1910. Numerous prizes were awarded throughout this tournament in relation to speed, altitude, duration, and distance. Specific competitions include the Michelin Cup, the Scientific American Trophy, and the Statue of Liberty Flight. The Gordon Bennett Cup Race, a 100 km competition for the Gordon Bennett International Aviation Trophy, took place on October 29, 1910. Despite the dangerous route of this course, many entered to compete for the high honors bestowed upon the winner.
Summary:
This collection consists of seven 2.5 x 4 black and white photographs taken on October 29, 1910 at the International Aviation Meet at Belmont Park. Pictured in flight are John B. Moisant, Hubert Latham, and Charles K. Hamilton. These photographs were taken during the Gordon Bennett Cup Race, of which Moisant came in second, Latham fourth, and Hamilton eighth. All photographs were taken by Otto Jensen.
Cite as:
International Aviation Meet, Belmont Park Photographs, Accession number 2004-0073, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Babylon 5 Collection 1995-1999

Creator:
Straczynski, Joe
Physical description:
.47 cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Publications
Collection descriptions
Calendars
Newsletters
Date:
1995
1995-1999
Topic:
Television programs
Science fiction
Space flight
Interplanetary voyages
Babylon 5
Local number:
2005-0075
Notes:
The epic sci-fi series Babylon 5 was a unique experiment in the history of television. It was effectively a novel for television in five seasons, consisting of 110 episodes with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Babylon 5 had a strong fan base, with nearly 500 websites dedicated to the series.
Summary:
This collection consists of the following items relating to Babylon 5: Babylon 5 calendars for 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000; Cult Times, December 1997; The Official Monthly Magazine for Babylon 5, August 1997, September 1997; TV Zone, Issue 97; The A - Z guide to Babylon 5; The Official Babylon 5 Collector's Magazine, 1995; Sci-Fi Flix September 1996; Universe Today, Fall 1998 and Winter 1999; Cinescape, February 1966; Sci - fi Invasion!: The Science Fiction Magazine, Spring 1998 (still in wrapper); TV Guide, July 5 -11, 1997; The Official Babylon 5 Fan Club Universe Today Newsletter, 1996-1999; printouts from a Babylon 5 discussion list with creator Joe Straczynski; and a package of The Official Babylon 5 Fan Club material, including a poster, a photograph, and a membership card.
Cite as:
Babylon 5 Collection, Accession number 2005-0075, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Major John Stanley Henderson Collection 1941-1952

Creator:
Henderson, John Stanley
Subject:
United States Marine Corps
Physical description:
.95 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Photographic prints
Collection descriptions
Newspaper clippings
Telegrams
Technical manuals
Awards
Correspondence
Publications
Place:
United States
Date:
1941
1941-1952
20th century
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations
Medals
Local number:
2005-0015
Notes:
Major John Stanley Henderson (?-1952) joined the US Marine Corps in 1941 and served two tours in the World War II Pacific Theater, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and four Air Medals. He served as a dive bomber pilot at Guadalcanal and a transport pilot on Guam. He was on active duty with the Marine Reserves as Executive Officer of the Marine Air Detachment at NAS Olathe, Kansas, at the time of his death at 33, killed while preparing for his departure to Korea.
Summary:
Included in this collection are photographs of John Stanley Henderson, fellow servicemen, and airfields; diary and notebooks; flight logs; award citations and military orders; newspaper clippings; a map of the Solomon Islands; phrase books in French and Japanese as well as the CBI Pointie Talkie; pocket guides to Egypt and Australia; The Marines Handbook, seventh edition; telegram relating the death of Major Henderson; Certificate of Death in Service; condolence letters; and Power of Attorney and Last Will and Testament.
Cite as:
Major John Stanley Henderson Collection, Accession number 2005-0015, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Captain Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk Boeing B-29 Enola Gay Route Map, Tinian to Hawaii via Kwajalein 1945

Subject:
Van Kirk, Theodore J. "Dutch"
Physical description:
.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Maps
Collection descriptions
Technical manuals
Date:
1945
20th century
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945
Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Silverplate "Enola Gay," NASM
Atomic bomb
Aeronautics, Military
Local number:
2005-0018
Notes:
Captain Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk served as navigator on the atomic mission of the Boeing B-29 Enola Gay over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
Summary:
This collection includes a large map, 55 by 29 1/2 inches, detailing the route taken by the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay after its return from Hiroshima, from Tinian to Hawaii via Kwajalein. Entitled "US Army Air Forces Special Air Navigation Chart, (S-144) Oahu-Saipan," with a printing date of 1944, the map bears penciled navigational notations by Captain Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk. Also included is a 1945 edition of The American Air Almanac; a Second Air Force B-29 Standard Procedures for Navigators manual, dated April 10, 1945; and a Wonder Bread promotional Aircraft Spotter Dial volvelle (wheel chart).
Cite as:
Captain Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk Boeing B-29 Enola Gay Route Map, Tinian to Hawaii via Kwajalein , Accession number 2005-0018, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Ray W. Brown Collection 1917 -1946

Creator:
Brown, Ray 1896-1946
Subject:
United States Navy
Physical description:
.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1917
1917-1946
1917 -1946
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military
Local number:
2005-0065
Notes:
This collection consists of the following records relating to Ray W. Brown: a copy of birth certificate; a copy of death certificate; a copy of US Naval Reserve information sheet; and copies of requested military and personnel records.
Summary:
Ray W. Brown (1896-1946) was the Manager of the Aviation Department for General Tire and Rubber Company in Akron Ohio, and received a NAA award for being the first pilot to guide an airplane entirely by radio directional compass. Besides his military flying, Brown learned to fly at Gerstner Field, Louisiana, in 1917, when he joined the US Army Air Corps. He was a member of the Air Corps Reserve from 1920-1927, and he served with the US Naval Reserve from 1938 until his death in 1946. Brown worked for several aircraft companies, including Travel Air Manufacturing Company and Detroit Aircraft Company, before joining the aviation branches of first the Shell Petroleum Corporation and then the General Tire and Rubber Company. Brown was an accomplished transport pilot, with over 10,000 hours, and he was an active figure and official at national aviation meets. He died on August 1, 1946, when the Consolidated PB4Y-2 he was piloting crashed.
Cite as:
Ray W. Brown Collection, Accession number 2005-0065, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Charles F. Walsh Scrapbooks 1903-1945

Creator:
Walsh, Charles 1877-1912
Subject:
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond 1878-1930
Beachey, Lincoln
Ely, Eugene
Havens, Beckwith
Aero Club of America
Physical description:
.83 cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Scrapbooks
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Tickets
Blueprints
Date:
1903
1903-1945
Topic:
Aeronautics
Aeronautics--Exhibitions
Walsh 1911 Silver Dart
Local number:
XXXX-0046
Notes:
Charles F. Walsh (1877-1912) is credited with being the first man in California to build a practical flyable airplane, the Walsh 1911 Silver Dart, and received Pilot's License No. 1 issued by the Aero Club of California. Walsh was taught to fly by Lincoln Beachey in 1909, and he quickly gained fame as an aviator, travelling throughout the US and Cuba from 1910 through 1912. Walsh flew as an exhibition pilot for the Curtiss Company and was killed October 3, 1912 when his plane experienced structural failure at Trenton, New Jersey.
Summary:
This collection chronicles the exploits of Charles F. Walsh during the years 1909-1912, including the following: numerous photos of the Walsh 1911 Silver Dart, Curtiss biplanes and aircraft engines; photos of personalities such as Lincoln Beachey, Glenn Curtiss, Thomas Sopwith, Eugene Ely, John McCurdy, and Beckwith Havens; an original drawing of the Silver Dart dated 1908; miscellaneous memorabilia including a business card, tickets to air shows, benefits, and state fairs during 1911-1912; ribbons; airplane fabric; Walsh's Aero Club of California and Aero Club of America licenses; and a ticket to the Panama-California Exposition of 1915.
Cite as:
Charles F. Walsh Scrapbooks, Accession number XXXX-0046, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Edward V. "Eddie" Rickenbacker South Pacific Negatives 1942

Subject:
Rickenbacker, Eddie 1890-1973
Shelton, Charles E
Physical description:
.05 cubic feet (1 folder
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Pacific Ocean
Date:
1942
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns
Local number:
XXXX-0755
Notes:
Edward Vernon Rickenbacker (1890-1973) had only a sixth grade education but became a leading aviation figure in both military and civilian circles. Rickenbacker was a fighter ace during World War I, where as a member of the 94th Aero Squadron he shot down 22 German aircraft and 4 observation balloons. He became a colonel in the Army Air Reserves and during World War II helped form the Military Air Transport Services. In October of 1942, during an inspection tour of the Pacific theater, Rickenbacker's Boeing B-17D Flying Fortress went off course and was ditched over water. The surviving seven members of the crew were rescued 24 days later, suffering from exposure, starvation, and dehydration. In the civilian sector, Rickenbacker worked at several airlines, including Fokker Aircraft Corporation and American Airways, before going to work at Eastern Airlines in 1934. In 1939 Rickenbacker became Eastern's president and chairman, positions he held until 1963.
Summary:
This collection consists of eight 120 mm negatives that feature Edward V. "Eddie" Rickenbacker on the final leg of his South Pacific inspection tour of 1942, resumed only days after his rescue at sea after a previous transport plane, a Boeing B-17D Flying Fortress, s/n 40-3089, went down in the Pacific. Also pictured are Major Charles E. Shelton and Major "Chick" Luna.
Cite as:
Edward V. "Eddie" Rickenbacker South Pacific Negatives, Accession number XXXX-0755, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Ernst Loebell Collection Enter dates

Creator:
Loebell, Ernst 1902-1979
Physical description:
.2 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Scrapbooks
Collection descriptions
Photographic prints
Lectures
Articles
Date:
1933
1933-1966
Enter dates
Topic:
Rocketry
Astronautics
Space flight
Cleveland Rocket Society
Local number:
XXXX-0754
Notes:
German-born Ernest (Ernst) Loebell (1902-1979), engineer and rocket designer, was a graduate of Breslau and Oldenburg universities. In Berlin and later New York, Loebell was employed as a mechanical engineer for Otis Elevator Company. He moved to Cleveland in 1930 and worked for White Motor Company and Lear, Inc. In Ohio, he helped organize the Cleveland Rocket Society, which between 1933 and 1938 sought to develop a liquid fueled engine that could power a stratospheric rocket across the Atlantic. Six rocket motors were built and were tested on an estate outside of Cleveland. One of the Society's rocket models was displayed at the Paris International Exposition of 1937. The Cleveland Rocket Society folded in 1938 due to lack of funds.
Summary:
This collection consists of a nine by eleven inch scrapbook containing newspaper accounts of the activities and experiments of the Cleveland Rocket Society and of speaking engagements of Ernst Loebell, several black and white photographs of Loebell and his rockets, a binder entitled "Personal History of Ernest Loebell," a binder of Ernest Loebell's lectures and documents and correspondence relating to his career and to the Cleveland Rocket Society.
Cite as:
Ernst Loebell Collection, Accession number XXXX-0754, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Lewis Reisner Home Movies 1929-1939

Creator:
Reisner, Lewis
Subject:
National Air Races
Physical description:
.5 cubic feet 5 film cans)
Type:
Home movies
Collection descriptions
Date:
1929
1929-1939
Topic:
Air travel
Fairchild 22
Fairchild 91 Baby Clipper
Fairchild 24
Local number:
2006-0030
Notes:
Amron Kreider and Lewis Reisner co-founded Reisner Aero Service Inc., in 1925, as a fixed base operation (FBO) that operated a flying service and repaired and rebuilt airplanes. Their desire to construct a better airplane resulted in the formation of the Kreider-Reisner Aircraft Company, in 1926, and the development of the Challenger series of three-place, open-cockpit biplanes starting with the C-1 and culminating with the C-4C. In April 1929, the Kreider-Reisner Company became a subsidiary of the Fairchild Airplane Company which then re-designated the C-4C Challenger as the Fairchild KR-34C.
Summary:
This collection consists of five 16 mm films taken by Lewis Reisner, 1929 - 1939. The films are essentially home movies, and include shots of travels in Paris, France, sailing, and family scenes including wedding and baby shots. There is also footage of aircraft shot at the National Air Races and while Reisner was on travel, as well as various Fairchild aircraft including: the Fairchild 22; Fairchild 24, and Fairchild 91 Baby Clipper.
Cite as:
Lewis Reisner Home Movies, Accession number 2006-0030, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Manned Space Laboratory Proposal Papers 1962-1967

Creator:
Hanson, Carl M
Physical description:
.72 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Sketches
Collection descriptions
Slides (photographs)
Transparencies
Photographs
Reports
Date:
1962
1962-1967
Topic:
Space flight
Skylab Orbital Workshop
Astronautics
Saturn 5 Launch Vehicle
Local number:
2006-0057
Notes:
In 1962 and 1963, Carl Mellren Hanson, an employee of Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc. traveled the country promoting his idea to transform the Saturn V stage into a manned space laboratory. This idea eventually caught the attention of Wernher von Braun of NASA. Although von Braun was intrigued by Hanson's proposal, he considered the idea too risky. Soon after, work began on Skylab. Hanson's proposed idea helped to lay the groundwork for the Skylab program.
Summary:
This collection consists of slides, transparencies, photographs, sketches, and documents donated by Carl Hanson documenting his proposal to transform the Saturn V stage into a manned space laboratory. Included here are patent applications and correspondence for the Space Vehicle Centrifuge; NASA Technical Note D-1504, "A Report on the Research and Technological Problems of Manned Rotating Spacecraft" August 1962; two copies of the ASME publication, "Utilization of Expended Booster Stages for Manned Space Laboratories;" March 7, 1963 press release; four reports from the Missile and Space Systems Division of the Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc.; four sketches; 28 photographs; and 63 slides used for his presentation.
Cite as:
Manned Space Laboratory Proposal Papers, Accession number 2006-0057, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Northrop RB-49A and FB-49A Drawings 1948

Creator:
Northrop Corp
Physical description:
.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Drawings
Collection descriptions
Date:
1948
Topic:
Northrop RB-49A
Northrop FB-49A
Aeronautics, Military
Photographic reconnaissance systems
Local number:
1995-0069
Notes:
In March 1948, a proposal was made to the United States Air Force by Northrop Aircraft, Inc. for a photographic reconnaissance version of the "flying wing." This proposed aircraft was referred to as the RB-49A and the FB-49A, and officially known as the Northrop YRB-49A. This proposal grew out of the failed XB-35 program, and the USAF desperately hoped for the success of this aircraft. However, shortly after an agreement was made in August 1948, the project was abandoned. Disagreements and indecision led to a rocky beginning and only preliminary plans for this aircraft were completed. Once the RB-49A project was abandoned, Northrop focused their efforts on the YRB-49A as a conversion of the YB-35A.
Summary:
This collection consists of ten 22.5 by 11 inch drawings from Northrop Aircraft, Inc. Included here are eight drawings of the RB-49A and two drawings of the FB-49A.
Cite as:
Northrop RB-49A and FB-49A Drawings, Accession number 1995-0069, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Wright Newspapers 1889, 1894

Creator:
Wright and Wright Printers
Subject:
Wright, Orville 1871-1948
Wright, Wilbur 1867-1912
Physical description:
.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Newspapers
Collection descriptions
Place:
Dayton (Ohio)
Date:
1889
1889-1894
1889 1894
Topic:
Publishers and publishing
Local number:
2006-0059
Notes:
Before their historic part in the development of aircraft and before the establishment of their bicycle company, the Wright brothers were involved in the printing business. Beginning as a hobby, Orville Wright's interest in printing soon caught his brother Wilbur's attention, and in 1888 they established a printing company in Dayton, Ohio. The Wright brothers' printing firm produced local periodicals such as: The Midget, West Side News, The Dayton Tattler, church pamphlets, and bicycle parts catalogs. The Wright brothers sold their printing business in 1899.
Summary:
This collection consists of two newspapers put out by the printing firm of Orville and Wilbur Wright. Included here is one copy of volume 1, number 18, July 13, 1889 of West Side News, a weekly newspaper of which Wilbur was the editor and Orville the publisher. Also included is one copy of volume 1, number 5, November 17, 1894 of Snap-Shots at Current Events, another weekly newspaper. Both periodicals were put out by Wright and Wright printers, located in Dayton, Ohio. Also included is a June 22, 1954 letter from the Dayton Public Library concerning these two publications.
Cite as:
Wright Newspapers, Accession number 2006-0059, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Assen Jordanoff Papers 1897 - 1967

Creator:
Jordanoff, Assen 1896-1967
Subject:
Lowe, Willard, & Fowler Engineering Co
Physical description:
.54 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Photographic prints
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Date:
1897
1897-1967
1897 - 1967
Topic:
Aeronautics
Flight training
Bulgarians
Periodicals
Local number:
2006-0037
Notes:
This collection consists of .5 cubic ft of archival material relating to Assen Jordanoff's aviation career, including: correspondence, articles written by Jordanoff, articles about Jordanoff, photographs, and biographical information. The material is in both English and Bulgarian.
Summary:
Assen Jordanoff (1896-1967) was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and first flew during the summer of 1912. He was with the 1st Air Squadron during the Balkan War 1912-1913 and he was an officer with the Bulgarian Air Force, during World War I. Jordanoff emigrated to the United States in 1921, where he held a variety of aviation-related jobs, including draftsman, engineer, and flight instructor for various aviation companies. The companies he worked for include: LWF (Lowe, Willard & Fowler Engineering Co.), Curtiss Aeroplane Company , and the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. Jordanoff was also a renowned aviation writer, and his books include Flying and How to Do It and Jordanoff's Illustrated Aviation Dictionary.
Cite as:
Assen Jordanoff Papers, Accession number 2006-0037, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Colonel Carlos Garduno Papers 1930-1991

Creator:
Garduno, Carlos
Subject:
El Escuadron 201
Physical description:
.4 cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Newspaper clippings
Collection descriptions
Photographic prints
Place:
Mexico
Date:
1930
1930-1991
Topic:
Military
Aeronautics, Military
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations
Lockheed P-47
Periodicals
Local number:
2006-0036
Notes:
Colonel Carlos Garduno was a member of El Escuadron 201, also known as the Aztec Eagle Squadron. In 1943, Mexico became an active participant in World War II. Escuadron 201, formed in response to German submarine attacks against Mexican oil tankers, was comprised of more than 300 volunteers. The 201 was integrated with the US Army Air Forces; after completing its training in Texas, the squadron became a Lockheed P-47 fighter squadron attached to the 58th Fighter Group during the liberation of the main Philippine Island of Luzon in 1945. The squadron also participated in the Allied effort to bomb Formosa to force the Japanese out of that island. For their service they received the Medal of Valor of Combat.
Summary:
Ehis collection consists of the following items chronicling the aviation career of Colonel Carlos Garduno: En Guardia, volume 1, no. 9; ASI, August 11, 1945; newspaper articles, 1945-1991; material relating to the El Escuadron 201 reunion; Form One, February 1942 issue, April 1942 issue, and Anniversary Issue, May 1942; El Pilot, Sep.-Oct. 1930; 81 copy prints of photo album pages; a few paper prints; and a brochure for Mexico Homenaje de las Fuerzas de la Defensa Nacional de Chile (a Mexican tribute to the Chilean armed forces), 1940.
Cite as:
, Accession number 2006-0036, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Bensen B-8 Gyro-Glider Collection 1978

Creator:
Bensen, Igor
Subject:
Bensen Aircraft Corporation
Physical description:
Enter vol amt cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Plans (drawings)
Collection descriptions
Manuals
Brochures
Date:
1978
1978-1978
Topic:
Autogiros
Airplanes, Home-built
Aeronautics
Bensen B-8 Gyro-Glider
Gliders (Aeronautics)
Local number:
2006-0029
Notes:
In 1953, Dr. Igor Bensen, an immigrant from the USSR where he had been chief research engineer of the Kaman Aircraft Corporation, established the Bensen Aircraft Corporation in Raleigh, North Carolina. He initially planned to produce commercial helicopters, but switched to the private market when he realized that the relative safety of rotary craft would be attractive to private pilots. His first aircraft was the Bensen B-8 Gyro-Glider, which was unpowered and could be flown without a pilot's license in the United States. It could be built at home from a kit that an aspiring pilot would purchase from the company or could be purchased already assembled.
Summary:
This collection consists of the Bensen B-8 Gyro-Glider documentation: Building and Operating Manual; plan drawings; Rotorcraft Dictionary; Bensen-related brochures; list of tools needed to build a gyrocopter; Building and Operating Material Specifications for Bensen Models B-8 and B-8M; Catalog No. 81 and order form; Installment Purchase Plan documents and price list; and a "I'd Rather be flying a Bensen Gyrocopter" bumper sticker.
Cite as:
Bensen B-8 Gyro-Glider Collection, Accession number 2006-0029, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Before Amelia: Women Pilots in the Early Days of Aviation Collection 1910s-1930s

Creator:
Lebow, Eileen F
Subject:
Stinson, Katherine
Stinson, Marjorie
Quimby, Harriet 1875-1912
Bryant, Alys McKey
Scott, Blanche Stuart 1889-1970
Law, Ruth
Moisant, Matilde 1887-1964
Miller, Bernetta Adams
Raiche, Bessica
Clark, Julia
De Laroche, Raymonde
Dutrieu, Helene
Physical description:
2.18 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Newspaper clippings
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1910
1910-1939
1910s-1930s
Topic:
Women air pilots
Local number:
2007-0001
Notes:
Author Eileen F. Lebow wrote a book about early women pilots entitled, Before Amelia: Women Pilots in the Early Days of Aviation. The book, published by Brassey's Inc. in 2002, highlights the following pilots: Raymonde De Laroche; Hélène Dutrieu; Marie Marvingt; Melli Beese; Lydia Zvereva; Eugenie Shakhovskaya; Lyubov Golanchikova; Helena Samsonova; Hilda Hewlett; Cheridah de Beauvoir Stocks; Winnie Buller; Lillian E. Bland; Blanche Scott; Bessica Raiche; Harriet Quimby; Matilde Moisant; Katherine and Marjorie Stinson; Ruth Law; Julia Clark; Bernetta Miller; Florence Seidell; Mrs. Richberg Hornsby; Dorothy Rice Peirce; Helen Hodge Harris; Hilder Smith; Alys McKey Bryant; and Lily Irvine.
Summary:
This collection consists of two cubic feet of research material gathered for Eileen F. Lebow's book, Before Amelia: Women Pilots in the Early Days of Aviation. The research material was gathered from a variety of repositories, and consists mostly of copies of newspaper articles and photographs.
Cite as:
Before Amelia: Women Pilots in the Early Days of Aviation Collection, Accession number 2007-0001, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Flettner Fl 282A Kolibri ("Hummingbird") Drawings This collection consists of 36 drawings, drawn by Stephen Willis from document research and measurements of the Flettner components at Midland Air Museum

Creator:
Willis, Stephen
Physical description:
.4 cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Technical drawings
Collection descriptions
Place:
Germany
Date:
2003
2003-2007
This collection consists of 36 drawings drawn by Stephen Willis from document research and measurements of the Flettner components at Midland Air Museum
Topic:
Helicopters
Aeronautics
Flettner Fl 282A Kolibri ("Hummingbird")
Local number:
2008-0010
Notes:
The Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri ("Hummingbird") is a single-seat open cockpit intermeshing rotor helicopter produced by Anton Flettner of Germany. In 1940, the German Navy made a request for a naval helicopter, and the FL 282 deliveries began in 1942; by the next year, 20 prototypes were in service. The prototypes were build in different variants, one or two seater, closed or open cockpit, and other modifications. Based on the prototypes success, plans to manufacture 1000 helicopters were approved; however, because the Kolibri was a Navy aircraft, they had little claim on production facilities. The plans to manufacture them were finally aborted due to allied bombing of the Flettner factories. Only three Kolibri survived the war; the rest were destroyed to prevent capture. Today only a few components still exist, including parts of the Fl 282 V-10, which is located at Midland Air Museum, Coventry, England.
Summary:
This collection consists of 36 drawings, drawn by Stephen Willis from document research and measurements of the Flettner components at Midland Air Museum.
Cite as:
Flettner Fl 282A Kolibri ("Hummingbird") Drawings, Accession 2008-0010, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Pan Am Footage 1963-1986

Creator:
Pan American World Airways, Inc
Physical description:
one cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Video recordings
Date:
1963
1963-1986
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airlines
Local number:
2008-0016
Notes:
Pan American World Airways was active in the airline industry from 1927, when it established a regular scheduled international service, to its bankruptcy in late 1991. Pan American was the first American airline to operate a permanent international air service. From its first route between Key West and Havana, Pan Am extended its routes into the rest of the Caribbean, Central America and South America. In 1936, Pan Am inaugurated passenger service in the Pacific, and began service in the Atlantic in 1939. Pan Am started around-the-world commercial air service in 1947. Besides establishing many "firsts" with routes, Pan Am also set "firsts" in aircraft technology, as when they became the first to use Boeing 747s in regular scheduled services.
Summary:
This collection consists of six films, two video tapes, and a 1/4 inch audio tape. The films in this collection are as follows "Wings to the Land of the Maya" (1965); "Birth of a Jet" (poor condition); "The Pan Am Story;" "Panamac - What it is...What it Does;" "50,000;" and end titles to a longer film. The video tapes in this collection are "C. E. Acker on Sale of Pacific Division" (4/25/1986, U-Matic); "Pan American/National Merger" (internal version, U-Matic). The audio tape is a recording of the "Old Timers Program" for October 10, 1963.
Cite as:
Pan Am Footage, Accession 2008-0016, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
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Power Driven Articulated Dummy Final Report 1965

Creator:
Illinois Institute of Technology
Physical description:
.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Reports
Collection descriptions
Technical drawings
Date:
1965
1965-1965
Topic:
Space suits
Astronautics
Manned space flight
Local number:
2008-0015
Notes:
An articulated dummy was built in the early 1960s for NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center by the Illinois Institute of Technology to support the development of space suits. It used -hydraulic and electrical actuators to replicate many of the joint motions of the human body, with realistic forces. Sensors placed throughout the dummy measured forces that a prototype suit might exert on a human being when wearing the suit in a space environment. That enabled suit designers to measure how much force a human would need to move an arm or leg, or turn his or her head, when wearing a suit in space. By using this dummy instead of a human being during the design and testing of a space suit, tests could proceed that might otherwise be painful, tedious, or dangerous for a human being.
Summary:
This collection contains the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute (IITRI) final report for Project No. K6051, Power Driven Articulated Dummy. This project was under Contract No. NAS 9-1370 and ran from May 22, 1963 through July 31, 1965. The report was prepared by J. Slowik for the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas and is dated December 14, 1965. The report is 8.5 by 11 inches, plastic spiral bound, and is 70 pages long plus three appendices, and includes images as well as several schematic drawings that fold out to full size.
Cite as:
Power Driven Articulated Dummy Final Report, Accession 2008-0015, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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