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Frank Coffyn Scrapbooks and Photo Albums

Creator:
Coffyn, Frank, 1878-1960  Search this
Names:
Michigan Aero Club  Search this
Wright Flying Team  Search this
Coffyn, Frank, 1878-1960  Search this
Thompson, Lewis Eugene  Search this
Wright, Orville, 1871-1948  Search this
Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912  Search this
Extent:
0.93 Cubic Feet ((4 flatboxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Date:
1911-1932
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of five scrapbooks. Scrapbook A consists of photographs and newspaper clippings relating to Coffyn's visit to the aviation meet of the Michigan Aero Club June 19-23 1911. Scrapbook B is basically newspaper clippings of Coffyn's flights in various parts of the U.S. during the year 1912. Scrapbook C is a photo album of 1910-1932 , with photos labeled by subject and date. This scrapbook contains some images of a model B Wright Biplane. Book D includes photographs of Coffyn in New York harbor, images of Lachapelle's Gliding Boat, a photo and letter from portrait artist Lewis Eugene Thompson, and a Halcon Caravel ship photo. Book E is a photo album containing images of Coffyn and a Burgess Flying Boat in 1913
Biographical / Historical:
Frank Coffyn (1878-1960) was a pioneer flyer and aviation consultant. Coffyn learned to fly from the Wright Brothers in Dayton Ohio, was a member of the original Wright Flying Team.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Frank Coffyn, XXXX-0065, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Wright (Co) Model B  Search this
Burgess Aircraft Family  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0065
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0065

Wright (Brothers) Flight Logs

Creator:
Coffyn, Frank, 1878-1960  Search this
Names:
Brookins, Walter R.  Search this
Burgess, William Starling  Search this
Hoxsey, Arch  Search this
Parmalee, Phillip Orin  Search this
Prince, Norman, Sergeant  Search this
Taylor, Charles Edward, 1868-1956  Search this
Welsh, Arthur L. "Al"  Search this
Wright, Orville, 1871-1948  Search this
Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Cubic Feet (2 folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Logbooks
Date:
bulk 1910-1917
Summary:
This collection consists of a series of 68 "Field Reports" completed by Frank T. Coffyn logging flight activities of Wright (Brothers) aircraft, for the period from May 5, 1910, through February 24, 1911
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a series of 68 "Field Reports" completed by Frank T. Coffyn logging flight activities of Wright (Brothers) aircraft, for the period from May 5, 1910, through February 24, 1911. (One report is for March 26, 1917, and appears to list Coffyn's flights for that day.) The reports were completed on preprinted forms with columns for "Machine Number, Operator [pilot]," "Passenger," "Time of Flight," "Wind Direction," "Wind Velocity," "Length of Flight (Time and Distance)," and "Remarks." Spaces were also provided for Date, Gasoline Used, and Oil Used, and a signature. Fifty-six of the reports are signed by Frank Coffyn; the remaining sixteen appear to be in Coffyn's handwriting. Most are carbon copies. The reports cover flights made at Huffman Prairie, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Montreal, Canada; Atlantic City and Asbury Park, New Jersey; Hartford, Connecticut; and Augusta, Georgia. Besides Orville and Wilbur Wright, most of the pilots and passengers listed were students who became members of the Wright Exhibition Team. Pilots and passengers include: Griffith Brewer, Walter Brookins, William Starling Burgess, Frank Coffyn, Arch Hoxsey, Ralph Johnstone, Duval LaChapelle, Albert B. Lambert (President St. Louis Aero Club), Phillip O. Parmalee, Norman Prince, Frank H. Russell (first manager of the Wright Co.), Charlie Taylor, and Arthur L. "Al" Welsh [spelled by Coffyn throughout as "Welch"], and Lorin Wright. Most notable is the report of May 25, 1910, which lists the only flight Orville and Wilbur Wright made together, and the first and only flight taken by their father, Bishop Milton Wright. Remarks include notes on modifications and damage to the aircraft, reasons for takeoff failures, and (in some cases) altitude attained in flight. Additional notes on the earlier reports record total flight hours to date for several of the pilots.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged at the item level; pages from log are displayed chronologically.
Biographical / Historical:
Wilbur Wright was born April 16, 1867, his brother Orville Wright on August 19, 1871. They, along with sister Katharine and brothers Reuchlin and Lorin, were raised near Millville, Indiana and in Dayton, Ohio by their mother, Susan Wright, and father, Milton Wright, bishop of the United Brethren Church. As young men, Wilbur and Orville launched a printing business and a bicycle shop. An interest in aeronautics, spurred by the accounts of the experiments of Otto Lilienthal, prompted Wilbur to request information on the subject from the Smithsonian Institution in 1899. In August of 1900, Wilbur built his first glider and that year and the next the brothers tested gliders at Kitty Hawk. The Wrights constructed a wind tunnel to gather accurate aeronautical data and, benefiting from this new information, another glider was built in 1902. In 1903, the brothers were ready to began construction of a powered craft. With the assistance of mechanic Charles Taylor, they added a 4-cylinder, 12-horsepower engine and propellers to the 1903 Flyer and it was sent to Kitty Hawk for testing. At 10:35 am, December 17, on Kill Devil Hill, Orville achieved a flight of 12 seconds--traveling a distance of 120 feet. By 1908 the Wrights were demonstrating their machines in Europe. The U.S. Army Signal Corps advertised for bids for a two-seat observation aircraft and in 1908 and 1909, the Wrights flew at official Army trials at Fort Myer, Virginia. (It was here that powered flight's first fatality occurred: the tragic death of Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge.) The Army was to purchase the Military Flyer (Signal Corps No. 1) for {dollar}30,000 in 1909. In that same year, The Wright Company was established to manufacture Wright aircraft. Wilbur died in Dayton, Ohio on May 30,1912. Orville Wright would live until January 30, 1948
Provenance:
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, NASM.XXXX.0641
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Flight training  Search this
Genre/Form:
Logbooks
Citation:
Wright (Brothers) Flight Logs, NASM.XXXX.0641, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0641
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0641
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Pilots' Licenses Collection

Names:
Aero Club of America  Search this
National Aeronautic Association (U.S.)  Search this
Coffyn, Frank, 1878-1960  Search this
Havens, Beckwith.  Search this
Keightley, George M., 1889-1967  Search this
Upson, Ralph Hazlett, 1888-1968  Search this
Extent:
0.33 Cubic Feet ((1 box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Identity cards
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Included in this collection are the following licenses and identity cards: Laura Bromwell, Aero Club of America Aviator no. 4620; John Milton Bryant, Aero Club of American Aviator no. 208; Frank Coffyn, Aero Club of America Aviator no. 26, National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Helicopter no. 3; Curtis La Q. Day, Aero Club of America Aviator no. 302; Richard Duncan, Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom no. 3702, Air Engineer's Certificate no. 194, and Commerical Air Pilot's Certificate (Flying Machines) no. 165; Lester Gardner, honorary member pilot's card issued by the Ligue Internationale des Aviateurs; G. S. Gillespie, U.S. Navy Naval Aviator no. 32; Beckwith Havens, U.S. Naval Aviator no. 524; Frederick A. Hoover, Aero Club of America Aviator no. 100; George M. Keightley Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) annual sporting licenses, 1928 and 1929; Benjamin Scovill Kelsey, 1940-1941 London driver's license, NAA Aviator no. 6843, US Department of Commerce Transport no. 3200, 1928 NAA Sporting license, U.S. Army Air Corps identification card, Connecticut drivers licenses 1928 and 1929, Connecticut Department of Aviation Aircraft Pilot's licenses 1924-1929, six Instrument Flying certificates (1937-1941), U.S. Department of Commerce Mechanic's license no. 1368; Alfred S. Koch, 1931 NAA Annual Sporting License, Aero Club of America 1918-1919 membership card; Lawrence Leon, Aero Club of America Aviator 589; Grover Loening, NAA Aviator no. 7171, NAA 1929 Annual Sporting License, U.S. Department of Commerce Pilot Identification card (pilot no. 2648), Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) Airman identification card, 1940 Nassau County New York pistol license, U.S. Department of Commerce Certificates with Limitations 1946 (two duplicates) and 1948, Aviation Country Clubs 1929 card, business card and photo; Zenos Ramsey Miller, U.S. Air Service Reserve Military Aviator rating valid for five years starting April 11, 1919; Thomas DeWitt Milling, Aero Club of America Aviator no. 30; Charles L. Morris NAA Airplane Pilot no. 8851; Thea Rasche, NAA 1929 Annual Sporting License; D. deR. M. Scarritt, U.S.Department of Commerce Transport no. 10, Department of Commerce Mechanic's no. 10; Walter J. Shaffer, Sport Aviation Commission of France Aviator no. 17976; Thomas E. Springer, Aero Club of America Aviator no. 509; Norman Sweetser, Aero Club of Italy Aviator no. DCCCXVII (817), Aero Club of Italy Aviator no. 1853; Alexander B. Thaw II, American Expeditionary Force identity card no. 130; Ralph H. Upson, Aero Club of America Dirigible Balloon Pilot license no. 7, Aero Club of America Spherical Balloon Pilot license no. 48; Ralph H. Upson, private pilot's license, license no. 10290; Clifford L. Webster, Aero Club of America Aviator no. 69; Aero Club of America Annual license no. 12 for the year 1925, U.S. Naval Aviator no. 112 1/2; and E. A. Yeager, Aero Club of America Spherical Balloon Pilot no. 82; unused French "Brevet et Licence de Pilote de Ballons Libres;" Raymond Emmanuel Bollack, 1913 FAI pilot license; Roland Rohlfs, Aero Club of America, no. 699, 1930 Air Transport License, and 1928 Pilot's Identification Card; and Paul Robert Gruhler, 1929 engine mechanic license.
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Air pilots  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Women air pilots  Search this
Genre/Form:
Identity cards
Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, Acc. XXXX-0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0650
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0650

Wright Brothers Collection

Names:
Coffyn, Frank, 1878-1960  Search this
Ford, Henry, 1863-1947  Search this
Jones, Ernest La Rue, 1883-1955  Search this
Peterkin, C. R.  Search this
See, James Waring, 1850-1920.  Search this
Upson, Ralph Hazlett, 1888-1968  Search this
Wright, Orville, 1871-1948  Search this
Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912  Search this
Extent:
0.25 Cubic Feet (1 slim legal document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Sketches
Date:
1909-1945
Summary:
This collection consists mostly of correspondence between the Wright brothers and the following people: J.W. See; Ralph H. Upson; Henry Ford; Ernest Jones; Frank Coffyn; O.G. Simmons; C.R. Peterkin; Otto Mallery; Maynard; and Lester Gardner. Also included are sketches, an NAA letter signed by witnesses: Etheridge, Dough and Moore attesting to the 1903 flight, and the Wright Brothers' original bid for the military contract.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists mostly of correspondence between the Wright brothers and the following people: J.W. See; Ralph H. Upson; Henry Ford; Ernest Jones; Frank Coffyn; O.G. Simmons; C.R. Peterkin; Otto Mallery; Maynard; and Lester Gardner. Also included are sketches, an NAA letter signed by witnesses: Etheridge, Dough and Moore attesting to the 1903 flight, and the Wright Brothers' original bid for the military contract.
Arrangement:
Correspondence is arranged by recipient, other materials are arranged by topic.
Biographical / Historical:
Wilbur Wright was born April 16, 1867, his brother Orville Wright on August 19, 1871. They, along with sister Katharine and brothers Reuchlin and Lorin, were raised near Millville, Indiana and in Dayton, Ohio by their mother, Susan Wright, and father, Milton Wright, bishop of the United Brethren Church. As young men, Wilbur and Orville launched a printing business and a bicycle shop. An interest in aeronautics, spurred by the accounts of the experiments of Otto Lilienthal, prompted Wilbur to request information on the subject from the Smithsonian Institution in 1899. In August of 1900, Wilbur built his first glider and that year and the next the brothers tested gliders at Kitty Hawk. The Wrights constructed a wind tunnel to gather accurate aeronautical data and, benefiting from this new information, another glider was built in 1902. In 1903, the brothers were ready to began construction of a powered craft. With the assistance of mechanic Charles Taylor, they added a 4-cylinder, 12-horsepower engine and propellers to the 1903 Flyer and it was sent to Kitty Hawk for testing. At 10:35 am, December 17, on Kill Devil Hill, Orville achieved a flight of 12 seconds--traveling a distance of 120 feet. By 1908 the Wrights were demonstrating their machines in Europe. The U.S. Army Signal Corps advertised for bids for a two-seat observation aircraft and in 1908 and 1909, the Wrights flew at official Army trials at Fort Myer, Virginia. (It was here that powered flight's first fatality occurred: the tragic death of Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge.) The Army was to purchase the Military Flyer (Signal Corps No. 1) for $30,000 in 1909. In that same year, The Wright Company was established to manufacture Wright aircraft. Wilbur died in Dayton, Ohio on May 30,1912. Orville Wright would live until January 30, 1948.
Provenance:
Various Donors, Gift, unknown, NASM.XXXX.0376
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics -- 1903-1916  Search this
Airplanes -- Design and construction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Sketches
Citation:
Wright Brothers Collection, NASM.XXXX.0376, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0376
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0376
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