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Rodgers, Calbraith Perry. [photograph]

Photographer:
Unknown  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1911
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Local number:
NASM-172720
Restrictions & Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at http://airandspace.si.edu/permissions
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National Air and Space Museum Cataloged Imagery Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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edanmdm:siris_arc_364140

Wright (Co) Model EX "Vin Fiz"; Rodgers, Calbraith Perry. [photograph]

Photographer:
Unknown  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1911
Topic:
Air pilots  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Local number:
NASM-172733
Restrictions & Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at http://airandspace.si.edu/permissions
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National Air and Space Museum Cataloged Imagery Collection
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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edanmdm:siris_arc_364141

Taylor, Charles Edward; Rodgers, Calbraith Perry; Wright (Co) Model EX "Vin Fiz". [photograph]

Photographer:
Harold Foelak  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
Sep-11
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Local number:
NASM-A-48065-L
Restrictions & Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at http://airandspace.si.edu/permissions
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National Air Museum Photography Collection
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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edanmdm:siris_arc_365332

Wright (Co) Model EX "Vin Fiz"; Rodgers, Calbraith Perry; Events, 1911 USA, Transcontinental Flight of the "Vin Fiz". [photograph]

Photographer:
Unknown  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1911
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Local number:
NASM-00172809
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
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Videodisc Imagery Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_380259

Wright (Co) Model EX "Vin Fiz"; Rodgers, Calbraith Perry; Events, 1911 USA, Transcontinental Flight of the "Vin Fiz". [photograph]

Photographer:
Unknown  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1911
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Local number:
NASM-00172768
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
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National Air Museum Photography Collection
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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edanmdm:siris_arc_384561

Wright (Co) Model EX "Vin Fiz"; Rodgers, Calbraith Perry; Events, 1911 USA, Transcontinental Flight of the "Vin Fiz". [photograph]

Photographer:
Unknown  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1911
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Aircraft accidents  Search this
Local number:
NASM-00101414
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
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National Air Museum Photography Collection
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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edanmdm:siris_arc_387463

Wright (Co) Model EX "Vin Fiz"; Rodgers, Calbraith Perry; Events, 1911 USA, Transcontinental Flight of the "Vin Fiz". [photograph]

Type:
Photographs
Date:
1911
Topic:
Air pilots  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Local number:
NASM-00101426
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
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National Air Museum Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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edanmdm:siris_arc_389267

Vin Fiz

Sponsor:
Armour & Co.  Search this
Pilot:
Calbraith Perry Rodgers  Search this
Medium:
Poster, Advertising
Dimensions:
2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 78.1 x 103cm (30 3/4 x 40 9/16 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1911
Inventory Number:
A19350044000
Restrictions & Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19350044000
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Rodgers, Calbraith Perry

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Container:
Drawer CR, Folder 522000-01
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Documents
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Archives Reading Room at the Museum in Washington, DC. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Reference Desk.
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National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Biographies
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-1183-c-ref55713

Rodgers, Calbraith Perry

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Container:
Drawer CR, Folder 522000-02
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Documents
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Archives Reading Room at the Museum in Washington, DC. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Reference Desk.
See more items in:
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Biographies
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-1183-c-ref55716

Rodgers, Calbraith Perry

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Container:
Drawer CR, Folder 522000-80
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Photos
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Archives Reading Room at the Museum in Washington, DC. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Reference Desk.
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National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Biographies
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-1183-c-ref55719

Rodgers, Calbraith Perry

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Archives Reading Room at the Museum in Washington, DC. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Reference Desk.
See more items in:
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Biographies
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-1183-c-ref55712

"Vin Fiz" in the National Air Museum

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Rodgers, Calbraith Perry  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
National Air Museum (U.S.)  Search this
South Yard  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Exhibit
Photographic print
Date:
1961
Topic:
Aircraft  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aircraft Building  Search this
Standard number:
2002-12157
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8280

The Vin-Fiz in the A&I Building

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Rodgers, Calbraith Perry  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Arts and Industries Building  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Exhibit
Date:
Unknown, probably the early 1950s
Topic:
Wright Brothers  Search this
Vin Fiz  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Ceilings  Search this
Standard number:
91-3700
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8317

Rodgers, Calbraith Perry

Collection Creator:
Morehouse, Harold E., 1894-1973  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies Collection, Acc. XXXX-0450, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Harold E. Morehouse Flying Pioneers Biographies collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0450-ref286

Vin Fiz Advertisement

Creator:
Armour Company  Search this
Names:
Armour Company  Search this
Rodgers, Calbraith Perry  Search this
Extent:
0.01 Cubic Feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Advertisements
Date:
1911
Scope and Contents:
This donation is a 'Vin Fiz' advertisement, 2 x 4 inches. One side reads: 'Greetings for the sky - Rodgers in the Vin-Fiz Flyer from New York to Los Angeles for the Hearst {dollar}50,000 ocean to ocean flight.' The other side advertises the Vin-Fiz grape drink, 'sold everywhere.'
Biographical / Historical:
In 1910, William Randolph Hearst offered a {dollar}50,000 prize to the first person to make a transcontinental flight in thirty days or less. Calbraith Perry Rodgers, hoping to win the prize, took off from Sheepshead Bay, Long Island, New York, on September 17, 1911 in the Wright EX "Vin Fiz." His sponsor, the Armour Company of Chicago, was marketing a grape-flavored soft drink called "Vin Fiz." In addition to the prize money, should he win it, Rodgers would receive {dollar}5 from Armour for every mile flown. Accompanying Rodgers along the route was a special train carrying mechanics, spare parts, and of course, several representatives of the Armour Company. Unfortunately, thirty days passed and Rodgers found himself only as far as Oklahoma. But with the Armour Company's backing, and his own determination to succeed, Rodgers continued west. On November 5, he reached his original goal, Pasadena, California, after flying 4,321 miles. Averaging 52 mph, his total air time was 82 hours and 4 minutes. However, Rodgers wanted to reached the Pacific. So on November 12 he took off again, only to be forced down at Covina Junction and then at Compton. In the Compton crash, he was severely injured, and grounded for nearly a month. Finally, on December 10, using crutches to walk to the repaired aircraft, Rodgers flew onto the sand at Long Beach, California, having completed the first transcontinental flight after more than seventy stops, numerous accidents, an in-flight run-in with an eagle, and replacing enough parts to build four new aircraft.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Frank Hempstead, Gift, 1988, 1989-0010, Public Domain
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:
Wright (Co) Model EX "Vin Fiz"  Search this
Aeronautics in advertising  Search this
Endurance flights  Search this
Aeronautics -- Flights  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics -- Records  Search this
Aeronautics -- 1903-1916  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Advertisements
Identifier:
NASM.1989.0010
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1989-0010

Fred Howard Vin Fiz Special Papers

Creator:
Howard, Fred.  Search this
Names:
Armour Company  Search this
Rodgers, Calbraith Perry  Search this
Extent:
0.8 Cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Telegrams
Financial records
Correspondence
Logs (records)
Newspaper clippings
Date:
1911
Summary:
The first crossing of the United States by airplane was achieved by Calbraith Perry Rodgers in 1911 in his Wright EX biplane, named the Vin Fiz.
Scope and Content:
This collection consists of the following material relating to Fred Howard and his role with the Vin Fiz Special: correspondence, newspaper clippings and articles, schedules and logs for both the Vin Fiz and the Vin Fiz Special, telegrams; train registration sheets, miscellaneous notes, passenger lists, and financial paperwork.
Arrangement:
Arranged by type of material.
Biographical/Historical note:
The first crossing of the United States by airplane was achieved by Calbraith Perry Rodgers in 1911 in his Wright EX biplane, named the Vin Fiz. Rodgers decided to attempt the coast-to-coast flight in response to publisher William Randolph Hearst's New York American challenge which offered a prize of $50,000 for the first transcontinental flight to be competed in 30 days. Rodgers began his journey from Sheepshead Bay, New York, on September 17, 1911, and as the flight was punctuated by numerous stops, delays, and accidents the 30-day time limit Hearst imposed for the prize had expired before Rodgers reached California on November 5, 1911.

To finance the trip, Rodgers had secured backing from the Armour Company, a Chicago firm which was then introducing a new grape-flavored soft drink called Vin Fiz. Armour provided Rodgers with a special train, called the Vin Fiz Special, with cars for the accommodation of Rodgers' family and his support crew, and a "hangar" car, which was a rolling workshop, filled with spare parts to repair and maintain the airplane over the course of the flight. There was even an automobile on board to pick up Rodgers after forced landings away from the rail line. Fred Howard, the division passenger agent for the Erie Railroad, was placed in charge of the Vin Fiz Special and soon also took charge of the command center, juggling both railroad matters and aviation repairs. In Chicago, Howard was commended for his effort and asked to continue with the flight to California, but he declined.
Provenance:
Eileen F. Lebow , Gift, 2006, NASM.2007.0002
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:
Wright (Co) Model EX "Vin Fiz"  Search this
Railroad cars  Search this
Railroad travel  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Vin Fiz Special (train)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Telegrams
Financial records
Correspondence
Logs (records)
Newspaper clippings
Citation:
Fred Howard Vin Fiz Special Papers, NASM.2007.0002, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2007.0002
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Fred Howard Vin Fiz Special Papers
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_collection:sova-nasm-2007-0002
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Cal Rodgers and the Vin Fiz: The First Transcontinental Flight Collection

Creator:
Lebow, Eileen F.  Search this
Names:
Rodgers, Calbraith Perry  Search this
Extent:
1.09 Cubic feet (3 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Newspaper clippings
Brochures
Photographs
Date:
1911 - 1976
Summary:
This collection consists of one cubic foot of research material gathered by Eileen Lebow to write Cal Rodgers and the Vin Fiz: The First Transcontinental Flight. The following types of material are included, which trace Rodgers' flight: copy photographs; vintage prints and postcards; copies of newspaper articles; and brochures.
Scope and Content:
This collection consists of one cubic foot of research material collected by Eileen Lebow for her book Cal Rodgers and the Vin Fiz: The First Transcontinental Flight. Included in this collection are the following materials: copy photographs, vintage prints and postcards, copies of newspaper articles, and brochures. Ms. Lebow's original order, which appears to be chronological, was primarily maintained; however, some folders were combined to encompass a broader topic (i.e. folders about individual family members were combined into "Rodgers Family Background" folder.)
Arrangement note:
The collection is organized based on Ms. Lebow's original order. Box one consists primarily of photocopies of original source material (newspapers, correspondence), Ms. Lebow's correspondence, her notes, and brochures collected. Box two consists primarily of photocopies of news clippings from local papers following the flight of the Vin Fiz. Box three holds a variety of items, including photocopies of news clippings, published material on the Vin Fiz, photographs (both vintage and copy prints), notes and memorabilia. The material ranges in date from 1910 to 1997.
Biographical/Historical note:
The first crossing of the United States by airplane was achieved by Calbraith Perry Rodgers in 1911 in his Wright EX biplane, named the Vin Fiz. Rodgers decided to attempt the coast-to-coast flight in response to publisher William Randolph Hearst's challenge which offered a prize of $50,000 for the first transcontinental flight completed in 30 days. To finance the trip, Rodgers secured backing from the Armour Company, a Chicago firm that was introducing a new grape-flavored soft drink called Vin Fiz. Rodgers began his journey from Sheepshead Bay, New York, on September 17, 1911, but due to numerous stops, delays, and accidents, the 30-day time limit had expired before Rodgers reached California on November 5, 1911. Author Eileen F. Lebow wrote a book about Cal Rodgers' famous flight entitled, Cal Rodgers and the Vin Fiz: The First Transcontinental Flight. The book was published by the Smithsonian Institution Press in 1989.
Provenance:
Eileen Lebow, Gift, 2006
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics -- Flights  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Wright (Co) Model EX "Vin Fiz"  Search this
Airplane racing  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newspaper clippings
Brochures
Photographs
Citation:
Cal Rodgers and the Vin Fiz: The First Transcontinental Flight Collection, Accession number 2007-0004, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Cal Rodgers and the Vin Fiz: The First Transcontinental Flight Collection, Acc. 2007-0004, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Inst.
Identifier:
NASM.2007.0004
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Cal Rodgers and the Vin Fiz: The First Transcontinental Flight Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2007-0004
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Flight of the Vin Fiz / by E.P. Stein

Author:
Stein, E. P  Search this
Subject:
Rodgers, Calbraith Perry  Search this
Physical description:
351 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1985
C1985
Topic:
Aeronautics--Flights  Search this
Call number:
TL721.R54S778 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_279232

First transcontinental flight. Edited and with an introd. by Michael O'Hare

Author:
Wiggin, Charles S  Search this
Subject:
Rodgers, Calbraith Perry  Search this
Physical description:
unpaged. illus. 15 x 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1961
[1961]
Topic:
Aeronautics--Flights  Search this
Call number:
TL721.R54 W5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_66675

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