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1927 : summer of eagles / Jack Huttig

Author:
Huttig, Jack
Physical description:
xiv, 147 p., 40 leaves of plates : ill. 2l x 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
C1980
Topic:
Transatlantic flights
Transpacific flights
Call number:
TL531 .H87X
Notes:
Includes index
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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20c + 50c Transpacific China Clipper over the Pacific Flight cover

Scott Catalogue USA C21Scott Catalogue USA C22
Medium:
paper; ink; adhesive
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 3 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (9.53 x 16.51 cm)
Type:
Covers & Associated Letters
Place of Origin:
San Francisco, California
Place Through:
Hong Kong (British colony)
Place of Destination:
Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland
Date:
1937
Topic:
National Stamp Collection
Object number:
1984.0173.18781
Description:
Cover from the San Francisco to Hong Kong foreign airmail route, dated April 21, 1937.
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National Postal Museum Collection
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National Postal Museum
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Amelia Earhart

Artist:
Alexandrina Robertson Harris, born Aberdeen, Scotland 1886-died New York City 1978
Sitter:
Amelia Earhart
Medium:
watercolor on ivory
Dimensions:
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (10.8 x 8.9 cm) rectangle
Type:
Painting-Miniature
Date:
ca. 1935
Topic:
Occupation\transportation\pilot
Portrait female\bust
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alexandrina Bruce
Object number:
1967.8.1
Description:
Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) is known as much for her mysterious disappearance during an attempt to fly around the world as for her pioneering accomplishments. Born in Atchison, Kansas, Earhart bought her first plane in 1921. In 1929 she organized an all-women’s air race from Los Angeles to Cleveland, which Will Rogers dubbed the “Powder Puff Derby,” and with a group of women pilots was a founder and first president of the Ninety-Nines, the first professional women pilots’ organization. In 1932 she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, five years to the day after Lindbergh had been the first man to do so. Three years later she flew a solo transpacific flight from Hawaii to California, for which President Roosevelt remarked, "You have scored again . . . (and) shown even the ‘doubting Thomases’ that aviation is a science which cannot be limited to men only." In 1937 she and navigator Fred Noonan embarked on a planned flight around the world; but on July 2, Earhart’s plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean, and neither she nor her plane was ever found.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16B, Drawer 31
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Captain William B. Voortmeyer Papers 1927-1952

Creator:
Voortmeyer, William B
Physical description:
.36 cubic feet (1 letter document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Publications
Periodicals
Date:
1927
1927-1952
Topic:
Navigation (Aeronautics)
Navigation--History
Aeronautics
Transpacific flights
Local number:
2010-0006
Notes:
William Bertus Voortmeyer (1891-1952) was a master maritime navigator who developed many early aerial navigation systems, including a numerical signal code by which ships at sea were able to advise pilots of their position by hoisting numerical flags to indicate the distance to a destination. Voortmeyer was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and at age 13 went to sea as a cabin boy on the sailing ship of which his father was captain. Voortmeyer spent the next twenty years at sea, earning a Master Mariners License. During World War I, he was a navigating officer in the transport service. When he left the sea, he held several Civil Aeronautics and Administration (CAA) and California State teaching credentials and was a certified instructor of hulls, an aviation cadet instructor, a pilot, and a Tug Master. He taught classes in marine navigation, writing books on navigation including Guide to Air Pilotage and Meteorology, and Air Navigation. During the late 1920s, he was a navigation adviser on several pioneering flights, including the first successful flight across the Pacific ocean by Ernie Smith, the Dole Flight and the pioneering flight of Charles Kingsford-Smith in 1928. Voortmeyer was also a navigation consultant for Amelia Earhart and for pioneering flights to the Arctic. From 1930 to 1935 he was with the Port of Oakland as a nautical consultant. In 1928, Voortmeyer developed an internationally adopted Numerical Flag Code, a numeral signal code which made it unnecessary for air navigators to master the international semaphore signaling code, by designing pennants with the number from one to ten that ships would hoist when aircraft were flying over head so that the aircraft could confirm their position. During WWII, Captain Voortmeyer was an aviation ground instructor in Navigation at the Pensacola Naval Training Station, Florida. He returned to the sea in command of various transport ships, including the Liberty ship, the Henry Hoyt. In 1946 he was captain of the Benjamin Warner and in 1947 was appointed as a pilot of one of Oakland's fireboats
Summary:
This collection consists of the following items documenting the career of Captain William B. Voortmeyer: newspaper clippings; photocopies of four photographs; a CD copy of Voortmeyer's unpublished manuscript, "The Rise of Air Power Over the Pacific," 1941; Air Navigation, textbook for the Air Training Center by Voortmeyer; manuscript of "The Modern Air of Pilotage;" manuscript of a Navy Address, by Lt. W. B. Voortmeyer, 1936; manuscript of talk given on Oakland radio station KYA by Voortmeyer to Junior Birdmen, 1935; promotional flyer for "A Practical Course of 12 Lessons in Aerial Navigation and Meteorology" by Captain W. B. Voortmeyer, 1933; a card of the flag signaling system developed by Voortmeyer, signed July 1, 1927; and Oakland City Resolution No. 2337 in honor of Voortmeyer
Cite as:
Captain William B. Voortmeyer Papers, Accession 2010-0006, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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China clipper / by Ronald W. Jackson

Author:
Jackson, Ronald W. 1946-
Subject:
Pan American World Airways, inc History
China Clipper (Airplane) History
Physical description:
xiv, 1 leaf, 224 p., 24 leaves of plates. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1980
C1980
Topic:
Transpacific flights--History
Call number:
HE9803.P36 J3 1980X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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December 7, 1941 and the First Around-the-World Commercial Flight

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Update Date:
2011-12-08T22:39:15Z
Topic:
Aircraft
Flight
Space
Synopsis:
Pan Am Boeing 314 Stranded. Six days from its home port of San Francisco, a luxurious Boeing 314 flying boat, the Pacific Clipper, was preparing to alight in Auckland, New Zealand, as part of the airline’s transpacific service when the crew of ten learned of the Japanese attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941. All across the Pacific, Pan Am facilities came under assault: Wake Island, where the Martin M-130 Philippine Clipper returned just in time to pick up the Pan Am staff and escape although riddled with bullet holes; Manila, which had come under direct [...]
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National Air and Space Museum
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Ernest Smith and Emory Bronte Scrapbook, 1927

Creator:
Smith, Ernest
Bronte, Emory
Subject:
Smith, Ernest
Bronte, Emory
Physical description:
0.83 cubic feet (1 flatbox)
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Records
Clippings
Scrapbooks
Date:
1927
Topic:
Travel Air aircraft family
Transpacific flights
Aeronautics
Local number:
XXXX-0020
XXXX-0389
Notes:
In July 1927, Ernest L. Smith (pilot) and Emory B. Bronte (navigator) attempted to fly from California to Hawaii. They crash-landed on the island of Molokai and lost radio communication. Neither man was injured. National attention was given for their efforts. Their Travelair was named 'The City of Oakland'. Mr. Bronte, born in 1902, was a pilot, a US Naval Reserve Air Service officer and a member of the National Aeronautic Association
Summary:
The scrapbook is a reference of their flight with newspaper clippings, a few photographs of the downed plane and a piece of the aircraft fabric
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Ernest Smith/Emory Bronte Flight Scrapbook, 1927

Creator:
Smith, Ernest
Bronte, Emory
Subject:
Smith, Ernest
Bronte, Emory
Physical description:
0.74 cubic feet (1 flatbox)
Type:
Clippings
Collection descriptions
Records
Photographs
Correspondence
Scrapbooks
Date:
1927
Topic:
Travel Air aircraft family
Aeronautics
Transpacific flights
Local number:
XXXX-0389
XXXX-0020
Notes:
On July 14-15, 1927, Ernest Smith and Emory Bronte made the first civilian transpacific flight from California to Hawaii in their Travelair 'City of Oakland.' Although they planned to land in Honolulu, problems with the gasoline pump and radio receiving apparatus forced them to crash-land in Molakai
Summary:
This scrapbook, covered with Tahitian tapa cloth, chronicles the Smith-Bronte historic flight and consists of the following: including 30 letters; 23 telegrams; 197 photographs; 357 news articles; and 20 miscellaneous items
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Events, 1928, Flights, Transpacific, Fokker F.VIIB-3m "Southern Cross" (Kingsford-Smith), Route Map. [photograph]

Photographer:
Unknown
Type:
Ephemera
Records
Date:
5/31/1928
Topic:
Endurance flights
Aeronautics
Maps
Local number:
NASM-9A04890
Summary:
Map, US Department of the Navy, Hydrographic Office, "North Pacific Ocean, Eastern Part", 121st Ed., May 1925, used in conjunction with the 1928 flight of the Fokker F.VIIB/3M "Southern Cross". Signed by W. B. Voortmeyer, May 31, 1928. Handwritten annotations at lower right: Original Flight Map carried on the "Southern Cross" prepared by me and donated to the Smithsonian Institute on May 31, 1948, c/o Paul E. Garber, Curator."
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Fokker F.VIIB-3m "Southern Cross" (Kingsford-Smith) Route Map
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Events, Transpacific Flights; Fokker C-2, Military, "Bird of Paradise"; Hegenberger, Albert Francis. [photograph]

Photographer:
United States Army Air Corps
Type:
Photographs
Records
Date:
6/9/1927
Topic:
Aeronautics
Air pilots
Airplanes
Local number:
NASM-3946
Summary:
Informal view of Albert Hegenberger sighting through navigation instruments on the Fokker C-2, Military, "Bird of Paradise" (A/C No. P-463), June 9, 1927.
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Albert F. Hegenberger Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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The flight of the Southern Cross, by C.E. Kingsford-Smith and C.T.P. Ulm, with a foreword by His Excellency, the Right Honorable Lord Stonehaven ..

Author:
Kingsford-Smith, Charles Edward Sir 1897-1935
Ulm, Charles Thomas Phillippe 1897-1934
Physical description:
xii, 295 p. illus., map. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1929
Topic:
Aeronautics--Flights
Call number:
TL721.K5 A3 1929r
Notes:
Australian edition (Sydney, Penlington & Somerville) has title: Story of "Southern Cross" trans-Pacific flight, 1928
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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The flight of the Southern Cross, by C.E. Kingsford-Smith and C.T.P. Ulm, with a foreword by His Excellency, the Right Honorable Lord Stonehaven ..

Author:
Kingsford-Smith, Charles Edward Sir 1897-1935
Ulm, Charles Thomas Phillippe 1897-1934
Physical description:
xii p., 2 l., 295 p. front., illus. (map) plates, ports., 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1929
Topic:
Aeronautics--Flights
Notes:
Australian edition (Sydney, Penlington & Somerville) has title: Story of "Southern Cross" trans-Pacific flight, 1928
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Fokker F.VIIB-3m "Southern Cross" (Kingsford-Smith) Route Map 1928

Creator:
Voortmeyer, William B
Subject:
Kingsford-Smith, Charles
Physical description:
.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Maps
Collection descriptions
Date:
1928
1928-1928
Topic:
Fokker F.VIIB-3m "Southern Cross"
Aeronautics
Transpacific flights
Local number:
XXXX-0908
Notes:
In 1928, Australian aviator Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith and his crew completed the first transpacific flight in the Fokker F.VIIB-3m "Southern Cross." William B. Voortmeyer was a master maritime navigator who had developed many early aerial navigation systems, including a numerical signal code by which ships at sea were able to advise pilots of their position by hoisting numerical flags to indicate the distance to a destination. For the "Southern Cross" flight, Voortmeyer prepared maps along major shipping lanes. The freighters and tankers provided hope of rescue should the Fokker be forced down and also provided important navigational updates
Summary:
This collection consists of the 50.25 by 34 inch route map used by the crew of the Fokker F.VIIB-3m "Southern Cross" in 1928. The map is from the US Department of the Navy, Hydrographic Office, "North Pacific Ocean, Eastern Part," 121st ed., with the route marked by William B. Voortmeyer, and shows his instructions on magnetic declination and expected winds, as well as positions of commercial shipping. The map is signed by Captain W. B. Voortmeyer, May 31, 1928 and there is the following handwritten annotation on the lower right of the map, "Original Flight Map carried on the 'Southern Cross' prepared by me and donated to the Smithsonian Institute on May 31, 1948, c/o Paul E. Garber, Curator."
Cite as:
Fokker F.VIIB-3m "Southern Cross" (Kingsford-Smith) Route Map, Accession XXXX-0908, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Glory gamblers : the story of the Dole Race / by Lesley Forden

Author:
Forden, Lesley
Physical description:
vi, 194 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1986
C1986
Topic:
Transpacific flights--History
Notes:
Errata slip inserted
Includes index
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Intercontinental airmails / by Edward B. Proud

Author:
Proud, Edward Wilfrid Baxby
Physical description:
v. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Atlantic Ocean Region
Pacific Area
Date:
2008
C2008-
Topic:
Air mail service--History
Transatlantic flights
Transpacific flights
Call number:
HE6238 .P96 2008
Contents:
v. 1. Transatlantic and Pacific -- v. 2. Asia and Australasia -- v. 3. Africa
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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My ride on the China Clipper's trans-Pacific flight

Author:
Chang, Luther Y. P
Physical description:
16 p. illus. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1937
Topic:
China Clipper (Airplane)
Aeronautics--Flights
Call number:
TL721.C45 A1
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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No margin for error : the U.S. Navy's transpacific flight of 1925 / Dwight R. Messimer

Author:
Messimer, Dwight R. 1937-
Physical description:
167 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
C1981
Topic:
Transpacific flights
Call number:
TL531 .M37X
Notes:
Includes index
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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North to the Orient / by Anne Morrow Lindbergh ; with maps by Charles A. Lindbergh

Author:
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow 1906-2001
Lindbergh, Charles A (Charles Augustus) 1902-1974
Former owner:
Landauer, Bella Clara 1874- DSI
Subject:
Lindbergh, Charles A (Charles Augustus) 1902-1974
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow 1906-2001
Physical description:
255, [1] p., 1 leaf of plates : ill., maps ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Arctic regions
East Asia
Date:
1935
C1935
Topic:
Transpacific flights
Radio in aeronautics
Call number:
TL540.L49 A3 1935X
Notes:
Final p. blank
"Printed in the United States of America by Quinn & Boden Company, Inc., Rahway, N.J."--T.p. verso
Maps on lining-papers
The story of the flight made by Col. and Mrs. Lindbergh in 1931, from Washington, D.C. to Japan and China
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Pacific air race / Robert H. Scheppler

Author:
Scheppler, Robert H. 1921-
Physical description:
vii, 148 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1988
Topic:
Transpacific flights--History
Notes:
Includes index
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Pan American Boeing 314 American Clipper Preview Flight Scrapbook, 1940

Creator:
Page, Charles R
Subject:
Page, Charles R
Pan American World Airways, Inc
Physical description:
0.10 cubic feet (1 scrapbook)
Type:
Certificates
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Place:
United States
Date:
1940
Topic:
Aeronautics
Air travel
Boeing 314 Clipper Family
Aeronautics, Commercial
Transpacific flights
Local number:
1988-0110
Notes:
Charles R. Page was one of a number of guests invited by Pan American Airways to make the preview flight of Pan American Airways Boeing 314, American Clipper, from San Francisco, California, to Auckland, New Zealand. This preview flight took place from August 24 to September 7, 1940. At the time, Page was president of the Fireman's Fund group of fire and casualty insurance companies
Summary:
This collection consists of a scrapbook continuing the detailed personal account of Page's flight. Page recorded daily his impressions of this flight and then supplemented his writings with photographs, newspaper clippings, certificates, and Pan Am publicity materials. Also included is a copy of Wings to the Orient by James G. Stahlman, which is inscribed to Page
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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