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Ruth Law and Doris Hayes Photograph and Certificate

Creator:
Law, Ruth  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic Feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Certificates
Date:
bulk 1916
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a photograph of aviator Ruth Law and her passenger Doris Hayes sitting in Law's aircraft. There is also a "Certificate of Flight," signed by Law, which certifies that Hayes was her passenger in Seabreeze, Florida, on February 21, 1916.
Biographical / Historical:
Ruth Law (1891-1970) was the first woman to loop the loop, the first person to fly a plane at night and a one-time holder of the Chicago to New York aerial speed record. After World War I, Law was active in the "Ruth Law Flying Circus," a three-plane troupe that traveled to state and county fairs. Her husband, Charles Oliver, persuaded her to retire from flying to "home and hearth" in 1922.
Provenance:
Hugh A. MacLean, Gift, 1996
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
Aeronautical sports  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Certificates
Citation:
Ruth Law and Doris Hayes Photograph and Certificate, Accession 1996-0021, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1996.0021
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1996-0021

Trevor S. Tait Scrapbook

Creator:
Tait, Trevor S.  Search this
Names:
Camp Dick, Dallas, Texas  Search this
Carlstrom Field, Arcadia, Florida  Search this
Dorr Field, Florida  Search this
Love Field, Texas  Search this
Extent:
0.38 Cubic feet ((1 flatbox))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Certificates
Clippings
Aerial Photographs
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Date:
1917-1918
Scope and Contents:
This scrapbook consists of photographs of Tait and his fellow cadets, plane maneuvers, gun camera photos, and newspaper clippings. Included in the collection but separate from the scrapbook are pages from a memoranda/address book, a brief memoir written by Tait in the early 1980s, and several official army certificates such as his training diplomas and his honorable discharge certificate. There is also a large comical watercolor of a pilot in a plane entitled the "Spirit of 1918" and signed at the bottom by 31 people.
Biographical / Historical:
During the summer of 1917, Trevor S. Tait postponed his studies at Yale University in order to volunteer for service with the new branch of the military, the U.S. Air Service. He received his initial pilot training at the newly opened ground school at Cornell University in November 1917. After graduating in February 1918, he was ordered to Camp Dick at Dallas, Texas, and then Love Field, also near Dallas. In October, 1918, he was commissioned, given pursuit classification, and ordered to Carlstrom Field at Arcadia, Florida. After graduating as a pursuit pilot in November, 1918, he was sent to Dorr Field, near Arcadia, for aerial gunnery training. Upon graduation, World War I having already ended, he was provided with an emergency discharge so that he could begin his freshman year at Yale.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Kevin S. Tait, Gift, 2001, 2001-0040, 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:
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Fighter pilots  Search this
Aerial gunnery  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Flight training  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Certificates
Clippings
Aerial Photographs
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
NASM.2001.0040
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2001-0040

Lieutenant Harold G. Peterson Scrapbook

Creator:
Peterson, Harold George  Search this
Names:
Ellington Field, Texas  Search this
Harold G. Peterson Aircraft Company  Search this
United States. Army. Air Service. 50th Observation Squadron  Search this
Davis, Paul  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Cubic feet ((1 flatbox))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Clippings
Ephemera
Certificates
Date:
1917-1942
bulk 1917-1920
Scope and Contents:
This collection is a 200 page scrapbook, filled with about 800 photographs, plus certificates, newspaper clippings about his exploits, and other miscellaneous ephemera. The photographs include shots of Curtiss JN-4s on the ground, and air-to-air shots in formation, as well as other WWI era airplanes, both American and European, including a shot of the Albatross DVa 'Stropp.' Other photographs feature aerial shots of Paris, Mexico, and Hawaii, as well as a few engine photographs.
Biographical / Historical:
Harold George Peterson was a prominent aviator of his time. Peterson was a squadron officer for the 50th Observation Squadron at Ellington Field, Houston, Texas during World War I. He went on to start an aviation field and pilot school, 'The Harold G. Peterson Aircraft Company,' located at White Bear, MN. He is most famous, however, for being forced to land at Folimir, Mexico on August 10, 1917. There, Lt. Peterson and his passenger, Paul Davis, were captured by a band of roving bandits and held for a {dollar}15,000 ransom, which was to be paid by the U.S. Government. Peterson escaped across the boarder after a ransom of only {dollar}7,500 was paid.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Charles Apfelbaum, Purchase, 1989, 1989-0127, NASM
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, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Curtiss JN-4 Jenny Family  Search this
Albatros D.Va (L24)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Clippings
Ephemera
Certificates
Identifier:
NASM.1989.0127
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1989-0127

Albert Willibarld Seypelt Collection

Creator:
Seypelt, Albert Willibald, -1966  Search this
Names:
Fitzmaurice, James C., 1898-  Search this
Kern, George William  Search this
Seypelt, Albert Willibald, -1966  Search this
von Huenefeld, Guenther  Search this
Extent:
0.9 Cubic feet ((2 legal document boxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Certificates
Motion pictures (visual works)
Photographs
Clippings
Correspondence
Date:
1892-1941
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and motion picture film documenting the Seypelt-Kern flight. The material also includes Seypelt's aviation licenses and certificates, as well as photographs documenting his enlistment in the German army during World War I. The collection also contains material on the first westward transatlantic flight (1928), from Ireland to Labrador by 'Bremen', a Junkers W-33 monoplane piloted by Hermann Koehl, Baron Guenther von Huenefeld, and James Fitzmaurice.
Arrangement:
Arrangement: 1)Correspondence 2)Newspaper clippings on the flight of the Yankee Doodle 3)Aviation certificates, licenses, and other memorabilia 4)Photographs 5)Clippings and photographs on the flight of the Bremen
Biographical / Historical:
On October 21, 1927, Albert Willibald Seypelt (d.1966) and George William Kern began a tour of Europe in a lightweight Klemm-Daimler L-20 dubbed the 'Yankee Doodle.' Leaving from Stuttgart, Germany, the duo travelled over 6,000 miles visiting Belgium, France, Italy and Austria before returing to Stuttgart on January 20, 1928.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Gisela S. Enchelmayer, Gift, 1985, 1985-0011, NASM
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:
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Klemm L-20 "Yankee Doodle"  Search this
Junkers W 33 Family  Search this
Junkers W 33b "Bremen"  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics -- Records  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Transatlantic flights  Search this
Genre/Form:
Certificates
Motion pictures (visual works)
Photographs
Clippings
Correspondence
Identifier:
NASM.1985.0011
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1985-0011

Charles Lindbergh Mil-Hi Airways and Flying Circus Collection

Names:
Mil-Hi Airways and Flying Circus  Search this
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic Feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographic prints
Certificates
Date:
bulk 1925
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of one eight by ten inch black and white photograph of Charles Lindbergh in the Mil-Hi Airways Lincoln (Aircraft) Standard J-1; a small certificate agreement between The Mil-Hi Airways and Flying Circus of Denver, Colorado, and W.P. Johnson, stating that Johnson flew in an aircraft on 9/5/1925 with Charles Lindbergh; a blurb written by W. E. Branford, Manager of the Northern District of The Texas Company stating how Lindbergh used Texaco exclusively; and an article from the Arkansas Valley Journal, recounting Lindbergh flying at the Big Arkansas Valley Fair, September 1, 1925.
Biographical / Historical:
In the summer of 1925, Charles Lindbergh accepted a job offer to fly for the Mil-Hi Airways and Flying Circus in Denver, Colorado for 400 dollars a month. During that summer, Lindbergh traveled around eastern Colorado, flying and performing at various fairs and celebrations. In October of 1925, Lindbergh left barnstorming with Mil-Hi Airways and joined the airmail service.
Provenance:
Mark Gordon Sugarman, Gift, 2010
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
Aeronautics -- Exhibitions  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Certificates
Citation:
Charles Lindbergh Mil-Hi Airways and Flying Circus Collection, Accession 2010-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2010.0014
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2010-0014

Franciszek Jarecki MiG-15 Flight Collection

Creator:
Jarecki, Franciszek, 1931-  Search this
Names:
Jarecki Corporation  Search this
Poland. Polskie Siły Powietrzne  Search this
Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993  Search this
Gabreski, Francis  Search this
Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953  Search this
Extent:
0.23 Cubic Feet ((1 box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Certificates
Clippings
Photographs
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of one Polish Air Force pilot's certificate; one pilot grade certificate; one copy of LIFE Magazine, dated April 6, 1953, featuring an article by Jarecki on his flight; on copy of This Week Magazine for August 23, 1953, with Jarecki's flight as cover story; one photocopied article from the Erie Daily Times, September 30, 1985; one photograph of a meeting of businessmen in the White House's Oval Office that includes Jarecki; one photograph of Frank Jarecki, Francis S. Gabreski, and James H. Doolittle; and the front page of the New York Times, dated March 6, 1953, matted on cardboard.
Biographical / Historical:
Franciszek (Frank) Jarecki graduated from the Polish Air Force College at Deblin, Poland, in 1952 and in September of that year was transferred to the 10th Fighter Regiment based at Stolp. On March 5, 1953, on the day of Joseph Stalin's death, Jarecki flew his Mikoyan & Gurevich MiG-15 from the Polish air base to land at Roenne airport in Bornholm, Denmark, to seek political asylum in the United States. It was the first intact MiG-15 to reach the West. Franciszek Jarecki studied English at Alliance College in Pennsylvania, opened his own machine shop and then went on to establish Jarecki Industries and acquire several other businesses.
Provenance:
Franciszek Jarecki, Gift, 2002
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:
Cold War  Search this
MIG (Fighter planes)  Search this
MiG MiG -15  Search this
Asylum, Right of  Search this
Genre/Form:
Certificates
Clippings
Photographs
Citation:
Franciszek Jarecki MiG-15 Flight Collection, Acc. 2002-0022, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2002.0022
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2002-0022

Glenn L. Martin Scrapbook and Certificates Collection

Creator:
Institute of Aeronautical Sciences  Search this
Names:
Wright-Martin Aircraft Co  Search this
Martin, Glenn L., 1886-1955  Search this
Extent:
1.82 Cubic Feet ((2 flatboxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Certificates
Scrapbooks
Clippings
Photographs
Date:
1910-1920
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of one large format scrapbook of photographic-quality photocopies of clippings relating to the life and career of Glenn L. Martin presented to him by the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences. Also included are 30 certificates and two oversized photographs: a signed photo of G.C. Marshall and one featuring a group of 22 men on the wing of a Martin JRM Mars.
Biographical / Historical:
Glenn L. Martin (1886-1955) was an early aviator and aircraft designer. Beginning in 1910, he quickly broke many flight records and designed and manufactured aircraft for both governments and private individuals. In 1916, he formed Wright-Martin Aircraft Aircraft Co., which included ownership of the Simplex Automobile Co. Moving his aircraft from Los Angeles to Cleveland, he continued to design and manufacture aircraft. Later, he moved his plant to the Baltimore area, where maintained the largest privately owned aircraft business in the world.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Delia Martin, gift, unknown, XXXX-0018, 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:
Martin JRM Mars Family  Search this
Aircraft industry -- United States  Search this
Aircraft industry  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Certificates
Scrapbooks
Clippings
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0018
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0018

Pan American Boeing 314 American Clipper Preview Flight Scrapbook

Creator:
Page, Charles R.  Search this
Names:
Pan American World Airways, Inc.  Search this
Page, Charles R.  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Cubic Feet ((1 scrapbook))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Certificates
Clippings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Date:
1940
Scope and Contents:
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.
Biographical / Historical:
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.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Charles Page, Gift, 1988, 1988-0110, not NASM
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 travel  Search this
Boeing 314 Clipper Family  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Transpacific flights  Search this
Genre/Form:
Certificates
Clippings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
NASM.1988.0110
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1988-0110

Aline Rhonie Papers

Creator:
Rhonie (Hofheimer), Aline  Search this
Names:
Aero Club of France  Search this
Roosevelt Field (N.Y.)  Search this
Extent:
2 Cubic feet ((4 boxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Certificates
Correspondence
Publications
Date:
bulk 1920s-1990s
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 2 cubic feet of material relating to Aline Rhonie's aviation and art exploits, including her famous aviation mural, "The Pre-Lindbergh Era of Flying on Long Island", which was located in Hangar F at Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York. There is also much material relating to Rhonie's war efforts, including material relating to her flight tour as the Aero Club of France's American representative to raise money for Allied aviators in France. The types of material included are photographs, correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, certificates, and telegrams.
Biographical / Historical:
Aline Rhonie Hofheimer Brooks (1909 -1963) was a pioneer aviator and artist. Born in 1909 in York, Pennsylvania, to Arthur and Helen Milius Hofheimer, she grew up in the family's luxurious country estate in Washington Valley, New Jersey. She was an accomplished horsewoman and attended the Dalton School in New York City. After her divorce from first husband L. Richard Bamberger, Aline changed her name to Aline Rhonie, taking her middle name as her surname. She earned her pilot's license in 1930 after flight training with Frank Cochran in Reno, Nevada and James H. Collins at Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, and obtained her transport license in late 1931. Rhonie helped found the Luscombe Airplane Co. in Kansas City, Missouri in 1933. Also in 1933, Rhonie married Reginald Langhorne "Peter" Brooks (they later divorced) and they took off on an aerial honeymoon, each piloting their own plane. As part of this trip, Rhonie flew solo from New York to Mexico City and back, the first woman to do so. As a pilot she flew over 4,000 solo hours. Rhonie earned her English pilot's license in 1936 and became the first American to obtain an Irish commercial pilot's license in 1938. Rhonie was active in the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) before going to Europe from November 1938 to April 1940, where she flew for the British War Relief Society, drove an ambulance for the French Section Sanitaire Automobile behind the Maginot Line, and was also active in the Women's Voluntary Service in England. Upon her return to the United States, Rhonie flew her own plane on a tour as the American representative of the Aero Club of France to raise money to build canteens for Allied aviators in France as well as lecturing extensively on aviation-related issues, drawing from her experiences in Europe. Rhonie was also an accomplished artist who studied with John Sloan and Diego Rivera, from whom she learned mural painting. From 1934 to 1938, Rhonie created a very large fresco mural on a wall in Hangar F at Roosevelt Field. All the research and painting for the mural, entitled "The Pre-Lindbergh Era of Flying on Long Island," was done by Rhonie herself and the mural includes depictions of the many famous flyers including the Wright Brothers; Glenn Hammond Curtiss; Earle L. "Ovie" Ovington; Edward Anderson "Eddie" Stinson; Oakley G. Kelly; John A. MacReady; and Charles Augustus Lindbergh; as well as scenes relating to many aspects of aviation including aircraft production, World War I, barnstorming, and airmail. Aline Rhonie died in 1963.
Provenance:
Carol Roberts, Gift, 2014
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:
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Certificates
Correspondence
Publications
Citation:
Aline Rhonie Papers, Accession 2014-0043, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2014.0043
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2014-0043
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Robert S. Sanford Collection

Creator:
Sanford, Robert S., 1897-1981  Search this
Names:
United States. Army. Air Service. 2d Pursuit Group. 139th Aero Squadron  Search this
United States. Bureau of Mines  Search this
Extent:
0.55 Cubic feet ((1 box, 1 folder in oversized box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Diaries
Photographs
Negatives
Certificates
Calendars
Place:
Alaska
Date:
bulk 1917-1970
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of material relating to both Robert Sanford's World War I service and his work in Alaska with the US Bureau of Mines. The material relating to his service with the 139th Aero Squadron includes the following: a series of over 100 letters from Sanford to his family from 1917-1919, chronicling his entry into the military, training stateside, his overseas deployment and service in the Toul sector; nine photographs of Sanford in uniform or of aircraft in France; a May 4, 1918 copy of Plane News; and a small brown diary with entries written by Sanford from 1917 to 1918. The material relating to his work with the United States Bureau of Mines includes the following: two brown notebooks containing Sanford's notes on his work in Alaska, including flying information; one notebook containing photographs of Alaska, mostly of hunting and fishing; a few letters from Sanford in Alaska to his family; negatives from Alaska; newspaper articles about Sanford's contributions to finding the Alaskan oil fields; a certificate given to Sanford for crossing the Arctic Circle as a passenger of Wien Alaska Airlines in 1945; and a 1947 Wien Alaska Airlines, Inc. calendar.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert S. Sanford (1897-1981) served as an airplane mechanic for the 139th Aero Squadron during World War I. The 139th was assigned to the First Army on June 12, 1918 and engaged in the Toul Sector. They ceased operations on December 11, 1918. After the war, Sanford was employed by various private mining companies in South America, Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon, Canada and Oklahoma. He joined the US Bureau of Mines in 1940, and in 1943 was the district engineer in charge of the mineral development program in Alaska. While there, he found large oil areas on the Arctic slope. In the early 1950s, Sanford served with the State Department, on loan from the Bureau of Mines, as a mining consultant to Afghanistan, India, and Nepal. He resigned from the Bureau of Mines in 1966.
Provenance:
Bonnie Gitlin, Gift, 2004-0063
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:
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Mining  Search this
Oil wells -- United States  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American -- France  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Diaries
Photographs
Negatives
Certificates
Calendars
Citation:
Robert S. Sanford Collection, Accession 2004-0063, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2004.0063
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2004-0063

Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection

Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Names:
Early Birds of Aviation (Organization).  Search this
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Extent:
1.5 Cubic feet (4 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Correspondence
Certificates
Date:
1905-1940
bulk 1917-1920
Summary:
TThis collection includes contains certificates, flight reports, correspondence and photographs relating to Thomas DeWitt Milling as a key role in the early years of aviation.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains certificates, flight reports, correspondence and photographs. Also included with the correspondence is a certificate of his appointment to West Point as well as various promotions to lieutenant, captain, major, and brigadier general. There is also a Wright Company flying report on Millings' training, a certificate for election into the Early Birds and a picture of him in dress uniform.
Arrangement note:
Container List: Series I: Personal; Series II: Career; Series III: Reports and manuscripts; Series IV: Oversized materials
Biographical/Historical note:
Thomas DeWitt Milling contributed mightily to the American heritage of flight. Possessor of the Aero Club of America's License 30, Expert Aviator License 3 and numerous awards and honors, Milling became a key figure in the early years of aviation. His illustrious career in both civil and military spheres garnered widespread acclaim.

Milling was born on July 31, 1887 to Judge Robert E. Milling and Ida Roberts in Winnfield, Louisiana. He attended public schools in Franklin, Louisiana and metamorphosed there from a timid child to a bold young man. Deciding on a military career, he entered the United States Military Academy in 1905.

After graduation from West Point, Milling entered the Fifteenth Cavalry and was posted to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. A year of overseeing the commissary there proved uninspiring and he was surprised and delighted when transferred to the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps. In 1911, both Milling and another young lieutenant, H.H. "Hap" Arnold, were sent to receive flying instruction at the Wright Brothers' Flying School in Dayton, Ohio. The two qualified for their Aero Club of America pilot certificates on the same day, July 6, 1911. It would be an association that would last for many years. Arnold and Milling became the army's first two regular pilots and served together in varied posts involving flight instruction and military testing.

Only a few months after learning to fly, Milling was to achieve acclaim by winning the Tri-State Biplane Race, flying from Boston to Nashua, New Hampshire to Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island back to Boston, a total of 175 miles. At the time, this constituted the longest cross-country race of its kind in the country. Milling flew it in a Wright biplane, without the use of a compass. It was his first night flight and its dramatic finish was accomplished with the help of several large bonfires to provide guidance. Milling won several other contests that day, against a field of experienced fliers.

At an autumn 1911 meet on Long Island, Milling again proved his skill and daring in several events. It was here that he carried two passengers to establish a new endurance record.

The next year found Milling at Fort Riley, Kansas, conducting research for the Army on aerial machine gun fire, bomb dropping and artillery fire observation.

In 1913, the Army's handful of planes were transferred to Texas City, near the Mexican border. While posted there, Milling set another record for an endurance flight with a passenger (Lieutenant W.C. Sherman of the Corps of Engineers). The nonstop flight from Texas City to San Antonio was made with a Burgess-Wright tractor biplane equipped with a 70 hp Renault engine. During the four hours and twenty-two minutes aloft, Sherman was able to make the first military map ever drawn from an airplane, measuring 15 feet long. Speaking later of the Texas City trip, Milling's commanding officer, Major General W.H. Carter, hailed Milling as "one of the foremost aviators of the world."

In addition to the above mentioned accomplishments, Milling was instrumental in the field of flight instruction, helping to establish the first Army aviation school in College Park, Maryland in 1911 and other schools across the country. The years prior to America's entry into World War One also saw Milling commanding a detachment on the Mexican border, whose mission included surveillance and the pursuit of Pancho Villa.

During the First World War, Milling began as Chief of Air Service Training, American Expeditionary Forces. By 1919, he was Chief of the Air Service, First Army.

Milling retired in 1933 due to ill health but was recalled to service in 1942 and retired again in 1946. He was later awarded the rank of Brigadier General.

Before his death on November 26, 1960, Milling received, among other honors, America's Distinguished Service Medal, France's Legion of Honor and Belgium's Order of Leopold by Belgium. Milling was also a member of the Early Birds, a celebrated group of fliers who soloed before December 17, 1916.
Provenance:
Mrs. Thomas Milling, gift, unknown year, NASM.XXXX.0133.
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
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Correspondence
Certificates
Citation:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0133
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133
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Najeeb E. Halaby Collection

Creator:
Halaby, Najeeb E., 1915-  Search this
Names:
Federal Aviation Administration  Search this
Pan American World Airways, Inc.  Search this
Extent:
10.43t Cubic Feet ((18 box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Articles
Correspondence
Certificates
Scrapbooks
Videotapes
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of newspaper clippings, video tapes, photographs, scrapbooks, speeches, correspondence, and certificates relating to the aviation career of Najeeb Halaby.
Biographical / Historical:
Najeeb E. Halaby (1915-2003), born to a Lebanese-Syrian father and a American mother, made his first flight in at Mines Field in 1932. Halaby went on to study at Stanford (degree granted in Political Science in 1937) and at Yale (law degree in 1940). During World War II, Halaby worked as a US Navy test pilot, and he flew the first operational American jet plane. In 1945, Halaby become the first person to make a nonstop, transcontinental jet flight. After the war, Halaby worked for the Office of Research and Intelligence under President Harry Truman and served as deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs for the Eisenhower administration. In the late 1950s, Halaby campaigned for John F. Kennedy, who appointment him head of the Federal Aviation Administration in 1961. During his four years with the FAA, he oversaw the modernization of the American air traffic control system, introduced security measures at airports to prevent skyjacking and desegregated all American air terminals. He joined Pan Am as a senior vice-president in 1965, becoming the chairman in 1970. His tenure at Pan Am was stormy and ended in his enforced resignation in 1973, after the most disastrous financial run in the airline's history and with the company's workforce demoralized. After leaving Pan Am, Halaby was invited to Jordan, where he met with King Hussein and helped to create an Arab Air Academy. Halaby's daughter, Lisa, married King Hussein in 1978. After his retirement, Halaby served on various public and charitable institutions and he carried on flying into his eighties.
Provenance:
Najeeb E. Halaby, gift, 2003
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:
Photographs  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics -- Law and legislation  Search this
Genre/Form:
Articles
Correspondence
Certificates
Scrapbooks
Videotapes
Citation:
Najeeb E. Halaby Collection, Acc. 2004-0004, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2004.0004
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2004-0004

Edwin C. Parsons Scrapbooks

Creator:
Parsons, Edwin C, 1892-1968  Search this
Names:
France. Armée. Escadrille Lafayette  Search this
Extent:
0.66 Cubic feet (1 flatbox)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Memoirs
Photographs
Certificates
Scrapbooks
Date:
1914-1924
bulk 1915-1820
Summary:
This collection contains three scrapbooks and four certificates relating to Edwin C. Parsons' aviation career.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains three scrapbooks and four certificates relating to Edwin C. Parsons' aviation career. The three scrapbooks include photos, news clippings, and mementos from Edwin C. Parsons' expatriate years, 1914-1924. Included in the albums are photos of Parsons' service in France with the Lafayette Escadrille and Les Cigognes squadron, his repatriation certificate, French military citations, and his memoir Fighting Men of the Sky, published in 40 installments weekly beginning 24 March 1918. Also included are news clippings of Parsons' exploits during his varied career.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged by type of material; the scrapbooks are in original order and the loose items are housed at the end of the collection.
Biographical / Historical:
Rear Admiral Edwin C. Parsons (1892-1968) had a varied aviation career, serving in two World Wars. Parsons graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1910 and after attending the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to California where he learned to fly at Dominguez Field. Parsons was commissioned with the Mexican Aviation Corps in 1914 where he trained Pancho Villa's pilots. In 1915, he worked his way to Europe where he joined the Lafayette Escadrille, and was credited with eight kills, making him an ace. From 1920 until 1923, Parsons was a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He then went to Hollywood where he became a script writer and technical advisor, working on such films as Wings, Dawn Patrol, and The Great Adventure. In 1934 he joined the Naval Reserve where he advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral. During World War II Parsons served on an aircraft carrier and took part in amphibious landings in the South Pacific. He retired from the service in 1954.
Provenance:
Adm. Edwin C. Parsons, Gift, unknown, NASM.XXXX.0308
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
World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Memoirs
Photographs
Certificates
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Edwin C. Parsons Scrapbooks, NASM.XXXX.0308, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0308
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Edwin C. Parsons Scrapbooks
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0308
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