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Baldwin (Thomas) Red Devil Glass Plate Negative

Names:
Baldwin, Thomas Scott  Search this
Smith, Elinor.  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Glass plate negatives
Date:
circa 1928-1931
Summary:
This collection consists of one damaged glass plate negative of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Baldwin (Thomas) Red Devil when it was part of the collection of the Roosevelt Field Museum, circa 1929-1931. This three-quarter right front view of the Red Devil shows aviator Elinor Smith seated at the controls.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of one damaged glass plate negative of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Baldwin (Thomas) Red Devil when it was part of the collection of the Roosevelt Field Museum, circa 1929-1931. This three-quarter right front view of the Red Devil shows aviator Elinor Smith seated at the controls.
Biographical / Historical:
After making a reputation with lighter-than-air craft, Thomas Scott Baldwin turned to heavier-than-air flying machines in 1909. By 1911 he had built several airplanes and had gained extensive experience as an exhibition pilot. He began testing a new airplane in the spring of 1911. It was similar to the basic Curtiss pusher design that was becoming quite popular with builders by this time, but it was innovative in that it was constructed of steel tubing. It was powered by a 60-horsepower Hall-Scott V-8. Baldwin called his new machine the Red Devil III, and thereafter each of his airplanes would be known as a Baldwin Red Devil. Baldwin built approximately six Red Devils. Most were powered by the Hall-Scott, but Curtiss engines were also occasionally used. By mid-1911, Baldwin was training pilots, taking up passengers, and performing regularly with Red Devil aircraft at air meets. He advertised Red Devils for sale into 1913.
Provenance:
Joshua Stoff / Cradle of Aviation Museum, Gift, 2010, NASM.2010.0031.
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:
Baldwin (Thomas) Red Devil  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Glass plate negatives
Citation:
Baldwin (Thomas) Red Devil Glass Plate Negative, Acc. NASM.2010.0031, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2010.0031
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2010-0031
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