This collection consists of 18 images evidently copied from Tower's personal scrapbook which was loaned to the National Air Museum at some point. The images show equipment, aircraft, and personnel of the United States Air Service during World War I. The images include shots from the following bases: Chanute Field, Illinois; Hazelhurst Field, New York; and Roosevelt Field, New York. Aircraft include: Curtiss JN-4D Jenny; Curtiss JN-4HG Hisso Jenny; LWF V-3; and Standard (NJ) JR-1B. There are also a few images of a Christofferson 1912 Seaplane on a beach near San Francisco, California in 1915.
Biographical / Historical:
Roderick Tower (1892-1961) was the son of Charlemagne Tower, Jr., an United States Ambassador to Russia and Germany. He was a World War I aviator who trained with Quentin Roosevelt at Mineola Air Field on Long Island, New York. After the war, Tower was briefly married to Flora Payne Whitney, who had been engaged to Quentin Roosevelt before World War I. Tower was later both a stock and oil broker.