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Thomas Towle Ford Tri-Motor Collection

Creator:
Towle, Thomas, 1887-  Search this
Names:
Ford Motor Company. Airplane Division  Search this
Island Airways  Search this
Towle, Thomas, 1887-  Search this
Extent:
1.09 Cubic feet ((1 records center box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Blueprints
Reports
Drawings
Photographs
Pamphlets
Clippings
Date:
1921-1967
bulk 1925-1926
bulk 1953-1967
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of material gathered by Towle to support his claim as the designer of the Ford Tri-Motor. The material consists of the following: newspaper and magazine articles; pamphlets; photographs pertaining to the history of the aircraft and its role in early air transportation; drawings; early flight test reports; technical notes relating to early Tri-Motor models; a short autobiography and resumeof Towle; and assorted postcards, stamps, articles, and so forth relating to Island Airways, an airline still flying Ford Tri-Motors
Biographical / Historical:
Thomas Towle (1897- ) was a mechanical engineer and main designer of the Ford Tri-Motor. Following graduation from Yale University (1920) Towle worked as an engineer for a number of aircraft companies, including Dayton-Wright (1921-22), Martin (1922-23), Aeromarine (1923-24), and Stout Metal Airplane Co (1924-25) before joining Ford Motor Company's Airplane Division (1925-27). While at Ford, Towle designed a three-motored aircraft to replace the Stout 'Air Pullman:, the rights to which Ford purchased with Stout in 1925. Towle left Ford in 1927 to form his own company, Towle Marine Aircraft (1927) and Towle Aircraft Company (1928-32). In 1933 Towle joined Monocoupe and later moved to Lambert Aircraft (1933-35) before leaving the aircraft industry.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Tom Towle, Gift, unknown, XXXX-0102, 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:
Ford Tri-Motor Family  Search this
Airlines  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:
Blueprints
Reports
Drawings
Photographs
Pamphlets
Clippings
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0102
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0102

Jean Warren (J. W.) Seele Aircraft Photography Collection

Topic:
Jane's all the world's aircraft
Creator:
Seele, Jean W. (Jean Warren), 1924-1993  Search this
Names:
Aero Commander (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Aeronca (Aeronautical Corp of America)  Search this
Arrow Aircraft & Motors Corp  Search this
Beech Aircraft Corp  Search this
Bell Aircraft Corporation  Search this
Bellanca Aircraft Corporation  Search this
Boeing Company  Search this
Bucker (Bucker Flugzeugbau GmbH)  Search this
Callair (Call Aircraft Co)  Search this
Cessna  Search this
Consolidated Aircraft Corp  Search this
Convair (Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp)  Search this
Dassault (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Douglas Aircraft Corp  Search this
Erco (Engineering and Research Corporation)  Search this
Experimental Aircraft Association  Search this
Fairchild Aircraft Corp  Search this
Fleet Aircraft Ltd.  Search this
Ford Motor Company. Airplane Division  Search this
Goodyear Aircraft Corp  Search this
Great Lakes Aircraft Corp  Search this
Grumman Aerospace Corporation  Search this
Hawker Siddeley (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Heinkel (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Jodel (Societe des Avions Jodel)  Search this
Junkers (Junkers Flugzeug Werke AG)  Search this
Lawson Aircraft Corp  Search this
Lawson Airplane Co.  Search this
Lockheed Aircraft Corp  Search this
National Antique Airplane Association  Search this
Pazmany Aircraft Corp (Ladislao Pazmany)  Search this
Piaggio (Industrie Aeronautiche e Meccaniche Rinaldo Piaggio SpA)  Search this
Piper Aircraft Corp.  Search this
Pitcairn (Pitcairn-Cierva)  Search this
Pitts Aviation Enterprises, Inc.  Search this
Porterfield Aircraft Corp  Search this
Republic  Search this
Saab (Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget AB)  Search this
Sikorsky (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Stearman Aircraft Co.  Search this
Stinson (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Swearingen Aircraft  Search this
Vickers (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Vought (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Waco Aircraft Company  Search this
de Havilland Aircraft Company, Ltd.  Search this
Hughes Aircraft Co  Search this
Seele, Jean W. (Jean Warren), 1924-1993  Search this
Extent:
12.11 Cubic feet ((1 shoebox) (7 slide and card cabinets))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Color slides
Color negatives
Black-and-white negatives
Photographs
Date:
[ca. 1950s-1970s]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately 6000 color slides and over 2000 negatives/prints (a mixture of color and black and white) of civil and military aircraft taken by Seele, circa 1950s-1970s. The shots were taken in the United States, specifically in the Midwest. Aircraft from the following manufacturers are represented: Aero Commander, Arrow, Aeronca, Beechcraft, Bell, Bellanca, Boeing, Bristol, Bucker, Callair, Cessna, Consolidated, Convair, Curtiss, Dassault, de Havilland, Davis, Dart, Douglas, ERCO, Fairchild, Fleet, Ford, Goodyear, Great Lakes, Grumman, Howard, Hawker Siddeley, Hughes, Heinkel, Jodel, Junkers, Lockheed, Ling-Temco-Vought, Lawson, Parsons, Pitts, Pitcarin, Piper, Pazmany, Piaggo, Porterfield, Republic, SAAB, Sikorsky, Stampe, Stearman, Stinson, Swearingen, Taylor, Vickers, and Waco. In June of 2001 the Smitihsonian's Museum of American History transferred an additional shoebox of Seele photography that had been sent directly to them from the widow. This color images included balloon events as well as aircraft shots. The ballooning images are color prints taken mostly around Topeka, Kansas, while the aircraft images are color transparencies of aircraft taken, again, mostly around Topeka.
Biographical / Historical:
Jean Warren (J. W.) Seele (1924-1993) was born in Topeka, Kansas, and spent almost his entire life there. After his graduation from Topeka High School he was enrolled for about one and a half years at the Spartan School of Aeronautics, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Although he worked for a few years at Bendix Aviation Corp, Kansas City Division during the 1950s, most of his professional career was spent as an engineering technician for the Kansas Department of Transportation. While he was not directly employed in the aviation field, Seele's hobby was photographing aircraft. Over a twenty year period, Seele photographed aircraft and at various times he was the official photographer for the National Antique Airplane Association, and for the annual fly-in sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association at Rockford, Illinois. Seele's photographs often appeared in the publications of both organizations, and several of this photographs also appeared in Jane's All the World's Aircraft during the 1970s.
General:
Additional materials: photographs taken by Seele of the Kansas countryside, including many of threshing demonstrations, were transferred to the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History.
NASMrev
Provenance:
Charline Seele, Gift, 2000, 2000-0057, NASM, except for images not taken by Seele.
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, Commercial  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Balloons  Search this
Photography  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Color negatives
Black-and-white negatives
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.2000.0057
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2000-0057

Roosevelt Field Photograph Collection

Creator:
Czajkowski, John  Search this
Names:
Abrams Aircraft Corp  Search this
Aeronca (Aeronautical Corp of America)  Search this
Alco (Allison Airplane Co)  Search this
American Eagle Aircraft Corp  Search this
Avro (A. V. Roe & Co Ltd)  Search this
Babcock, Verne Clifton "Bab" (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Barkley-Grow Aircraft  Search this
Bellanca Aircraft Corporation  Search this
Bleriot  Search this
Boeing Company  Search this
Bucker (Bucker Flugzeugbau GmbH)  Search this
Buhl (Buhl-Verville Aircraft Co, Buhl Aircraft Co)  Search this
Bushey-McGrew  Search this
Cairns Aircraft  Search this
Crosby, Harry (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
Delgado (Isaac) Central Trades School  Search this
Douglas Aircraft Corp  Search this
Fairchild Aircraft Corp  Search this
Fleet Aircraft Ltd.  Search this
Fleetwings  Search this
Folkerts, Clayton (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Ford Motor Company. Airplane Division  Search this
Glenn L. Martin Company  Search this
Granville Brothers Aircraft Inc (Gee Bee)  Search this
Great Lakes Aircraft Corp  Search this
Grumman Aerospace Corporation  Search this
Heath Aircraft Corp (Heath Airplane Co)  Search this
Keith Rider (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Kellet Autogiro Corp  Search this
Keystone Aircraft Corp  Search this
Kinner Airplane and Motor Co.  Search this
Laird (E. M. Laird Airplane Co)(Emil Matthew "Matty" Laird)  Search this
Light Aero, Inc.  Search this
Lockheed Aircraft Corp  Search this
Luscombe Manufacturing Corp  Search this
Miles Aircraft Limited  Search this
Miller, Howell W. (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
North American Aviation, Inc.  Search this
Northrop Corp  Search this
Pearson-Williams (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Roosevelt Field (N.Y.)  Search this
Ryan Aeronautical Company  Search this
SPAD  Search this
Seversky (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Stinson (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Taubman Aircraft Co.  Search this
Taylor (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Taylor Brothers (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Taylor-Young (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Taylorcraft (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Thomas-Morse Aircraft Corp  Search this
Travel Air Manufacturing Co.  Search this
Vought (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Waco Aircraft Company  Search this
Wedell-Williams Air Service Corp  Search this
de Havilland Aircraft Company, Ltd.  Search this
Czajkowski, John  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet ((1 flatbox))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
[ca. 1930s]
Summary:
This collection consists of 202 black and white snapshots of aircraft at Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York, during the 1930s.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 202 black and white snapshots of aircraft at Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York, during the 1930s. These images were taken by John Czajkowski and include aircraft from the following manufacturers: Abrams; Aeronca, Alco, American Eagle, Avro, Barkley-Grow, Bellanca, Berliner, Bleriot, Boeing, Bucker, Buhl, Bushey McGrew, Cairns, Chambers, Chester, Continental, Crosby, Curtiss, de Havilland, Delgado, Douglas, Fairchild, Fleet, Fleetwing, Folkerts, Ford, Fox, Franklin, Great Lakes, Grumman, Gee Bee, Hall, Heath, Hawks, Howard, Keith Rider, Kellet, Keystone, Kinner, Laird, Light, Lockheed, Luscombe, Marcoux-Bromberg, Martin, McKeen, Miles, Miller, Northrop, North American, Pearson Williams, Ryan, Seversky, Sikorsky, SPAD, Stinson, Swallow, Taubman, Taylor, Taylorcraft, Thomas-Morse, Travel Air, Turner, Viking, Vought, Waco, and Wedell-Williams. Note: The digital images in this finding aid were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product and may show irregular cropping and orientation in addition to color variations resulting from damage to and deterioration of the original objects.
Arrangement:
The Roosevelt Field Photograph Collection [Czajkowski] is arranged by content type.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Andrew Wrench, Gift, 1999, 1999-0048, 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:
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Roosevelt Field Photograph Collection [Czajkowski], Acc. NASM.1999.0048, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1999.0048
See more items in:
Roosevelt Field Photograph Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1999-0048
Online Media:

Horace E. Weihmiller Collection

Creator:
Weihmiller, Horace E., 1902-1976  Search this
Names:
American Astronautical Society  Search this
Weihmiller, Horace E., 1902-1976  Search this
Extent:
1.04 Linear feet
1.09 Cubic feet (1 records center box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Correspondence
Notes
Reports
Publications
Date:
1957-1963
bulk 1959-1963
Summary:
Horace E. Weihmiller (1902-1963) was a professional aerospace consultant and pilot. During the 1950's he was an active member of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), serving as Vice President, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, Chairman of the New York section, Chairman of the National Affairs Committee and a member of the Scientific Research Committee. This collection consists of correspondence, notes and reports dealing with Weihmiller's activities in the AAS from 1957 thru 1963. 1 cubic foot (3 boxes).
Scope and Content:
This collection consists of correspondence, notes and reports dealing with Weihmiller's activities in the AAS from 1957 thru 1963.
Arrangement:
The materials are arranged in chronological order.
Biographical/Historical note:
Horace E. Weihmiller (1902-1963) was a professional aerospace consultant and pilot. Following his graduation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BSE, 1925) he served briefly in the Army Air Corps (1926), receiving his wings at Brooks Field, Texas. He joined the Travel Air Corp and served as Chief Engineer from 1927 to 1928. Weihmiller then became the President and General Manager of the Corman Aircraft Company from 1928 to 1931. He later joined the Ford Motor Company, Airplane Division as an Aeronautical Engineer from 1931 to 1933. Weihmiller went on to work for the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation from 1933 to 1937 and Vice President from 1937 to 1943. In 1943 he formed a scientific and aircraft consulting service in Washington, D.C. and in 1945 was appointed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to survey the German aircraft industry, receiving the Patriotic Civilian Service Certificate, the Army's highest civilian award. Weihmiller acted as consultant to the Air Policy Commission under President Truman and as administrative assistant to the Director of Science Research at Republic Aviation Corporation. During the 1950's he was an active member of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), serving as Vice President, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, Chairman of the New York section, Chairman of the National Affairs Committee and a member of the Scientific Research Committee.
Provenance:
No donor information., gift, XXXX-0180
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Astronautics  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Correspondence
Notes
Reports
Publications
Citation:
Horace E. Weihmiller Collection, Acc. XXXX-0180, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0180
See more items in:
Horace E. Weihmiller Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0180
Online Media:

The saga of the Tin Goose : the story of the Ford Trimotor / David A. Weiss

Author:
Weiss, David 1909-2002  Search this
Subject:
Ford Motor Company Airplane Division  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 284 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Ford Three-engined Monoplane (Transport plane)  Search this
Transport planes--History  Search this
Call number:
TL686.F65 W4 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_604134

The aviation legacy of Henry & Edsel Ford / Timothy J. O'Callaghan

Author:
O'Callaghan, Timothy J. 1930-  Search this
Subject:
Ford, Henry 1863-1947 Contributions in aeronautics  Search this
Ford, Edsel 1893-1943 Contributions in aeronautics.  Search this
Ford Motor Company Airplane Division History  Search this
Stout Metal Airplane Company History  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 208 p. : ill., map ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Michigan
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial--History  Search this
Airports--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_629708

Henry Ford's airport, and other aviation interests 1909-1954 / Timothy J. O'Callaghan

Title:
Henry Ford's airport
Author:
O'Callaghan, Timothy J. 1930-  Search this
Subject:
Ford, Henry 1863-1947 Contributions in aeronautics  Search this
Ford Motor Company Airplane Division History  Search this
Stout Metal Airplane Company History  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 159 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1993
C1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_479527

The saga of the Tin Goose : the story of the Ford Tri-Motor / by David A. Weiss

Author:
Weiss, David 1909-2002  Search this
Subject:
Ford Motor Company Airplane Division  Search this
Physical description:
x, 291 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2013
©2013
Topic:
Ford Three-engined Monoplane (Transport plane)  Search this
Transport planes--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1060979

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