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Clifford W. Henderson Collection

Creator:
Henderson, Clifford W., 1895-1939  Search this
Names:
Arnold, Henry Harley, 1886-1950  Search this
Barnes, Florence Lowe "Pancho"  Search this
Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993  Search this
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Hawks, Frank  Search this
Nichols, Ruth.  Search this
Pickford, Mary  Search this
Thaden, Iris Louise McPhetridge  Search this
Turner, Roscoe, 1895-1970  Search this
Udet, Ernst, General  Search this
Extent:
0.47 Cubic feet ((3 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Photograph albums
Newspaper clippings
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Programs
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately 0.5 cubic feet of material relating to Clifford W. Henderson including photographs, event programs, published materials, news clippings, audio tape, and motion picture film. The photographs consist of black and white prints, mostly 8 x 10 inches in size, and a photo album of smaller black and white prints with a leather cover which measures approximately 9 x 7 inches. Besides Henderson, other notable people in the photographs include James R. Wedell; Benjamin Odell Howard; Roy Minor; Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold; Charles Edwin Thompson; Mary Pickford; Ernst Udet; Frank Hawks; Gordon Israel; H. W. "Spud" Manning; Florence Lowe "Pancho" Barnes; Ken Maynard; John McDonald Miller; Hoot Gibson; Amelia Mary Earhart; Steve J. Wittman; Lee Gelbach; James "Jimmy" Haizlip; Mary "Mae" Haizlip; Iris Louise McPhetridge Thaden; James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle; Roscoe Turner; Tito Falconi; and Ruth Rowland Nichols. Aircraft shown in the photographs include the Howard (Benjamin O.) DGA-4 "Mike"; Curtiss B-2 Condor; Vought O2U-1 Corsair; Northrop (Avion) Experimental No.1 (1929 Flying Wing); Keith Rider R-2 "Bumble Bee"; Israel (Gordon) "Redhead" Racer; Wedell-Williams Model 22 (NR 60Y) (Race #s: 22, 54); Keith Rider R-1 "San Francisco I"; Udet U 12 Flamingo; Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogiro; Brown (Alden) Racing (Special Monoplane Racer); Wittman (Steve) (#2) "Chief Oshkosh"; Wedell-Williams Model 44 II (NR 536V) (Race #: 92); Chester (Art) Jeep; Lockheed Model 5B Vega, Earhart Aircraft, NR7952; Wedell-Williams Model 44 (44 III) (NR 61Y) (Race #s: 2, 25, 57, 121); Brown (Lawrence) Miles-Atwood Special; Vultee V1; Stearman (1927) Model 6-A Cloudboy; Wedell-Williams Model 44 I (NR 278V) (Race #s: 44, 91); Northrop Gamma 2A "Sky Chief"; Lockheed Model 5 Vega Special (Nichols Aircraft); a Douglas Dolphin custom-built for the Vanderbilt family (A/C No. NC14208); Stearman (1927) Model 4-C Junior Speedmail; Curtiss F8C-5 (O2C-1) Helldiver; and a Caproni Ca.113. The audio tape consists of a 1/4 inch reel made in 1960 at an event celebrating the anniversary of the 1910 Dominguez Air Meet. There are 16 reels of 8mm film in the collection, all of which contain footage relating to World War II aviation. The collection also contains a reel of microfilm of an unidentified book on ballooning and early aviation, and a hard-backed promotional book for the Ford 4-AT Tri-Motor.
Biographical / Historical:
Clifford W. Henderson (1895-1984) was an aviation promoter and showman who managed the annual National Air Races from 1928 until 1939, bringing attention to the expanding field of sport aviation. Born in Iowa, Henderson graduated from the University of Southern California in 1917 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He served in the 35th Ambulance Unit, France, during World War I, before transferring to the 101st Aero Squadron where he learned to fly. After the war, Henderson returned to California and was chairman of ground arrangements for the departure and return of the Army's Around the World Flight in 1924 from Clover Field in Santa Monica. In 1928 he became Director of Aviation of Los Angeles and served as the first manager of the Los Angeles airport system. Also in 1928 Henderson became director of the National Air Races and was responsible for interesting industry leaders in competition trophies, including the Thompson, Bendix, and Grieve Trophies. He retired from managing the National Air Races in 1939. Henderson served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, rising to the rank of colonel. He played an instrumental role in planning the Burma Hump air route, and also served as military governor of Dakar in North Africa. After the war, Henderson was suffering from illness and injuries sustained in Africa, and so went to recuperate in California where he founded Palm Desert, California. He remained active in the Palm Desert community until his death in 1984.
Provenance:
Kim Dell, Gift, 2016
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:
Air pilots  Search this
Airplane racing  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Wedell-Williams Model 44 (44 III)  Search this
Vought O2U-1 Corsair  Search this
Lockheed Model 5 Vega  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Photograph albums
Newspaper clippings
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Programs
Citation:
Clifford W. Henderson Collection, Acc. 2017-0008, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2017.0008
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2017-0008

Wedell-Williams Model 44 (NR 61Y)

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Wedell-Williams Model 44 (44 III) (NR 61Y) (Race #s: 2, 25, 57, 121)  Search this
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 1: Black and White Negatives / Aircraft: Walden-Markey to White; Biographical A-L
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1125

Wedell-Williams Model 44 (44 III) (NR 61Y) (Race #s: 2, 25, 57, 121)

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Container:
Drawer AW, Folder 230015-01
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Documents
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Reading Room at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Research Request.
See more items in:
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Aircraft
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Aircraft / Series A: Aircraft / Wedell-Williams Air Service Corp (Patterson, LA)
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-1183-a-ref55509

Wedell-Williams Model 44 (44 III) (NR 61Y) (Race #s: 2, 25, 57, 121)

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Container:
Drawer AW, Folder 230015-80
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Photos
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Reading Room at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Research Request.
See more items in:
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Aircraft
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Aircraft / Series A: Aircraft / Wedell-Williams Air Service Corp (Patterson, LA)
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-1183-a-ref55512

Wedell-Williams Model 44 (44 III) (NR 61Y) (Race #s: 2, 25, 57, 121)

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Container:
Drawer AW, Folder 230015-85
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Negatives
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Reading Room at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Research Request.
See more items in:
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Aircraft
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Aircraft / Series A: Aircraft / Wedell-Williams Air Service Corp (Patterson, LA)
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-1183-a-ref55515

CAA/FAA Aircraft Registration Files Celebrity Aircraft

Creator:
Civil Aeronautics Administration  Search this
Federal Aviation Administration  Search this
Names:
Civil Aeronautics Administration  Search this
Federal Aviation Administration  Search this
Ryan NYP "Spirit of St. Louis"  Search this
Corrigan, Douglas, 1907-  Search this
Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993  Search this
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937  Search this
Goebel, Arthur C. "Art"  Search this
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974  Search this
Merrill, Dick, 1897-  Search this
Mock, Jerrie.  Search this
Ocklander, E. A.  Search this
Post, Wiley, 1898-1935.  Search this
Turner, Roscoe, 1895-1970  Search this
Extent:
0.9 Cubic Feet ((2 legal document boxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Application forms
Correspondence
Date:
1926-1970
bulk [ca. 1920s-1930s]
Scope and Contents:
These are the original Aeronautics Branch, Department of Commerce (later Civil Aeronautics Administration and Federal Aviation Agency) aircraft registration files on sixteen (16) historically significant aircraft or pilots. Aircraft include the following: first aircraft registration issued; Curtiss Robin J NX9243 (Douglas Corrigan); Lockheed 10-E NR-16020 (Amelia Earhart); Travel Air Monoplane NX-869 (Woollaroc of Art Goebel); Hughes Flying Boat (HK-1) NX37602; Ryan NYP NX-211 (Charles Lindbergh); Lockheed 10-E NR-16059 (Dick Merrill); Cessna 180 N1538C (Jerry Mock); Lockheed Vega 5-C NR-105W (Wiley Post); Standard J-1 #249 (E. A. Ocklander); Laird LTR-14 NX263Y (Roscoe Turner); Wedell Williams 109 NR-61Y (Roscoe Turner). These files contain registration and license applications, modification documents, and correspondence relating to the aircraft. There are also pilot files on the following: James Doolittle, Douglas Corrigan and Charles Lindbergh.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Aeronautics Department, Transfer, 1990, 1990-0043, Public Domain
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:
Curtiss Robin J-1 (Model 50H)  Search this
Lockheed Model 10-E Electra  Search this
Travel Air 5000  Search this
Hughes H-4 (HK-1) Hercules  Search this
Cessna 180 Skywagon  Search this
Lockheed Model 5C Vega  Search this
Standard J-1  Search this
Laird ("Matty") LTR-14 Pesco Special  Search this
Wedell-Williams Model 44 (44 III)  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes -- Registration and transfer  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Genre/Form:
Application forms
Correspondence
Identifier:
NASM.1990.0043
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1990-0043

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