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Pilots' Licenses Collection

Names:
Aero Club of America  Search this
National Aeronautic Association (U.S.)  Search this
Coffyn, Frank, 1878-1960  Search this
Havens, Beckwith.  Search this
Keightley, George M., 1889-1967  Search this
Upson, Ralph Hazlett, 1888-1968  Search this
Extent:
0.33 Cubic feet (1 box)
Container:
Box 107 (Shared)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Ephemera
Identity cards
Date:
1911-1944
Summary:
This collection contains examples of pilot's licenses that were issued in the early 20th century. It includes licenses from various nations such as France, Italy, Canada and the United States.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a variety of pilot's licenses issued by civilian, government and military organizations dating from 1911 to 1944. The collection contains 52 items, and includes a variety of license types and personal effects relating to each pilot. Licenses issued by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) form a large portion of the non-military parts of the collection, with four of the FAI's founding organizations being featured in the collection. These are Aero Club D'Italia, the Aero Club of America, the Aéro-Club de France and the Royal Aero Club. The US Navy and Air Corps form the majority of military licenses in the collection, with licenses issued by the US Department of Commerce representing civil licenses issued by the Government. Included with many licenses in the collection are other forms of personnel identification attributed to the individual. Examples of these personal effects include a firearms license, an Aviation country club membership card, a business cards and a London-issued driver's license.

Included in this collection are licenses belonging to Raymond Emmanuel Bollack, Laura Bromwell, John Milton Bryant, Frank T. Coffyn, Curtis La Q. Day, Richard Duncan, Lester D. Gardner, G. S. Gillespie, Paul R. Gruhler, Beckwith Havens, Frederick A. Hoover, George M. Keightley, Benjamin Scovill Kelsey, Alfred S. Koch, Lawrence Leon, Grover Loening, Zenos Ramsey Miller, Thomas DeWitt Milling, Charles L. Morris, Thea Rasche, Roland Rohlfs, D. deR. M. Scarrit, Walter J. Shaffer, Thomas E. Springer, Norman Sweetser, Alexander Blair Thaw II, Ralph H. Upson, Clifford L. Webster and E. A. Yeager. A blank license attributed to the Service de la Navigation Aérienne is also included.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged by alphabetical order by last name of the licensee.
Biographical / Historical:
Pilot's licenses became a requirement in the United States after the 1926 Air Commerce Act, however, private organizations issued their own licenses prior to this date. Prominent international organizations, such as the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), issued licenses to aviators around the world. The FAI was founded in 1905 through the collaboration of aviation clubs from eight countries, those being France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. These licenses often served to allow individuals to participate in aeronautic events endorsed by these organizations. Licenses were available for different vehicles with licenses available across various disciplines, with examples being separate documents for balloonists and heavier-than-air pilots. Military organizations often had their own licenses with their own standards. Including examples of licenses issued by various international organizations, the collection provides insight into the types of license that were issued to military and civilian pilots during the first half of the twentieth century.
Provenance:
Gifts and transfers from various sources and unknown, NASM.XXXX.0650.
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
Aeronautics  Search this
Women air pilots  Search this
Genre/Form:
Identity cards
Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0650
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Online Media:

Aviator's Certificate

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1914-08-06
Scope and Contents:
An Aviator's Certificate issued to Day on the 6th of August, 1914 by the Aero Club of America. The license includes a picture of Day.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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, civil  Search this
Aviation  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / Curtis La Q. Day
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Aviator's Certificate

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1916-10-17
Scope and Contents:
An Aviator's certificate issued to Duncan by the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom on the 17th of October 1916. It contains a photograph of Duncan. The front page of the document features an inkblot that partially obscures the information present on the page.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Aviation  Search this
aeronautics, civil  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / Richard Duncan
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Air Engineer's Certificate

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1921-12-12
Scope and Contents:
An Air Engineer's certificate issued to Duncan by the Canadian Air Board. The spine of the license is delicate and the lettering on the front cover faded. The license contains a pictue of Duncan.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Rights:
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Topic:
aeronautics, civil  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / Richard Duncan
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Commercial Air Pilot's Certificate

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1921-12-12
Scope and Contents:
A Commerical Air Pilot's license issued to Duncan by the Canadian Air Board on the 12th of December 1921. The license itself is very fragile, lacking a spine and being held together by its fabric coating. The lettering on the front of the license is also heavily faded.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Rights:
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Topic:
aeronautics, civil  Search this
Aviation  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / Richard Duncan
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Honorary Members Pilot Card and Newspaper Article

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1939-03-21
Scope and Contents:
Included in this file is Lester D. Gardner's honorary pilot's certificate from the Ligue Internationale des Aviateurs. It includes a photo of Gardner. In addition to this there is a newspaper article attached to the rear cover. The article is titled 'U.S Aviation Leader Gets British Award; Gardner Named Fellow of Royal Society' and is marked as being published on the 21st of March 1939.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Rights:
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Topic:
aeronautics, civil  Search this
Aviation  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection / Lester D. Gardner
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Naval Aviator's Certificate

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1916-05-19
Scope and Contents:
A Naval Aviator's certificate issued to Gillespie on the 19th of May, 1916. It includes a photo of Gillespie.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Naval aviation  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / G. S. Gillespie
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Mechanic's License

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1927-10-16
Scope and Contents:
A Mechanic's Licnese issued to Gruhler in 1927 by the United State's Department of Commerce. The license includes a photograph of Gruhler. The license is accompanied by two certificates issued by the Department of Commerce to Gruhler on the 15th of October 1941 listing him as a Aircraft Engine Mechanic. Also included is a typed response to Gruhler from the Department of Commerce regarding questions he had concerning the mechanic certificate.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Aviation  Search this
aeronautics, civil  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / Paul R Gruhler
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Naval Aviator's Certificate

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1918-03-22
Scope and Contents:
This Naval Aviator's Certificate was issued by the United States Navy to Havens on the 22 March 1918. The license includes a photo of Havens.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Naval aviation  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / Beckwith Havens
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Aviator's License

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1912-02-28
Scope and Contents:
An Aviator's license issued to Hoover in 1912 by the Aero Club of America. It contains a photo of Hoover. A buisness card belonging to Hoover is taped to the back of the license.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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, civil  Search this
Aviation  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection / Frederick A. Hoover
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Annual Sporting License

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1928
Scope and Contents:
An Annual Sporting License issued to Keightley by the National Aeronautic Association of the U.S.A in the year 1928. Although no precise date is given in regards to its issuing, the license is valid until the 31st of December, 1928. The spine of the license is fragile.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Aviation  Search this
aeronautics, civil  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / George M. Keightley
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Annual Sporting License

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1929
Scope and Contents:
An Annual porting License issued to Keightley in the year 1929 by the National Aeronautic Association of the U.S.A. Although no specific date is given regarding it's issuing, the license is valid until the 31st of December, 1939. The two pages of the license are seperate due to the lack of spine and the paper itself is fragile.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Aviation  Search this
aeronautics, civil  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / George M. Keightley
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Aerostat Pilot's License, 1913

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1913-08-07
Scope and Contents:
An Aerostat license issued to Raymond Emmanuel Bollack in 1913 by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. It includes a photo of Bollack, along with his signature.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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, civil  Search this
Ballooning  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / Raymond Emmanuel Bollack
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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United States Department of Commerce Mechanic's License

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1927-12-01
Scope and Contents:
A Mechanic's license and accompanying identification card issued to Kelsey on the 1st of December 1927. The identification card includes a photogrpah of Kelsey. The material of both items is fragile.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Aviation  Search this
aeronautics, civil  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / Benjamin Scovill Kelsey
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Transport Pilot's License

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930-03-28
Scope and Contents:
A Transport Pilot's license issued to Kelsey by the U.S Department of Commerce on the 28th of March, 1930. The license contains a photograph of Kelsey. The license is particuarly fragile, existing in fragments.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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, civil  Search this
Aviation  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / Benjamin Scovill Kelsey
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Instrument Flying Certificates

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
bulk 1937-1941
Scope and Contents:
A series of Instrument flying certificates issued to Kelsey by the United States Air Corps. They form a set of six certificates issued between 1937 and 1941.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Aviation  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / Benjamin Scovill Kelsey
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Connecticut Driver's and Pilot's licenses

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
bulk 1924-1929
Scope and Contents:
A collection of aircraft and motor vehicle licenses issued to Kelsey between the years 1924 and 1929. Both the Aircraft amnd Vehicle licenses are kept in chronoligcal order in their own labled wallets. There are two Motor Vehicle Operator's licenses issued by the State of Connecticut's Department of Motor Vehicles and six Pilot's licences issued by the State of Connecticut's Department of Aviation.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Aviation  Search this
aeronautics, civil  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / Benjamin Scovill Kelsey
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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US Army Air Corps Identification Card

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1938-08-04
Scope and Contents:
An Indetification card issued to Kelsey by the United States Army Air Corps in 1938. The Indentification Card contains a photograph of Kelsey.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Licenses  Search this
Aviation  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / Benjamin Scovill Kelsey
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Annual Sporting License

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1928
Scope and Contents:
An Annual Sporting License issued to Kelsey by the National Aeronauic Association of the United States. The license was issued in 1928, but lacks a precise date. The license expired on the 31st of December, 1928. It contains a loose photo of Kelsey.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Aviation  Search this
aeronautics, civil  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / Benjamin Scovill Kelsey
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Aviator's Certificate

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1928-04-06
Scope and Contents:
An Aviator's Certificate issued to Kelsey by the National Aeronautic Association of the United States on the 6th of April, 1928. The license contains a loose photgraph of Kelsey.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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:
Aviation  Search this
aeronautics, civil  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / Benjamin Scovill Kelsey
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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