1937 Khartoum Aviation Photographs
Portions of this collection are digitized

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Physical Description:
0.05 Cubic feet
6 photographs
This collection consists of six photographs documenting aviation-related activities in Khartoum, Sudan, in the 1930s.
This collection is in English.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of six black and white photographs, each measuring 2 by 3 inches, all taken at Khartoum, Sudan. Four of the photographs are of Amelia Earhart and her Lockheed Model 10-E Electra (NR16020) taken during a refueling stop at Khartoum, on June 13, 1937, during Earhart's attempted around-the-world flight. These photographs feature some hand-tinting. Another photograph, taken on November 30, 1936, is of James A. Mollison's Bellanca 28-90 Flash
. The sixth picture is one of the donor, Edward Frosdick, posed standing in front of an airplane wearing a flying helmet and goggles, taken around the same time period.

Collection is in original order.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) in 1928 was the first woman to fly (as a passenger) across the Atlantic, and in 1932 the first woman (and second person, after Charles Lindbergh) to fly solo and nonstop across that ocean. She flew many record flights, published several books, and accomplished much for women in aviation before attempting, on June 1, 1937, an around-the-world flight from Miami, Florida, in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra. She and navigator Frederick J. Noonan were flying from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island when they disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937. An exhaustive sea and air search, ordered by President Franklin Roosevelt, was unsuccessful in locating Earhart and Noonan.
James A. Mollison (1905-1959) was a pilot who set many records either flying alone, or with his wife Amy Johnson. Both Mollison and Johnson also served in the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II. Flying in his Bellanca 28-90 Flash
, Mollison set a transatlantic speed record in October 1936.

Patricia Williams, Jessamyn Lloyd
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Edward Frosdick, Gift, 1989, NASM.1989.0096.
Processing Information
Arranged and described by Patricia Williams, 1989. Updated and encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd, 2021.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
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.
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Preferred Citation
1937 Khartoum Aviation Photographs, NASM.1989.0096, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aeronautics Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women air pilots Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lockheed Model 10-E Electra, Earhart Aircraft (NR16020) Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bellanca 28-90 Flash "Dorothy" Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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