National Air and Space Museum Archives

Captain Fred E. Davis Collection

Collection ID:
Davis, Frederick Errol
bulk 1938-1964
Physical Description:
digital Cubic feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of digital scans of a pilot's log book belonging to Captain Frederick Errol Davis, used from 1938-1964. This 300 page log book documents Davis' activities as a pilot for Eastern Airlines. Data recorded includes: date of flight, from and to, make and model of the airplane flown, aircraft certificate number, solo, dual, night, duration, and instrument.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Captain Frederick Errol Davis (1900-1996) was one of the airline industry's most respected engineering pilots and flight safety advocates between 1930 and his retirement in 1965. A native of Illinois, Davis moved to Ohio and flew his first solo flight at Cincinnati in 1927. In 1935 he set the then-record for time between New York and Philadelphia, just under one hour. His airline career began with Luddington Airlines in 1930 and he became the chief test pilot at Eastern Airlines in 1937. During his career he logged over 2000 hours of flight time in different types of aircraft. He was inducted into the Retired Eastern Pilots Association Hall of Fame in 1989 and was a member of the OX5 Aviation Pioneers Club.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Juliette Davis, Gift, 2001

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Captain Fred E. Davis Collection, Accession 2001-0026, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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

Keywords table of terms and types.
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Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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