California Aviation Photographs [Town/Ward]

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.2010.0024
Creators:
Town, Thomas J.
Dates:
bulk 1930s
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.05 Cubic Feet
(1 folder)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of 35mm black and white negatives for 42 images taken in the late 1930s at Grand Central Airport in Glendale, California and at San Jacinto, California by Thomas J. Town. Aircraft depicted in the images include the Northrop A-17 (8A); Lockheed Model 10 Electra; Seversky P-35; Boeing Model 247; Vultee V1-A; North American BT-9 Yale; Martin (Glenn L.) B-10 (Model 139); Curtiss Condor T-32 (Condor II); and the Tupolev ANT-25 (RD) piloted by Mikhail Gromoff during the Moscow, USSR to San Jacinto, California transpolar flight of 1937. The negatives are on nitrate film. In addition to the negatives, the collection also includes contact sheets showing each image. The contact sheets include some identification information.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Thomas J. Town was a deep sea diver and was in the U.S. Navy submarine force in the 1920s-1930s. Subsequent to his naval service, Town enrolled as a student at the Curtiss-Wright Technical Institute in the late 1930s. During this time, Town photographed numerous aircraft at the Grand Central Airport in Glendale, California and also took photographs at San Jacinto, California of the Tupolev ANT-25 (RD) piloted by Mikhail Gromoff during his 1937 transpolar flight. Town later worked as an engineer at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, California where he gave the negatives in this collection to a fellow engineer, Bruce R. Ward.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Bruce R. Ward, Gift, 2010

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
California Aviation Photographs [Town/Ward], Accession 2010-0024, 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
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Lockheed Model 10 Electra Family Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Northrop A-17 (8A) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Seversky P-35 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Boeing 247 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vultee V1-A Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
North American BT-9 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Martin (Glenn L.) B-10 (Model 139) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Curtiss Condor T-32 (Condor II) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tupolev ANT-25(RD) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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