Alaska Aviation Photographs [Wandling]
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Wandling, Ada
Circa 1924-1930
Physical Description:
0.01 Cubic feet
1 folder
This collection consists of photographs taken by Ada Wandling of aviation activity in Alaska during the 1920s.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of photographs taken by Ada Wandling of aviation activity in Alaska during the 1920s. There are both negatives and prints, and there are some duplicates. There are five black and white negatives and two black and white prints, each measuring approximately 3.5 by 6 inches, of five different images of the Douglas World Cruiser (DWC) aircraft taken in Seward, Alaska in 1924. There are also seven black and white prints of three different images, measuring approximately 3 by 1.75 inches each, of a Travel Air Model BW (Model 4000) (J-4 Whirlwind) that has crash landed in Alaska. It is possibly the Travel Air Model BW
Anchorage No. 2
flown by Russel Hyde Merrill for Anchorage Air Transport, Incorporated. The collection also contains a 3 by 1.75 inch black and white negative showing a Western Air Express Boeing Model 204 on the water in an unknown location.

Collection is in original order.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
In July 1923, the U. S. Army Air Service disclosed that it intended to attempt a global flight the following year. Four specially built aircraft were commissioned from the Douglas Aircraft Company. The World Cruisers, as they were called, were christened the
, the
, the
, and the
New Orleans
. The four aircraft departed from Seattle, Washington, in April 1924 to begin their flight. Only the
New Orleans
and the
completed the arduous 44,085 km (27,553 mi) flight. It took 175 days, with a flying time of 371 hours and 11 minutes.
Ada Wandling was living in Alaska during the time of the Douglas World Cruiser (DWC) world flight. She took photographs that documented their stop in Seward, Alaska, as well as other aviation events happening in the state.

Jessamyn Lloyd
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Barbara Jones, Gift, 2019, NASM.2019.0056
Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd, 2019.

Digital Content

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
Alaska Aviation Photographs [Wandling], NASM.2019.0056, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aeronautics Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airplanes Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Douglas World Cruiser (DWC) Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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