Walter W. Pentecost (Flying Tigers) Photograph Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0567
Creators:
Pentecost, Walter W. ("Penny")
Dates:
1941
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.2 Cubic Feet
(4 folders)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection contains 88 photographs, primarily of Curtiss P-40 Warhawks, both before and after assembly in Rangoon. There are also photos of the American Volunteer Group, as well as of other aircraft, namely the Bristol Blenheim Bomber, Fleet Model 10, the Douglas DC-3, and several of the Lockheed 10 Electra. Most of the photographs were taken by Pentecost, except for five which are Curtiss-Wright photos simply furnished by Pentecost. There is at least one photograph of Walter Pentecost himself. Only approximately 10 of the photos are dated (1941), and a number of them do not list a location. Most, however, note Rangoon as the location, with some taken in Loiwing, China and its surrounding area.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Walter W. 'Penny' Pentecost's involvement in the world of aviation spanned the greater part of his lifetime. Following a stint as a barnstormer in the 1920s, Pentecost studied engineering at Purdue University. While working at North American Aviation as an Allison engine specialist, he was hired by the Intercontinent Corporation as an 'advance man' for the American Volunteer Group (a.k.a. the Flying Tigers). He was stationed in Rangoon, Burma between May and November of 1941 to oversee the assembly of approximately 100 Flying Tiger Curtiss P-40 Warhawks that were shipped to that nation for the Flying Tigers' mission to defend the Burma Road. Following this mission, Pentecost was sent to Loiwing, China, where he became involved with locating and refurbishing downed combat aircraft, and rescuing reusable parts that could be used to reconstruct other airplanes. Upon his return to the United States, Pentecost worked as a flight test engineer for combat airplanes, and as a service engineer for the Nike Zeus missile system. He also spent time as a project engineer for the Manned Orbiting Laboratory and assisted with NASA's Sky Lab.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Walter W. Pentecost, gift, 1982, XXXX-0567, unknown

General
General
NASMrev

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
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
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Series Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bristol Blenheim Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fleet (Canada) Model 10 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Douglas DC-3 Family Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lockheed Model 10 Electra Family Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Burma Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- India Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Military Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pentecost, Walter W. ("Penny") Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Intercontinent Corporation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Volunteer Group Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Chantilly, VA 20151
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