National Air and Space Museum Archives

Wasp Major Club Certificate [Sargent]

Summary

Collection ID:
NASM.2024.0007
Creators:
Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company
Dates:
April 25, 1942
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.02 Cubic feet
1 oversized map folder
Repository:
Howard Harrop Sargent, Jr. (1911--1986) was a test pilot who was the first person to fly an aircraft powered by the Pratt & Whitney Wasp Major R-4360 engine. This collection consists of a Wasp Major Club certificate issued to Sargent.

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
This collection consists of a Wasp Major Club certificate issued to Howard Harrop Sargent, Jr. indicating that he was the first pilot to fly an aircraft powered by a Pratt & Whitney Wasp Major R-4360 engine. The certificate, which measures approximately 16 x 14 inches, is dated April 25, 1942 and is signed by Pratt & Whitney's General Manager, name unreadable, and Chief Engineer, Andrew Willgoos.

Arrangement

Arrangement
Collection is a single item.

Biographical / Historical

Biographical / Historical
Howard Harrop Sargent, Jr. (1911--1986) was a test pilot who was the first person to fly an aircraft powered by the Pratt & Whitney Wasp Major R-4360 engine. Sargent obtained his pilot's license in 1929 and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1933. Sargent was immediately hired by Pratt & Whitney as an Experimental Test Pilot and by 1939 was their Chief Test Pilot. On April 25, 1942, Sargent became the first person to fly an aircraft powered by the Pratt & Whitney Wasp Major R-4360 engine while making a test flight in a Vultee (Vengeance) XA-31B from Vultee Field in Downey, California. Sargent worked for Raymond Engineering in Connecticut beginning in 1947. The Wasp Major Club was created by Pratt & Whitney to document the first 100 pilots to fly an aircraft powered by a Wasp Major R-4360 engine.

Administration

Author
Jessamyn Lloyd
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Douglas B. Sargent, Gift, 2023, NASM.2024.0007
Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd, 2024.

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
Wasp Major Club Certificate [Sargent], NASM.2024.0007, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords

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