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Creators:
Rowe, Basil Lee
Dates:
1917-1973
bulk 1930-1968
Size:
5.35 Cubic feet (5 document boxes, 4 flat boxes)
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0019
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Basil Lee Rowe (1896-1973) enjoyed a long and successful career in aviation, initially as a military exhibition pilot, barnstormer, air racer, charter operator, flight instructor, aircraft salesman, and rumrunner, before moving to the West Indies to start an airline, the short-lived West Indian Aerial Express, bought out by Pan American Airways in 1928. Rowe became a pioneering senior pilot for Pan Am, flying with them for 28 years before his retirement in 1956. This collection includes scrapbooks, photo albums, memorabilia, and first day covers, in addition to the draft manuscript for Rowe's 1956 autobiography, Under My Wings.