Query: American National Balloon Race
Ralph Hazlett Upson Collection
Creators:
Upson, Ralph Hazlett, 1888-1968
Dates:
1911-1968
bulk 1940-1960
Size:
7 Cubic feet (21 boxes )
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0177
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

This collection contains Upson's papers and notebooks. The material consists of notebooks, both general (1911-35) and experimental (1928-68) and reference files on a variety of aeronautical subjects. The collection also contains material from Upson's teaching career, as well as miscellaneous personal documents.

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1922 National Balloon Race Reporting Card
Creators:
Aero Club of Wisconsin
Dates:
1922
Size:
0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.1097
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

The 1922 National Balloon Race, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was won by Major Oscar Westover, US Army, flying 866 miles to Lake Johns, Quebec. This collection consists of an unused reporting card, meant to be dropped from a balloon during the race and returned within one hour to the Aero Club of Wisconsin by the person who observed the balloon from which it was dropped.

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Arthur T. Atherholt Collection
Creators:
Atherholt, Arthur T., 1867-1915
Dates:
1906-1913
Size:
0.45 Cubic feet (1 legal document box)
Collection ID:
NASM.1992.0043
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

This collection includes photographs, newspaper clippings, a speech, flight logs, and maps documenting Atherholt's balloon racing career.

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Edgar W. Mix Glass Plate Stereograph Collection
Creators:
Mix, Edgar W., 1866-1911
Dates:
1900-1910
Size:
3.77 Cubic feet ((13 shoeboxes))
Collection ID:
NASM.1998.0052
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

This collection consists of 38 cases of glass slides taken by Edgar Mix. The slides reflect aeronautical themes, both lighter- and heavier-than-air subjects from the early 1900s. Subjects photographed by Mix include the Grand Semaine d'Aviation de la Champagne (Reims, France), Camp d'Auvours and various aeronautical events taking place in the vicinity …

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Thomas G. W. "Tex" Settle Collection
Creators:
Settle, Thomas G. W.
Dates:
bulk 1932-1998
Size:
0.5 Cubic feet ((2 boxes))
Collection ID:
NASM.2006.0014
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

This collection consists articles, correspondence, photographs, logs and scrapbooks chronicling Tex Settles' historic balloon flights.

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David H. DeVorkin Papers
Dates:
1987-2010
Size:
1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box)
Collection ID:
Accession 15-179
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of materials documenting the professional activities of David H. DeVorkin, Curator in the Space History Division of the National Air and Space Museum, 1981- . DeVorkin specializes in the origins and development of modern astrophysics and the space sciences. Activities documented primarily include lectures, presentations, and other speaking engagements …

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David H. DeVorkin Papers
Dates:
circa 1979-2002
Size:
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 07-137
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of materials documenting the professional activities of David H. DeVorkin, Curator of Astronomy, National Air and Space Museum. Materials primarily document DeVorkin's editing of a book for the National Geographic Society titled Beyond Earth: Mapping the Universe, preparation of his own books and manuscripts such as the …

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Carl Myers Balloon Farm Collection
Dates:
1889-1910
Size:
0.25 Cubic feet (1 slim legal document box)
Collection ID:
NASM.1991.0075
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Carl Myers (1842-1925) was a meteorologist, photographer and balloonist. In 1875, Myers and his wife Mary ("Carlotta, Queen of the Air") began experimenting with balloons and made their first ascensions in 1880. Myers constructed and flew a variety of balloons and airships, and worked on the following technical advances: he developed a varnishing machine for producing fabrics impervious to hydrogen gas; he produced a portable system for generating hydrogen gas; he patented an apparatus for guiding balloons; and he made the first balloon ascension using natural gas as the lifting medium. Myers manufactured balloons for the U.S. Weather Bureau's rainmaking experiments and also supplied the United States Army Signal Corps (USASC) with twenty-one balloons for use in Spanish American War. Myers retired in 1910. The collection consists of 91 images of the following: balloons, airships, and aeronautical gear in various stages of construction and flight; interior and exterior views of the Carl Myers Balloon Farm; and a number of portraits taken of the family and visitors, including Thomas C. Benbow, a noted pioneering aeronaut. It also contains correspondence written by Myers to Professor Henry Allen (H.A.) Hazen, a meteorologist connected with the United States Signal Office, and one letter to George E. Curtis, head of the U.S. Weather Bureau.

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Frank Purdy Lahm Collection
Creators:
Lahm, Frank Purdy, 1877-1963
Dates:
1906-1965
bulk 1912-1930
Size:
1.04 Linear feet
1.09 Cubic feet (1 records center box; 1 flatbox)
Collection ID:
NASM.1986.0044
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Major General Frank Purdy Lahm (1877-1963) was the first balloon pilot, the first airship pilot, and the first airplane pilot in the US Army. Like his father, Frank Samuel Lahm, his early interest was in ballooning, and in 1906 he won the James Gordon Bennett International Balloon Race. In 1909 Lahm and Lt. Frederick E. Humphreys were trained by Orville and Wilbur Wright to fly the first plane the US Army purchased from the Wrights. In 1912 he was made commanding officer of the US Army Flying School in the Philippines, and during World War I he was commander of the Second Army Air Service. Following the war Lahm founded the Air Corps Training Center at Randolph Field, a source of great pride to him, but was reassigned in 1931 as air attaché and later military attaché to France and Belgium. When Lahm retired from the military in 1941 he had distinguished himself as recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal and the French Legion of Honor. This collection consists of photographs and news clippings detailing Lahm's military career and his personal life.

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Bendix Air Races Collection
Creators:
Bendix Corporation.
Bendix Aviation Corp
Dates:
1931-1985
bulk 1931-1939
bulk 1946-1962
Size:
7.28 Cubic feet (5 records center boxes, 1 16 x 20 x 3 inch flatbox, 1 12 x 16 x 3 inch flatbox)
7.66 Linear feet
Collection ID:
NASM.1988.0115
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

The Bendix Corporation (1924-1983), manufacturers of devices for the automotive and aviation industries, sponsored the Bendix Trophy Race—a transcontinental speed competition for aircraft—annually from 1931-1939, then sporadically from 1946-1962. This collection includes race-related materials from the Bendix Advertising and Publicity department, along with materials from other aviation events for which Bendix was a sponsor. Approximately a third of the collection relates to the corporation's activities from circa 1960 to 1983, including military and commercial avionics and communications systems, and support for the Unites States space program, particularly the construction of Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch Complex 39.

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