1909 Gordon Bennett Balloon Race Passport
The 1909 Gordon Bennett Balloon Race was held in October in Zurich, Switzerland. This collection consists of a Balloon Passport issued to the Clouth V for the event.
Edgar W. Mix Glass Plate Stereograph Collection
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 …
Arthur T. Atherholt Collection
This collection includes photographs, newspaper clippings, a speech, flight logs, and maps documenting Atherholt's balloon racing career.
A. Leo Stevens Glass Plate Photography Collection
0.89 Linear feet
This collection consists of 37 glass negatives, 22 glass lantern slides, and 4 transparencies depicting the life and career of Stevens, circa 1900-1915. There are also corresponding negatives and contact prints for these 63 images.
Bendix Air Races Collection
Bendix Aviation Corp
7.66 Linear feet
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.
Thomas G. W. "Tex" Settle Collection
This collection consists articles, correspondence, photographs, logs and scrapbooks chronicling Tex Settles' historic balloon flights.
1922 National Balloon Race Reporting Card
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.
Ralph Hazlett Upson Collection
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.
Frank Purdy Lahm Collection
1.09 Cubic feet (1 records center box; 1 flatbox)
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.
Mansfield Lahm Airport Memorial and Dedication Scrapbook
Frank Purdy Lahm (1877--1963) was the first balloon pilot, the first airship pilot, and the first airplane pilot in the US Army. Lahm was born in Mansfield, Ohio and on September 9, 1967, the airport there was renamed in his honor and dedicated as the Mansfield Lahm Airport. This collection consists of a scrapbook documenting the dedication ceremony for Mansfield Lahm Airport held on September 9, 1967.