Category Archives: aviation history

Sports, Recreation, and Leisure

Sports, recreation, and leisure are so entwined with life in American and the human experience itself, it should not be surprising that many of the collections held at the American Heritage Center contain at least some information related to these … Continue reading

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History in Flight at the American Heritage Center

On this day in 1927 Charles Lindbergh landed his plane in Paris and gained instant fame for being the first to fly across the Atlantic solo.  In honor of this day in aviation history the American Heritage Center is excited … Continue reading

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Eugene Vidal: Aviator, Olympic Athlete, High-flying Advisor

Eugene Luther Vidal (1895-1969) was a man of many accomplishments. An engineer as well as an athlete, he graduated from the University of South Dakota and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  As a student he played on the … Continue reading

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Roger Q. Williams, American Aviation Pioneer

A finding aid for the previously unprocessed Roger Q. Williams papers has been created. Williams (1894-1976) was an early aviator and barnstormer of the 20thcentury. He is perhaps best known for his flight with Lewis Yancey from Old Orchard Beach, … Continue reading

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Come Fly Away: Trans World Airlines Records Recently Processed!

Thanks to an ongoing grant from the NHPRC, a finding aid for the Trans World Airlines records has now been completed. Trans World Airlines was a major airline in the 20th century. It existed from 1925-2001, after which it merged … Continue reading

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Happy Holiday Air Travel!

With many people preparing to fly home to visit relatives during the upcoming holidays, we thought it was time for an aviation-themed blog.  Now, some of you might be nervous fliers.  But perhaps it will make you feel better to … Continue reading

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Found in the archives: Hindenburg Survivors!

Well, not exactly. However, after the recent processing of the Denis J. Mulligan papers, the AHC was thrilled to find documents that survived the crash of the Hindenburg. Mulligan had these documents in his possession after chairing the investigation of … Continue reading

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December Photo of the Month

Flying home for the holidays? How things have changed since 1934, as captured in this view of an Eastern Air Transport airliner. The Curtis Condor, an 18 passenger aircraft, was the first commercial aircraft to utilize autopilot. Originally designed as … Continue reading

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