A. Roy Knabenshue Collection, [ca. 1890s-1960s]

A. Roy Knabenshue (1876-1960) was the first man to fly a powered lighter-than-air craft in America, which he did at the St. Louis exhibition in 1904. He was also one of the last surviving members of a group of noted aviation pioneers known as the "Early Birds." Knabenshue flew the first crude blimp in California at Los Angeles' Old Chutes Park in 1904, raced his dirigibles at America's first air show at Dominquez Field in 1910 and started a dirigible passenger flight service in 1912

This collection contains approximately three cubic feet of material relating to the life and career of A. Roy Knabenshue The collection includes correspondence, a great deal of photographic material, drawings of aircraft and flight records. The material spans over seventy years, from just before the dawn of the twentieth century to the late nineteen-sixties. An autobiographical manuscript entitled "Chauffeur Of The Skies" is also included in this collection

Physical Description:
3.36 linear feet

Date:
1890-1970

Restrictions
No restrictions on access

Creator
Knabenshue, A. Roy 1876-1960 (Augustus Roy)
Subject
Knabenshue, A. Roy 1876-1960 (Augustus Roy)
Early Birds of Aviation (Organization)

Data Source
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Local number
XXXX-0136

Type
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Diaries
Manuscripts
Drawings
Photographs

Topic
Aeronautics
Airships

A. Roy Knabenshue (1876-1960) was the first man to fly a powered lighter-than-air craft in America, which he did at the St. Louis exhibition in 1904. He was also one of the last surviving members of a group of noted aviation pioneers known as the "Early Birds." Knabenshue flew the first crude blimp in California at Los Angeles' Old Chutes Park in 1904, raced his dirigibles at America's first air show at Dominquez Field in 1910 and started a dirigible passenger flight service in 1912

This collection contains approximately three cubic feet of material relating to the life and career of A. Roy Knabenshue The collection includes correspondence, a great deal of photographic material, drawings of aircraft and flight records. The material spans over seventy years, from just before the dawn of the twentieth century to the late nineteen-sixties. An autobiographical manuscript entitled "Chauffeur Of The Skies" is also included in this collection

Physical Description:
3.36 linear feet

Date:
1890-1970

Restrictions
No restrictions on access

Creator
Knabenshue, A. Roy 1876-1960 (Augustus Roy)
Subject
Knabenshue, A. Roy 1876-1960 (Augustus Roy)
Early Birds of Aviation (Organization)

Data Source
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Local number
XXXX-0136

Type
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Diaries
Manuscripts
Drawings
Photographs

Topic
Aeronautics
Airships

ID: XXXX-0136