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Arthur T. Atherholt Collection
This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Arthur T. Atherholt (1867-1915) was an aid to Major Hersey in the American Gordon-Bennett Trophy Race and was also one of the contestants during the 1907-1912 races. During his 1912 racing attempt he and copilot John Watts crashed in Russia and were held prisoners for over a week. Atherholt was one of the first members of the Philadelphia Aero Club, and later the president of this organization. He was also instrumental in organizing the Ben Franklin Aeronautical Society in Philadelphia.
Atherholt, Arthur T., 1867-1915
Mary Ellen Tully, gift, 1992, 1992-0043, NASM
0.45 Cubic feet (1 legal document box)
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This collection includes photographs, newspaper clippings, a speech, flight logs, and maps documenting Atherholt's balloon racing career.
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