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Leslie (Les) and Marguerite (Martie) Bowman were married in October 1919 and had both learned to fly by 1925. Les, a mechanic, worked as an engineer and salesman for the Kinner Engine and Aircraft Company and was involved in both the production and testing of airplanes. Martie was a charter member of both the Ninety-Nines, a women pilots' association, and the National Air Race Association. She set women's speed records and swept three women's racing events on one day in 1938. Les and Martie both tried wing walking, as did their daughter, Larnie, at the age of eight. Larnie learned to fly by the time she was twelve. During World War II, the Bowmans ran one of five civilian schools for the training of Navy fighter pilots. Les and Martie retired from aviation after the conclusion of the war.

Identifier

NASM.1991.0042

Processing Information

2019: Revised by Amanda Buel for DACS compliance / ArchivesSpace transfer. 1991: Original arrangement, description, and housing of the collection by Nathan Drake, Intern.

Creator

Bowman, Larnie

Date

1923-1987

bulk 1923-1950

Provenance

Mrs. M. Lorraine Allen, gift, 1991, NASM.1991.0042

Extent

1.28 Cubic feet (1 records center box)

Summary

The Bowman Family Papers contain 1.28 cubic feet of material related to the aviation careers of Leslie (Les), Marguerite (Martie), and Larnie Bowman.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Correspondence

Photographs

Publications

Maps

Scrapbooks

Arrangement note

The Bowman Family Papers are arranged by content type.

Scope and Contents

The Bowman Family Papers contain: log books, licenses, and membership cards for Marguerite, Larnie, and Leslie Bowman; loose materials including maps, newspaper clippings from the 1930s, 1972 and 1985; and miscellaneous photographs, including two of Charles Lindbergh. Three scrapbooks at the end of the collection (1923-1931, 1932-1935, 1936-1987) include photographs (some autographed), personal and business correspondence, and newspaper clippings.

Genre/Form

Correspondence

Photographs

Publications

Maps

Scrapbooks

Rights

Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.

Names

Kinner Airplane and Motor Co.

National Air Race Association

Ninety-Nines (Organization)

Bowman, Larnie

Bowman, Les (Leslie)

Bowman, Martie (Marguerite)

Topics Flight training
Aeronautics -- Exhibitions
Aeronautics
Periodicals
Works of art

Citation

Bowman Family Papers, Acc. NASM.1991.0042, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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