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Thomas J. Town was a deep sea diver and was in the U. S. Navy submarine force in the 1920s-1930s. Subsequent to his naval service, Town enrolled as a student at the Curtiss-Wright Technical Institute in the late 1930s. During this time, Town photographed numerous aircraft at the Grand Central Airport in Glendale, California and also took photographs at San Jacinto, California of the Tupolev ANT-25 (RD) piloted by Mikhail Gromoff during his 1937 transpolar flight. Town later worked as an engineer at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, California where he gave the negatives in this collection to a fellow engineer, Bruce R. Ward.

Identifier

NASM.2010.0024

Processing Information

Arranged and described by Jessamyn Lloyd in 2010, encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd in 2020.

Creator

Town, Thomas J.

Date

1930s

Provenance

Bruce R. Ward, Gift, 2010, NASM.2010.0024

Extent

0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)

Summary

Thomas J. Town was a deep sea diver and was in the U. S. Navy submarine force in the 1920s-1930s. Subsequent to his naval service, Town enrolled as a student at the Curtiss-Wright Technical Institute in the late 1930s. Town later worked as an engineer at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, California. This collection consists of 35 mm black and white negatives for 42 images taken in the late 1930s at Grand Central Airport in Glendale, California and at San Jacinto, California by Thomas J. Town.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Black-and-white negatives

Arrangement note

Collection is in original order.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 35 mm black and white negatives for 42 images taken in the late 1930s at Grand Central Airport in Glendale, California and at San Jacinto, California by Thomas J. Town. Aircraft depicted in the images include the Northrop A-17 (8A); Lockheed Model 10 Electra; Seversky P-35; Boeing Model 247; Vultee V1-A; North American BT-9 Yale; Martin (Glenn L.) B-10 (Model 139); Curtiss Condor T-32 (Condor II); and the Tupolev ANT-25 (RD) piloted by Mikhail Gromoff during the Moscow, USSR to San Jacinto, California transpolar flight of 1937. In addition to the negatives, the collection also includes contact sheets showing each image. The contact sheets include some identification information.

Genre/Form

Black-and-white negatives

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

Topics Aeronautics
Airports
Airports
Lockheed Model 10 Electra Family
Northrop A-17 (8A)
Seversky P-35
Boeing 247
Vultee V1-A
North American BT-9
Martin (Glenn L.) B-10 (Model 139)
Curtiss Condor T-32 (Condor II)
Tupolev ANT-25(RD)

Citation

California Aviation Photographs [Town/Ward], NASM.2010.0024, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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