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On July 14-15, 1927, Ernest Smith and Emory Bronte made the first civilian transpacific flight from California to Hawaii in their Travelair City of Oakland. Although they planned to land in Honolulu, problems with the gasoline pump and radio receiving apparatus forced them to crash-land in Molakai.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0389

Processing Information

Arranged and described by Patricia Williams in 2002. Updated and encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd in 2020.

Creator

Bronte, Emory

Date

1917-1975

bulk 1927

Provenance

Unknown, Gift?, unknown, NASM.XXXX.0389.

Extent

1.11 Cubic feet (1 flatbox, 1 folder, and 1 oversized folder)

Summary

On July 14-15, 1927, Ernest Smith and Emory Bronte made the first civilian transpacific flight from California to Hawaii. This collection includes a scrapbook that chronicles their flight, a map of the Hawaiian islands, and a letter from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Emory Bronte.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Clippings

Photographs

Correspondence

Scrapbooks

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged by type of material.

Scope and Contents

This scrapbook, covered with Tahitian tapa cloth, chronicles the Smith-Bronte historic flight and consists of the following: including 30 letters; 23 telegrams; 197 photographs; 357 news articles; and 20 miscellaneous items. The collection also includes a map of the Hawaiian islands, dated August 1917, that was used by Smith and Bronte on their flight; and a letter from President Franklin D. Roosevelt presenting Emory B. Bronte with the honor of the "Distinguished Flying Cross," dated 6 September 1934.

Genre/Form

Clippings

Photographs

Correspondence

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

Bronte, Emory

Smith, Ernest

Topics Travel Air aircraft family
Aeronautics -- Records
Aeronautics
Transpacific flights

Citation

Ernest Smith/Emory Bronte Flight Scrapbook, NASM.XXXX.0389, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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