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Frank Coffyn (1878-1960) was a pioneer flyer and aviation consultant. Coffyn learned to fly from the Wright Brothers in Dayton Ohio, and was a member of the original Wright Flying Team.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0065

Processing Information

Arranged and described in 2001, updated and encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd in 2020.

Creator

Coffyn, Frank, 1878-1960

Date

1911-1932

Provenance

Frank Coffyn, Gift, unknown, NASM.XXXX.0065

Extent

1.1 Cubic feet (4 flatboxes)

Summary

Frank Coffyn (1878-1960) was a pioneer flyer and aviation consultant. Coffyn learned to fly from the Wright Brothers in Dayton Ohio, and was a member of the original Wright Flying Team. This collection consists of scrapbooks and photo albums documenting his career.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Correspondence

Photographs

Scrapbooks

Arrangement note

Scrapbooks/photo albums have been arranged according to size of enclosure required to safely house each item.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of five scrapbooks. Scrapbook A contains photographs and newspaper clippings relating to Coffyn's visit to the aviation meet of the Michigan Aero Club on June 19-23, 1911. Scrapbook B is comprised of newspaper clippings pertaining to Coffyn's flights in various parts of the U. S. during the year 1912. Scrapbook C is a photo album covering the years 1910-1932, with photos labeled by subject and date. This scrapbook contains some images of a model B Wright Biplane. Book D includes photographs of Coffyn in New York harbor, images of the Lachapelle Gliding Boat, a photo and letter from portrait artist Lewis Eugene Thompson, and a Halcyon Caravel ship photo. Book E is a photo album containing images of Coffyn and a Burgess Flying Boat in 1913.

Genre/Form

Correspondence

Photographs

Scrapbooks

Rights

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Names

Michigan Aero Club

Wright Flying Team

Coffyn, Frank, 1878-1960

Thompson, Lewis Eugene

Wright, Orville, 1871-1948

Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912

Topics Aeronautics
Air pilots
Wright (Co) Model B
Burgess Aircraft Family
Periodicals

Citation

Frank Coffyn Scrapbooks and Photo Albums, NASM.XXXX.0065, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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