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During the Spring of 1937, Laura Heermance and Louise Tallman of Connecticut were taken to Europe by their aunt. They were loaned a Leica camera with 35 mm film and Ms. Heermance, an enthusiastic student pilot, took photographs of aircraft at Le Bourget Airport and Aero Club de la Riviera, France.




Heermance, Laura W., 1916-1960


bulk 1937


Louise Tallman, Gift, 2005


11 Digital scans


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Digital scans

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of scans copied by the NASM Archives of eleven photographs taken by Laura W. Heermance (1916-1960) in France during the Spring of 1937. The photographs were shot at the Le Bourget Airport and at the Aero Club de la Riviera, France The following aircraft are shown: Imperial Airways Short L. 17 Scylla and Handley Page H.P. 42E Hannibal; Air France Potez 62; KLM Douglas DC-2; Sabena Savoia-Marchetti S.73; Percival Gull Six; de Havilland D.H.89 Dragon Rapide and D.H.80 Puss Moth; and Caudron C. 400 Phalene (Moth), C.232, and C.272 Luciole (Firefly).


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Air France

Imperial Airways

KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij)

Topics Aeronautics
Short L.17 Scylla
Handley Page H.P. 42E Hannibal
Potez 62
Douglas DC-2
Sabena Savoia-Marchetti S.73
Percival Gull Six
de Havilland D.H.89 Dragon Rapide
Caudron C.272 Luciole (Firefly)
Caudron C.400 Phalene (Moth)
Caudron C.232
de Havilland D.H.80 Pull Moth


French Aviation Photography Collection, Accession number 2005-0022, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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