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Kester S. 'Slim' Lindsay (1902-1979) learned to fly in 1922 and was licensed by the State of Massachusetts in 1924. In 1928 he organized and operated the National Air Pageant Association which sponsored air shows. In September 1928 he bought a substantial interest in the New England Aircraft Co., which he sold to Curtiss Flying Service in 1929. He went to work for Curtiss as a manager of their base in Worchester, MA. He worked at various Curtiss Wright bases, including Valley Stream Field, where he was the manager of the field and the Curtiss Wright Mechanics School. In June 1932 Lindsay went to work for Roosevelt Field, Inc. as operations manager of the field, Roosevelt Flying Corp., and Roosevelt Aviation School, Inc. Lindsay later worked for the B.G. Corporation, which manufactured spark plugs. His job for B.G. Corporation included business trips around the world.



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Arranged, described, and encoded by Patti Williams, 1991.


Lindsay, Kester S. "Slim,", 1902-1979



bulk 1929-1937


Bruce Webb, gift, 1990, 1990-0074, NASM


0.45 Cubic feet ((1 legal document box))


This collection consists of 277 images taken by or acquired by Slim Lindsay during his stints as manager of the Curtiss Wright and Roosevelt Fields, and during his travels for the B.G. Corporation.


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Arrangement note

The K. S. "Slim" Lindsay Collection-- is arranged by content type.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 206 photographs taken or acquired by Slim Lindsay during his stints as manager of the Curtiss Wright and Roosevelt Fields and during his travels for B.G. Corporation. The photographs include aircraft, aviation personalities, air fields, and hangars from around the world. The collection also includes newspaper and magazine articles on Lindsay, his licenses and business cards, first day covers and maps of St. Louis with its airports. Note: The digital images in this finding aid were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product and may show irregular cropping and orientation in addition to color variations resulting from damage to and deterioration of the original objects.







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B. G. Corporation

Curtiss Flying Service, Inc.

Curtiss-Wright Mechanics School

National Air Pageant Association

New England Aircraft Co.

Roosevelt Aviation School, Inc.

Roosevelt Field (N.Y.)

Roosevelt Flying Corp

Lindsay, Kester S. "Slim,", 1902-1979

Topics Aeronautics
Flight training
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States


K. S. "Slim" Lindsay Collection, Acc.NASM.1990.0074, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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