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This collection consists of 450 photographs including silver gelatin negatives and prints which document the National Air Races in the 1940s. Begun in 1920, the National Air Races were an annual, week-long event including formation flying, parachute drops, aerobatic displays, and races. The event included two privately sponsored, closed-circuit speed races: the Pulitzer Trophy race held from 1920 to 1925 and the Thompson Trophy race held from 1930 to 1939. Along with other competitions, the National Air Races fostered the development of aircraft in the 1920s and 1930s but ended during World War II.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0555

Date

[ca. 1940s]

Provenance

No donor information/Transfer from Aeronautics, Gift, unknown, XXXX-0555, unknown

Extent

0.25 Cubic feet ((1 box))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Photographs

Scope and Contents

The photos include images of aircraft, on the ground and in flight; pilots; and winners receiving trophies. Pilots portrayed include Charles Brown, Cook Cleland, Jacqueline Cochran, Joseph C. De Bona, Ben McKitten, Betty Skelton, and Roscoe Turner.

Genre/Form

Photographs -- 1890-1920 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Glass

Photographs

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

National Air Races

Pulitzer Trophy Race

Thompson Trophy Race

Brown, Charles

Cleland, Cook

Cochran, Jacqueline

De Bona, Joseph C.

McKitten, Ben

Skelton, Betty, 1926-

Turner, Roscoe, 1895-1970

Topics Stunt flying
Airplanes
Aeronautics -- Exhibitions
Airplane racing
Aeronautics -- Competitions
Aeronautics -- Awards
Aeronautics
Women in aeronautics
Women air pilots
Air pilots
Parachutes

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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