Roland Rohlfs started his career establishing motorcycle records in 1914, before turning to the field of aviation. Rohlfs became an instructor and experimental test pilot with Curtiss Aeroplane Company during World War I, and he established speed and altitude records. Because of his popularity, he endorsed advertisements for such items as watches, spark plugs, parachutes and cars. In 1928, Rohlfs developed and patented an aerial neon sign, and established the Aerial Advertising Company to administer it. Toward the end of his career, he promoted private flying as a "Personal Flying Specialist" for the Civil Aviation Authority and he was an operations manager for Aeromarine Airways. Rohlfs was a member of the Early Birds.
Revised by Patti Williams, 2019.
Roland Rohlfs, Gift, Unknown, NASM.XXXX.0278
0.23 Cubic feet ((1 slim legal document box))
A scrapbook and photographs documenting Roland Rohlf's aviaiton career.
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Photographs located in Videodisc Files; scrapbook is a single item.
A scrapbook records Rohlfs' career and includes correspondence, telegrams, programs, and newspaper articles. Loose photographs were reproduced on NASM Archives Videodisc 2B, and include family photographs as well as subjects relating to Rohlfs' career as described above.
Aerial Advertising Company
Civil Aeronautics Administration
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company
Early Birds of Aviation (Organization).
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States
Aeronautics -- Records
Aeronautics -- Competitions
Aeronautics -- 1903-1916
Roland Rohlfs Collection, NASM.XXXX.0278, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
National Air and Space Museum Archives