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Winfield B. 'Bert' Kinner (1882-1957) enlisted in the Air Corps during World War I, but the war ended before he was trained to fly. So in 1919, Kinner moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he rented a barn, built his first airplane and taught himself to fly. Until his retirement in 1941, Kinner remained active in the aviation business. Kinner organized the following aircraft and engine companies: Kinner Airplane & Motor Corp; Security Aircraft Corp; American Aircraft Corp; and Security National Aircraft Corp. Aircraft produced by these corporations included: Kinner K-1 'Airster' -- which was the first aircraft Amelia Earhart purchased; Kinner B-2 'Sportwing'; and the Kinner B-1 and Kinner K 'Sportsters.' Kinner is perhaps most famous for producing the popular 'Kinner K5' engine and for designing the first folding wing aircraft -- the Security Airster S1-A and S1-B.

Identifier

NASM.1995.0004

Creator

Kinner, Winfield B. "Bert,", 1882-1957

Date

1919-1993

Provenance

Donna Hunter Kinner, gift, 1994, 1995-0004, NASM

Extent

1.09 Cubic feet (1 records center box)

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Correspondence

Photographs

Publications

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the following: copy negatives, newspaper and magazine clippings, brochures, correspondence, invitations, photographs, an oral history cassette tape of Cora Kinner's remembrances, Kinner corporation documents; and letters to the Kinners from Amelia Earhart.

Genre/Form

Correspondence

Photographs

Publications

Rights

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Names

American Aircraft Co.

Kinner Airplane and Motor Co.

Security (Security National) Aircraft Corp

Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937

Kinner, Winfield B. "Bert,", 1882-1957

Topics Airplanes -- Motors
Kinner K-1
Kinner Sportwing B-2
Kinner Sportster B-1
Kinner Sportster K-100
Kinner K-5 Engine
Security National Airster S-1-A
Security National Airster S-1-B
Aeronautics
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States
Periodicals

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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