Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Assen Jordanoff (1896-1967) was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and first flew during the summer of 1912. He was with the 1st Air Squadron during the Balkan War 1912-1913 and he was an officer with the Bulgarian Air Force, during World War I. Jordanoff emigrated to the United States in 1921, where he held a variety of aviation-related jobs, including draftsman, engineer, and flight instructor for various aviation companies. The companies he worked for include: LWF (Lowe, Willard & Fowler Engineering Co.), Curtiss Aeroplane Company , and the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. Jordanoff was also a renowned aviation writer, and his books include Flying and How to Do It and Jordanoff's Illustrated Aviation Dictionary.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics
  • Flight training
  • Bulgarians
  • Periodicals

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access


Jordanoff, Assen 1896-1967


Lowe, Willard, & Fowler Engineering Co

Physical description

.54 cubic feet (2 boxes)


  • 1897
  • 1897-1967
  • 1897 - 1967


This collection consists of .5 cubic ft of archival material relating to Assen Jordanoff's aviation career, including: correspondence, articles written by Jordanoff, articles about Jordanoff, photographs, and biographical information. The material is in both English and Bulgarian.

Cite as

Assen Jordanoff Papers, Accession number 2006-0037, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560


  • Photographic prints
  • Collection descriptions
  • Correspondence

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