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:

Two midget racing planes round the pylon during a race at the National Air Races, Cleveland. The lower aircraft is the Anderson Special A1 "Beetle Bomb" (r/n N5541N, race number 63), designed and built by Alvin E. Anderson. The upper aircraft (r/n N138C, race number 29) was built by Lawrence Institute of Technology (now the Lawrence Technological University) students and was piloted by Carlton Ambler.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics
  • Airplanes
  • Airplane racing
  • National Championship Air Races

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Circa 1949


Cleveland, Ohio

Repository Loc.

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



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