Flight Suit, Chauncey Spencer

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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:

This warm flight jacket belonged to Chauncey Spencer. In 1939 Spencer flew with Dale White in an open-cockpit airplane from Chicago to New York to Washington, D.C. to promote racial equality in civil and military aviation. At the nation's capital, Spencer met with Harry S. Truman, then a senator from Missouri, and other political leaders to advocate an end to racial exclusion in aviation.

Collection Item Long Description:

Date

1939

Inventory Number

A20190299000

Credit Line

Gift of Chauncey E Spencer II

Lender

Chauncey E Spencer II

Manufacturer

Country of Origin

United States of America

Materials

Wool, cotton, German-silver, nickel plating, steel, Sheep skin

Dimensions

Clothing: 139.7 × 63.5 × 20.3cm (55 × 25 × 8 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Flight Clothing