Goggles, Chauncey Spencer

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Display Status:

This object is on display in the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

These "non-shatterable" flying goggles 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:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Lender

Chauncey E Spencer II

Credit Line

On loan from Chauncey E Spencer II, Detroit, MI

Materials

brass, glass, cellulose-based resin, textile, foamed rubber, synthetic fiber textile

Dimensions

Overall: 17 × 2.5 × 7cm, 0.2kg (6 11/16 × 1 × 2 3/4 in., 3/8lb.)

Date

1939

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear

Inventory Number

I20091324002