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Hans Groenhoff Photographic Collection, [ca. 1930s]-1975


Collection Item Summary:

This collection consists of Groenhoff's collection of aviation negatives, contact sheets and transparencies, spanning his career, including the following subjects: military and civilian aircraft; military events; glider and sailplane activities; air shows and races; and aerial images.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics
  • Aeronautics, Commercial
  • Aerial photography

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives


Groenhoff, Hans


Groenhoff, Hans

Physical description

10.00 cubic feet (11 shoeboxes) (6 binders)


  • 1930
  • 1930-1975
  • ca 1930s-1975


United States


Hans Groenhoff was born and educated in Germany, but emigrated to the United States after Hitler came to power. Residing in New York City, Groenhoff pursued his interest in aviation and photography. Following in the footsteps of his brother Gunther, a famous aviator and pioneer glider pilot in Germany, Hans Groenhoff became an active pilot. Groenhoff worked as a photographer, journalist, editor, correspondent and publicist, but his greatest renown came in the field of aviation photography. During the late 1930s to early 1960s, his photographs, and articles, appeared in mainstream magazines as well as the many aviation publications. Groenhoff also shot advertising and publicity photography for aircraft manufacturers. During the 1960s and 1970s, Groenhoff became engaged by the Bahamas Government to promote the Islands as a tourist destination for private and sport aviation.


  • Aerial photographs
  • Collection descriptions
  • Photographs

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