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:

The photos include images of aircraft, on the ground and in flight; pilots; and winners receiving trophies. Pilots portrayed include Charles Brown, Cook Cleland, Jacqueline Cochran, Joseph C. De Bona, Ben McKitten, Betty Skelton, and Roscoe Turner.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Stunt flying
  • Airplanes
  • Aeronautics--Exhibitions
  • Airplane racing
  • Aeronautics--Competitions
  • Aeronautics--Awards
  • Aeronautics
  • Women in aeronautics
  • Women air pilots
  • Air pilots
  • Parachutes

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access


  • Cleland, Cook
  • Cochran, Jacqueline
  • Turner, Roscoe 1895-1970
  • Brown, Charles
  • De Bona, Joseph C
  • McKitten, Ben
  • Skelton, Betty 1926-
  • National Air Races
  • Pulitzer Trophy Race
  • Thompson Trophy Race

Physical description

0.25 cubic feet (1 box)


  • 1940
  • 1940-1949
  • ca 1940s
  • 1890-1920


This collection consists of 450 photographs including silver gelatin negatives and prints which document the National Air Races in the 1940s. Begun in 1920, the National Air Races were an annual, week-long event including formation flying, parachute drops, aerobatic displays, and races. The event included two privately sponsored, closed-circuit speed races: the Pulitzer Trophy race held from 1920 to 1925 and the Thompson Trophy race held from 1930 to 1939. Along with other competitions, the National Air Races fostered the development of aircraft in the 1920s and 1930s but ended during World War II.

Repository Loc.

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


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