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:

Earle L. "Ovie" Ovington in crash helmet seated in a cockpit. The photograph is signed, "To Mrs. "Jack" Stearva Gray - Earle Ovington", 1911. Two captions are attached to the photograph - top: "Earle Ovington - Pioneer. Note steel crash helmet. He introduced in America from France. Date 1911." Bottom: "Earle Ovington - First official U.S. Mail carrier via air!" Ovington piloted the first official airmail flight in the United States in a BlTriot XI on September 23, 1911.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics, Commercial
  • Air mail service
  • Air pilots
  • Airplanes
  • Flying helmets

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Repository Loc.

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



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