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
- Flying helmets