Sword, United States Navy, Kenneth Whiting


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:

Cmdr. Kenneth Whiting received this sword upon graduating from the Naval Academy and used it during the USS Langley's (CV-1) commissioning ceremony in March 1922, when he took command of the ship. One of the most experienced aviators in the Navy, he learned to fly from Orville Wright in 1914 and led the first operational naval aviation units during World War I. He was primarily responsible for the creation of the aircraft carrier Langley and made the first catapult launch from its deck. Whiting went on to command the carrier Saratoga and held command and leadership positions in naval aviation until his retirement in 1940.

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Physical Description

United States Navy dress sword; straight chrome steel blade with grove fuller and engraving; brass hand guard with dolphins depicted on quillon; wrapped leather handle; brasss pommel with a relief of an eagle surrounded by star.

Credit Line

Donated by Mrs. Edna Whiting Nisewaner

Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Blade: Steel
  • Hilt: Brass with Leather
  • Scabard: Brass and Leather


  • 3-D (Sword): 90.5 × 8 × 13cm (35 5/8 × 3 1/8 × 5 1/8 in.)
  • 3-D (Sheath): 79 × 2 × 3.5cm (31 1/8 × 13/16 × 1 3/8 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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