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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, 1905-1940 (bulk 1917-1920)


Collection Item Summary:

This collection contains certificates, flight reports, correspondence and photographs. Also included with the correspondence is a certificate of his appointment to West Point as well as various promotions to lieutenant, captain, major, and brigadier general. There is also a Wright Company flying report on Millings' training, a certificate for election into the Early Birds and a picture of him in dress uniform.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics
  • Aeronautics, Military

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives


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Milling, Thomas DeWitt 1887-1960


  • Milling, Thomas DeWitt 1887-1960
  • Early Birds of Aviation (Organization)

Physical description

1.50 cubic feet (4 boxes)


  • 1905
  • 1905-1940
  • bulk 1917-1920


Thomas DeWitt Milling was one of the Nation's first military pilots. He learned to fly under the tutelage of Orville Wright and was known several decades ago as "the greatest all-round airman in the world." Milling died on November 26, 1960 at the age of 73.


  • Correspondence
  • Collection descriptions
  • Photographs
  • Certificates

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