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:

This full-length studio portrait photograph features early African American pilot Willa B. Brown, posed in her flying suit photograph. The photograph was taken somewhere between 1925 and 1935 in Chicago, Illinois.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics
  • Women in aeronautics
  • African American air pilots

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access


Brown, Willa

Physical description

.05 cubic feet (1 folder)

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  • 1925
  • 1925-1935


Willa Brown was a pilot and president of the National Airmen's Association of America.

Cite as

Willa B. Brown Photograph, Accession number 1987-0095, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Repository Loc.

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


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