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Winfield B. "Bert" Kinner Collection, 1919-1993


Collection Item Summary:

This collection consists of the following: copy negatives, newspaper and magazine clippings, brochures, correspondence, invitations, photographs, an oral history cassette tape of Cora Kinner's remembrances, Kinner corporation documents; and letters to the Kinners from Amelia Earhart.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Airplanes--Motors
  • Kinner K-1
  • Kinner Sportwing B-2
  • Kinner Sportster B-1
  • Kinner Sportster K-100
  • Kinner K-5 Engine
  • Security National Airster S-1-A
  • Security National Airster S-1-B
  • Aeronautics
  • Aeronautics, Commercial
  • Periodicals

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives


Kinner, Winfield B. "Bert," 1882-1957


  • Kinner, Winfield B. "Bert," 1882-1957
  • Earhart, Amelia 1897-1937
  • Kinner Airplane and Motor Co
  • Security (Security National) Aircraft Corp
  • American Aircraft Co

Physical description

1.09 cubic feet (1 records center box)


  • 1919
  • 1919-1993


United States


Winfield B. 'Bert' Kinner (1882-1957) enlisted in the Air Corps during World War I, but the war ended before he was trained to fly. So in 1919, Kinner moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he rented a barn, built his first airplane and taught himself to fly. Until his retirement in 1941, Kinner remained active in the aviation business. Kinner organized the following aircraft and engine companies: Kinner Airplane & Motor Corp; Security Aircraft Corp; American Aircraft Corp; and Security National Aircraft Corp. Aircraft produced by these corporations included: Kinner K-1 'Airster' -- which was the first aircraft Amelia Earhart purchased; Kinner B-2 'Sportwing'; and the Kinner B-1 and Kinner K 'Sportsters.' Kinner is perhaps most famous for producing the popular 'Kinner K5' engine and for designing the first folding wing aircraft -- the Security Airster S1-A and S1-B.


  • Correspondence
  • Collection descriptions
  • Photographs
  • Publications

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