Aviation

Father of the Air Force: 1925

Father of the Air Force: 1925

Lieutenant Colonel J.E. Fechet, Assistant Chief of Air Service (left) with General Billy Mitchell, Chief of Air Service. Mitchell was a United States Army general who is regarded as the father of the U.S. Air Force. The men are pictured with a model airplane and bomb. Photo taken in 1925. National Photo Company Collection. Historical photo provided by LOC. Original medium: glass negative.

German Model: 1938

German Model: 1938

Smithsonian gets model of first German plane to fly Atlantic. A 20" scale model of the Bremen which made the first westward non-stop flight across the North Atlantic in 1928 being received by the Smithsonian Institution from Germany.

Kite Balloon Tender: 1921

Kite Balloon Tender: 1921

Kite balloon in the well of the U.S.S. Wright (AZ-1/AV-1), a lighter-than-air aircraft tender named after Orville Wright. Photo taken between 1921 and 1922. Old photo provided by LOC. Original medium: 8 x 6 inch glass negative.

Byrd with Plane: 1925

Byrd with Plane: 1925

Explorer Lieutenant Commmander Richard Evelyn Byrd, USN and hydroaeroplane with rubber life boat, 1925. Bain News Service, publisher. LOC original medium: glass negative.

Hydro-Aeroplane Exhibit: 1917

Hydro-Aeroplane Exhibit: 1917

Exhibition of the Curtiss Hydro-Aeroplane or Flying Boat, 1917. Exhibit near the House Office Building by National Aero Coast Patrol Commission with Capitol Building in the background. Harris & Ewing, photographer. LOC original medium: glass negative.

Aircraft Wagon: 1922

Aircraft Wagon: 1922

Wheeled vehicle with mounted airplane engine and propeller, 1922. National Photo Company. LOC original medium: glass negative.

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