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Arizona Aviation History - The Ruth Reinhold Collection
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    • Curtiss Fledgling biplane at Sky Harbor

    • Curtiss Fledgling biplane at Sky Harbor
    • Alice Jane Quick
    • Arizona -- History -- 1912-1950; Airports -- Arizona -- Phoenix; Airplanes
    • On June 6, 1938, George Quick landed his aircraft at Sky Harbor after a long flight from Fort Worth, Texas where he had purchased it. His was the only known Curtiss Fledgling to operate commercially in Arizona. The original Fledgling was built...
    • American Airlines Curtiss Condor

    • American Airlines Curtiss Condor
    • Barry Goldwater
    • Arizona -- History -- 1912-1950; Airports -- Arizona -- Phoenix; Airplanes
    • The Curtiss Condor AT-32A was a convertible sleeper daytime version with twelve berths. When raised, its daytime capacity was 15 passengers. The Condor was the first multi-engine aircraft with retractable gear and was quiet but not very fast.
    • Passengers boarding biplane at Central and Roanoke

    • Passengers boarding biplane at Central and Roanoke
    • Bernard Whelan
    • Airplanes; Airports; Arizona -- History -- 1912-1950
    • The elegant and comfortable Reinhart and Whelan's Wright OW-1 Aerial Coupe loading passengers at Central and Roanoke Airport during the winter of 1925-1926.
    • Piper monoplane at Wahweap

    • Piper monoplane at Wahweap
    • Bill Green
    • Arizona -- History -- 1951 -; Airports -- Arizona; Airplanes
    • The first airplane to land at Wahweap Airport in the summer of 1954. The airport's construction was still in progress and was built to be 2,600 feet long by 50 feet wide. Art Green, to the right, operated Marble Canyon Trading Post and then built...
    • Tri-pacer at Wahweap

    • Tri-pacer at Wahweap
    • Bill Green
    • Arizona -- History -- 1951 -; Airports -- Arizona; Airplanes
    • Bill Green's Tri-pacer at Wahweap. The tent was used for storage of oil and miscellaneous items and also gave transient pilots an opportunity to get out of the wind. The 1966 FAA Airport Facilities records the airport with a 24 hour service but...
    • Curtiss golden flyer

    • Curtiss golden flyer
    • Bitetti, Anthony
    • Airplanes; Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930
    • Flown here by Charles F. Willard, the Golden Flyer was the first airplane in California.
    • Flight instructors and cadets at Williams Airport

    • Flight instructors and cadets at Williams Airport
    • Buell Maddux
    • Arizona -- History -- 1912-1950; Airports -- Arizona; Airplanes -- Military; World War, 1939-1945 -- History
    • The first Civilian Pilot Training (CPT) class at Williams, Arizona in the fall of 1942. Instructors pictured in this photograph are Louise Brown, Buell Maddux, James Vercellino, and Rue Marshall.
    • TWA's flight research laboratory at Clemenceau

    • TWA's flight research laboratory at Clemenceau
    • Buell Maddux
    • Arizona -- History -- 1912-1950; Airports -- Arizona; Airplanes
    • At Clemenceau Airport after the commencement of the first Civilian Pilot Training program, TWA's Lockheed Electra 10-E. The aircraft was used for high altitude experiments. NC18137 was known in Arizona as Jack Frye's personal airplane and was...
    • Flight line at Clemenceau

    • Flight line at Clemenceau
    • Buell Maddux
    • Arizona -- History -- 1912-1950; Airports -- Arizona; Airplanes -- Military; World War, 1939-1945 -- History
    • Line up of Interstate CPT aircraft at Clemenceau in 1943. In December 1943 the Interstates were replaced by N #Ns and the program was then a Navy V5 which combined both Primary and Secondary courses.
    • Wiley Post with his "Winnie Mae" at Phoenix Sky Harbor

    • Wiley Post with his "Winnie Mae" at Phoenix Sky Harbor
    • Charles Hirst
    • Arizona -- History -- 1912-1950; Post, Wiley, 1898-1935; Airports -- Arizona -- Phoenix
    • Another famous airplane to visit Sky Harbor, Wiley Post and his navigator Harold Gatty broke records and thrilled the world by flying the Lockheed Vega "Winnie Mae" around the world in 8 days, 15 hours, and 51 minutes.
    • Unloading a biplane at the Phoenix docks

    • Unloading a biplane at the Phoenix docks
    • Charles Hirst
    • Airplanes; Aeronautics -- History; Arizona -- History -- 1912-1950
    • A Kinner American Eagle being unloaded from a boxcar at the Phoenix railroad docks. Shipping by train was just as economical as flying and offered less exposure to the aircraft. The wings and props were crated and the fuselage covered and wheels...
    • Bill Daniels in Arizona flying service OX-5 American Eagle

    • Bill Daniels in Arizona flying service OX-5 American Eagle
    • Charles Hirst
    • Aircraft; Airports; Arizona -- History -- 1912-1950
    • Bill Daniels in Arizona Flying Service's OX-5 American Eagle Miss Phoenix at 24th St. and Van Buren Airport. The Arizona State Hospital building can be seen in the background to the right of center and behind the trees.
    • Ruth Reinhold with Loyal Penn

    • Ruth Reinhold with Loyal Penn
    • Charlie Hirst
    • Arizona -- History -- 1912-1950; Airports -- Arizona -- Phoenix; Airplanes; Air pilots
    • Ruth Reinhold (then Chalmers) and Loyal Penn with Jimmy Angel's "Flamingo." Three inches of snow fell that day and closed Sky Harbor for two hours.
    • Women with wreckage of Lockheed biplane at Gila Bend

    • Women with wreckage of Lockheed biplane at Gila Bend
    • Denham Scott
    • Airplanes; Aircraft Accidents; Arizona -- History -- 1912-1950
    • Left to right are an unidentified woman, Betty Boyle Smith, and Mrs. U.L. Logan. Smith was a nurse and the wife of Dr. Richard Smith who were spending their vacation hunting and fishing when this accident happened. On account of their help and...
    • Pegasus at the First Bisbee Air Show

    • Pegasus at the First Bisbee Air Show
    • Doherty, Ralph B.
    • Airplanes; Air Pilots; Aeronautics--Arizona--History; Air Shows
    • Didier Masson's Pegasus in front of the Warren Country Club in Bisbee, Arizona. The wheel control and interplane ailerons indicate curtiss influence, and as Masson worked for Glenn Martin at this time it was doubtless manufactured by him. The...
    • Copperclad Airways fleet on the Sky Harbor flight line

    • Copperclad Airways fleet on the Sky Harbor flight line
    • Don Keller
    • Arizona -- History -- 1912-1950; Airports -- Arizona -- Phoenix; Airplanes
    • Ruth Reinhold began her aviation career with Copperclad Airways when she came to Phoenix in 1933. This photograph shows four of the airplanes in the Copperclad fleet including the C-3 Aeronca Collegian, the C-3 Aeronca, the Cirrus Great Lakes, and...
    • Navajo men with scenic airways monoplane at Church Rock

    • Navajo men with scenic airways monoplane at Church Rock
    • Durell S. Richards
    • Navajo Indians; Airplanes; Airports; Grand Canyon -- Ariz. -- Tourism and travel
    • Navajo men on horseback with Scenic Airways' Stinson survey ship at Church Rock in 1927. The Navajos called airplanes "chidi nat'ai" which translates to noisy flying bird.

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