Lammot du Pont, Jr. aeronautical collection

About this collection

Lammot du Pont, Jr. (1909-1964) assembled a large collection of books, manuscripts, prints, drawings and photographs relating to the history of aeronautics from the first balloon flights through the 1940s. The online collection primarily consists of photographs that depict subjects such as airplanes, balloons and dirigibles, seaplanes, male and female pilots, long-distance and round-the-world flights, airplane crashes, air races, flying instruction, and the Arctic schooner Effie M. Morrissey. Nearly all of the photographs are news service images, many accompanied by original caption information. The collection has not been digitized in its entirety. For a detailed description of the entire collection, click here to view the finding aid.

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Vue de la Terrasse de Mr. Franklin a Passi
Landscape with balloon depicting first aerial voyage in presence of the Dauphin, under the direction of Montgolfier, on 21 November 1783
Aerostatische Maschine der Herrn Charles und Robert
Aerostatische Maschine der Herrn Charles und Robert, 25 Schuhe im Durchschnitte welche, den 1 Dec. 1783 in den Tuillerien zu Paris aufgestiegen ist.'
Man and woman in balloon basket
Depicts a man and a woman waving flags from the basket of a balloon.
Entree de sa Majeste Louis XVIII a Paris le 3 Mai 1814
Entrance of His Majesty Louis 18th to Paris
View of the Ascent of Mr. Lunardi's celebrated Air Balloon
Illustration for the European Magazine - view of the ascent of Mr. Lunardi's celebrated air balloon from the artillery ground
War scene
Watercolor drawing by R. G. Skerrett - (written on bottom) - Naval and military bases may hereafter be safeguarded aloft by buoyant barriers that spread entanglements for unwary hostile aviators. It is probably something of this sort which the Germans are said to have adopted as a supplemental defense for the U-Boat base at Zeebrugge
Le Chateau Royal de Versailles du Cote de la Grande Avenue de Paris
Balloon over city (in French), Versailles, 1784
Balloons May Be Made Really Useful
Balloons May Be Made Really Useful. Big idea for western railroads! How they may save their passengers from rear-end collisions and themselves from heavy suits for damages!'
Hampton's Magazine cover: 'Wellman's own story of his 1000 Miles Over-Sea'
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Jr. collection of aeronautical photographs (Accession 1975.360), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
A View of the Balloon of Mr. Sadler's Ascending
A view of the balloon of Mr. Sadler's ascending with him and Captain Paget of the Royal Navy from the gardens of the Mermaid Tavern at Huckney on Monday Aug. 12, 1811. The balloon ascended at 3 o'clock in the afternoon and descended safe near Tilbury Fort in Essex at 20 minutes past four.'
Aerostation
Various balloons belonging to: 1 - Montgolfier's balloon; 2 - Blanchards; 3 - Charles and Roberts; 4 - Luncardi's; 5 - Baldwin's view over the city of Chester from Lunardi's balloon
Model of Plane Army will Fly Round the World
Text on verso: 'Army officers gave all practical planes for the proposed round the world flight a careful study before picking one for the project. Photo shows from left to right, Captain Street, who headed the American fliers on their flight to Alaska and return, Col. Kilner, Lieut. Wade, Major Rader, and Gen. Patrick who are all examining the model of the Douglas Cruiser plane that will be used in the flight. On the table are models of the well-known French heliocopter which has just established a record for that type of machine, and a Martin Bomber which was at first chosen for the flight but later rejected on account of having twin motors which would probably cause trouble.', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Jr. collection of aeronautical photographs (Accession 1975.360), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Planning Route for Round World Flight
Text on verso: 'Army officers have given the flight route for the round the world flight by the Army Air Service in April, the most careful consideration. Photo shows left to right, Lieut. Wade, Major Rader, Capt. Street, Major Frank, executive of the U.S. Air Service, Col. Kilner and Gen. Mason T. Patrick, head of the Air Service examining the route to be taken.', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Jr. collection of aeronautical photographs (Accession 1975.360), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Planning Route for Round World Flight
Text on verso: 'Photo shows the big four chiefly responsible for the U.S. Army Air Service's attempt to make a round the world flight next April. From left to right Lieut. Wade, Gen. Patrick, Captain Street and Major Rader. Captain Street is holding a model of one of the four Douglas NC-2 planes that can make a sustained flight of 2,000 miles on one fuelling and that will be used for the trip.', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Jr. collection of aeronautical photographs (Accession 1975.360), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
First Photo of Lieut. Wade's Crash into North Atlantic on Way to Iceland
Text on verso: 'This is first photo showing ill-fated plane of Lieut. Wade, one of the U.S. round-world fliers, who crashed into the sea between the Orkneys and Iceland. In this photo the plane is shown lying on the water with a destroyer approaching to take Lieuts. Wade and Ogden off. The plane was taken in tow by one of the destroyers to go to Iceland, but was subsequently destroyed by gunfire.', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Jr. collection of aeronautical photographs (Accession 1975.360), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Bring Back Flyer's Map
Text on verso: 'The first relic of the round-the-world flight to be brought back is the map used by Lieut. Erik Nelson, engineering officer of the party, on the first leg of the long trip. It was brought back by a friend to whom Nelson presented it and shows through its myriad of wrinkles and torn pieces, highly interesting pencil notations made by the airman relative to the course of the flight. This picture shows little Lillian Guenther of Los Angeles holding the historic map.', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Jr. collection of aeronautical photographs (Accession 1975.360), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
A Twentieth Century Goddess
Text on verso: 'Scattering rose petals to the four winds as a blessing on the round the world flyers for whom she was nominated as the goddess of flight, Miss Edna French, a member of a New York theatrical company, formed a pretty picture at Curtiss Field, Long Island, Tuesday, March 25.', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Jr. collection of aeronautical photographs (Accession 1975.360), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
World flyers
Text on verso: 'First exclusive photo of (left to right) Lt. Arwald, Mrs. Cole, and Lt. Lowell Smith after Mrs. Frances Cole, sister of Lieut. Arwald unveiled the monument at Sand Point Field, Seattle, Wash., commemorating the world flight.', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Jr. collection of aeronautical photographs (Accession 1975.360), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
British Flyers off on Round World Flight
Text on verso: 'The British unofficial round the world flight which will compete with the American cruise, got off from Southampton recently, in the 'Vulture' a huge amphibian plane. Photo shows first view to reach this country of the start, from left to right, Sergt. Andrews (mechanic), Flying Officer J. Flenderleigh (pilot), and Squadron Leader A. Stuart MacLaren (navigator)., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Jr. collection of aeronautical photographs (Accession 1975.360), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cheering our fliers
Text on verso: 'Three hundred sailors and a hundred soldiers cheering a flier during maneuvers at Key West, Florida, near which one of the government aviation schools is located.', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Jr. collection of aeronautical photographs (Accession 1975.360), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Flying schools - Embry Riddle
Text on verso: 'Transition work on these ships is included in the 50-hour course. In addition, Wacos powered with Whirlwind motors, and fitted with pontoons are also used in such training, as well as the Wasp-motored Flamingos, Cincinnati-made plane.', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Jr. collection of aeronautical photographs (Accession 1975.360), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Uncle Sam teaches Mexican airmen
Text on verso: 'Mexican Army aviators at Anacostia Naval Air Station, D.C., where they are learning to handle planes of the latest pursuit type. In the photograph, left ro right: Lieut. J.J. Clark, U.S. Navy, instructor; Lieut. Rodolfo Torres; Col. Samuel Rojas; Liet. Raul Acarate, Mexican aviators, and Lieut. H.R. Bowes, U.S. Navy, also an instructor.', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Lammot du Pont, Jr. collection of aeronautical photographs (Accession 1975.360), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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