Glendale, California: 1930s. Album. This 12” x 8” album contains over 115 original photographs (most 4.5” x 2.75”) and real photo postcards. All of the images are glued to the pages. About 100 of the photos show training, racing, experimental, military, and commercial aircraft; the remainder show students and school facilities. The contents are in nice shape; the album cover has some wear. The Curtis-Wright Institute, established in 1929, was one of the first professional aviation schools in the United States, and Glendale’s Grand Central Air Terminal was the first, best, and most important airport in the American West. These aircraft images are testament to the California’s burgeoning aircraft industry, and almost any of them could be considered a highlight.
Some are: Military (a flight-line of Boeing P-23 Pursuit airplanes, Fokker YB-8 Bomber, Douglas 0-38F Observation, what appears to be a Boeing YB-9 Bomber, Curtis P-3 Hawk, Curtis P-5 Superhawk Pursuit, Douglas XA2 Attack, Northrup A-17 attack, Sheldon Crusader Streamline Cabin Plane, etc.), Racing and Experimental (Folkerts Special Speed King SK-3, Miles Atwood Racer Special, Brown B-2 “Miss LA” Racer, Gee Bee Sportsers, Rider R-1 Racer, Gilmore Record Breaker Keith-Rider R-3, Rider R-4 Firecracker, Hansom Baby-Bullet, Wedell Williams Red Lion Racer, etc.), Commercial (Focke-Wulf Stosser Air Transport, Douglas DC 1-3s, Vultee V-1 Airliner, Boeing Model 40 Mail Plane, Douglas DF Flying Boat, Douglas Dolphin Flying Boats, etc.), Kellet K-3 Autogyro NC12691 (the same autogyro used in the movie, It Happened One Night), Amelia Earhart’s famous Lockheed Model 10 Electra R16020 (there is no “N” in the aircraft number so this photograph must have been taken before she seriously considered flying it outside of the United States.), and more.
A series of images showing an American Airlines Curtiss T032C Condor being destroyed in a runway fire-explosion on 27 September 1937.
There several images of students at their drafting tables, one of an Asian-American using a slide-rule.
There are two 8” x 10” class photos of students in front of the institute.
Some of my online images are slightly blurred because the album would not sit flush on the scanner bed. Very good. Item #008946