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Aviators and Airplanes in DC

National Capital: The good old days of aviationCreated by: PICRYLDated: 1931
[Aircraft at U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.]
Airplanes and blimps above National Mall, Washington Monument, Potomac river and around.
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Alfred W. Lawson air liner that arrived in Wash., 9/19/19
Demonstrate aviator's tester at Military Surgeons and Pharmacists Congress. Washington, D.C., May 8. Lieut. Ugo Reitano, army medical corps member from Italy, Capt. C.L. Leedhorn of the U.S. School of Aviation, look on while General Constantine Iliescu of Roumania tries out the latest U.S. Army mechanical tester for reaction of airplane pilots. The machine sets up theoretical problems for the pilot and test his reaction to each, thus eliminating hours of expensive tests by other methods
Blind landing now possible. Washington D.C. It is now possible to make blind landings which has been one of the biggest difficulties to aviation. It is this single instrument located above the panel in the center directs him to the ground in a curved track and also in a straight line so as to hit the runway that is chosen for the landing. By watching the above instrument the pilot can direct his plane to the ground and determine whether he is to the right or left or above or below the beam that is transmitted. In tests that have been made the pilot has been able to land repeatedly within a few yards of the same spot
Navy's new 'mystery' plane. Washington, D.C., Dec. 18. The U.S. Navy's giant amphibian patrol ship which has arrived in the Capital from Florida. The huge plane was built secretly by the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation at San Diego, Calif. Of the high-wing type, the amphibian has a spread of 104 feet and is 65 feet long. Its amphibian floats fold into the wings. Twin wasp engines, built into the wing, provide the power
Portable trailer in use in blind landings. Washington D.C. This portable trailer where all the equipment is enclosed can be easily transported to any position on the Airdrome so that the pilot can approach the field into the wind for his landing. All the beam control is dispatched from this trailer to the instrument in the cockpit of the plane while at the same time the pilot is in contact with the airport control tower. Photo shows the plane in a test taking off over the trailer in a test at the Airdrome
[Airplanes on airfield]
[Exhibit of early aircraft, probably at Smithsonian Institution]

[Exhibit of early aircraft, probably at Smithsonian Institution]

Airplanes are seen indoors, in hangar-like structure. No. 7832. Forms part of: National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress).

WRIGHT BROTHERS AIRPLANE, ETC. TYPE A PLANE AT FORT MYER
ATWOOD, HARRY. AVIATOR. RISING FROM WHITE HOUSE LAWN IN WRIGHT TYPE B PLANE, JULY, 1911
U.S. Capitol, [Washington, D.C.] & Graf Zeppelin
CURTISS AIRPLANE. TESTS OF CURTISS PLANE FOR ARMY
CURTISS AIRPLANE. TESTS OF CURTISS PLANE FOR ARMY. GENERAL VIEWS
CURTISS AIRPLANE. TESTS OF CURTISS PLANE FOR ARMY. LINCOLN BEACHY
[Airplane, Washington, D.C.]
[Airplane with Washington, D.C. in background]
PREPAREDNESS PARADE. BATTLESHIP AND AIRPLANE FLOAT
ALLIED AIRCRAFT DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. HANGARS; PLANES, AVRO AND CURTIS BEING CONDITIONED
ALLIED AIRCRAFT. DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. COL. CHARLES E. LEE, BRITISH AVIATOR, WITH AVRO TRAINING PLANE DESIGNED BY A.V. ROE OF ENGLAND
ALLIED AIRCRAFT. DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. COL. CHARLES E. LEE, BRITISH AVIATOR, WITH AVRO TRAINING PLANE DESIGNED BY A.V. ROE OF ENGLAND
ALLIED AIRCRAFT. DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. COL. CHARLES E. LEE, BRITISH AVIATOR, WITH AVRO TRAINING PLANE DESIGNED BY A.V. ROE OF ENGLAND
CURTISS AIRPLANE. CURTISS TWIN ENGINE BIPLANE EXHIBITED AT SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
ALLIED AIRCRAFT. DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. COL. CHARLES E. LEE, BRITISH AVIATOR, WITH SEN. NEW
ALLIED AIRCRAFT DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. LT. STEPHEN BONSALL, BRITISH
ALLIED AIRCRAFT. DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. COL. CHARLES E. LEE, BRITISH AVIATOR, WITH SEN. NEW
ALLIED AIRCRAFT DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. CAPT. J.F. MORRIS, BRITISH AVIATOR
ALLIED AIRCRAFT DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. HANGARS; PLANES, AVRO AND CURTIS BEING CONDITIONED
ALLIED AIRCRAFT. DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. COL. CHARLES E. LEE, BRITISH AVIATOR, WITH AVRO TRAINING PLANE DESIGNED BY A.V. ROE OF ENGLAND
ALLIED AIRCRAFT. DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. COL. CHARLES E. LEE, BRITISH AVIATOR, WITH AVRO TRAINING PLANE DESIGNED BY A.V. ROE OF ENGLAND
ALLIED AIRCRAFT. DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. COL. CHARLES E. LEE, BRITISH AVIATOR, WITH AVRO TRAINING PLANE DESIGNED BY A.V. ROE OF ENGLAND
ALLIED AIRCRAFT DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. HANGARS; PLANES, AVRO AND CURTIS BEING CONDITIONED
ALLIED AIRCRAFT. DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. COL. CHARLES E. LEE, BRITISH AVIATOR, WITH AVRO TRAINING PLANE DESIGNED BY A.V. ROE OF ENGLAND
ALLIED AIRCRAFT DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. HANGARS; PLANES, AVRO AND CURTIS BEING CONDITIONED
ALLIED AIRCRAFT. DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. COL. CHARLES E. LEE, BRITISH AVIATOR, WITH AVRO TRAINING PLANE DESIGNED BY A.V. ROE OF ENGLAND
ALLIED AIRCRAFT. DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. COL. CHARLES E. LEE, BRITISH AVIATOR, WITH AVRO TRAINING PLANE DESIGNED BY A.V. ROE OF ENGLAND
ALLIED AIRCRAFT DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. HANGARS; PLANES, AVRO AND CURTIS BEING CONDITIONED
CURTISS AIRPLANE. CURTISS TWIN ENGINE BIPLANE EXHIBITED AT SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
ALLIED AIRCRAFT. DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. COL. CHARLES E. LEE, BRITISH AVIATOR, WITH AVRO TRAINING PLANE DESIGNED BY A.V. ROE OF ENGLAND
ALLIED AIRCRAFT. DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. COL. CHARLES E. LEE, BRITISH AVIATOR, WITH AVRO TRAINING PLANE DESIGNED BY A.V. ROE OF ENGLAND
ALLIED AIRCRAFT DEMONSTRATION AT POLO GROUNDS. HANGARS; PLANES, AVRO AND CURTIS BEING CONDITIONED
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD. PARK AVRO AND CURTISS PLANES
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD
FLEET, R.H., MAJOR, U.S.A. AVIATOR. AIR MAIL
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD. POSTMASTER GENERAL BURLESON; PRESIDENT AND MRS. WILSON
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD
Maj. Scanlon, Commander at Bolling field, greets Mr Lawson upon his arrival
BOYLE, GEORGE, LT., U.S.A. AVIATOR. INAUGURATION OF AIRMAIL, MAY 15TH
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD. LOADING
Maj. Scanlon, Commander at Bolling field, greets Mr. Lawson upon his arrival
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD. LOADING
AVIATION, NAVY. TRANS-ATLANTIC FLIGHT AVIATORS
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD. SGT. WATERS OF SIGNAL CORPS
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD. MECHANICS
SCHALL, THOMAS D. REP. AND SENATOR FROM MINNESOTA. AT ALLIED AIRCRAFT DEMONSTRATION. COL. C.E. LEE
[AIR MAIL. PRESIDENT AND MRS. WILSON]
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD. START OF 1ST CONTINUOUSLY SCHEDULED SERVICE. CURTISS JN-46-H PLANE
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD. SGT. WATERS OF SIGNAL CORPS HELPING ON AIR MAIL
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD. START OF 1ST CONTINUOUSLY SCHEDULED SERVICE. CURTISS JN-46-H PLANE
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD. START OF 1ST CONTINUOUSLY SCHEDULED SERVICE. CURTISS JN-46-H PLANE. PRESIDENT AND MRS. WILSON
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD. OTHER CURTISS PLANES
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD. OTHER CURTISS PLANES
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD. LOADING
AIR MAIL. INAUGURATION OF SERVICE, POLO FIELD. MAJ. R.H. FLEET, BESIDE CURTISS JN46H PLANE
INTERIOR, DEPARTMENT OF. AIRPLANE VIEW
BOLLING FIELD. FIRST AIRPORT AT WASHINGTON, D.C. VIEW OF ANACOSTIA NAVAL AIR STATION AND PART OF BOLLING FIELD
AVIATION, NAVY. TRANS-ATLANTIC FLIGHT AVIATORS. FRONT: BELLINGER, PATRICK, N.L.; ROOSEVELT; RICHARDSON, HOLDEN C.; 2ND ROW: REED, ALBERT CUSHING; HINTON, WALTER; TOWERS; DANIELS; N.C. STONE OF CREW OF N C 4
MITCHELL, WILLIAM. CAPT., U.S.A. AVIATOR. HORSE SHOW
LONG BRIDGE. AIRPLANE VIEW OF, WITH TIDAL BASIN, MONUMENT, ETC.
Rep. P. P. Campbell & General Mitchell, 5/14/20
Airship. Army blimp C-71 over Alaska Ave.
U.S. Capitol. Airplanes flying in formation over U.S. Capitol
Lincoln Memorial. Army blimp at Lincoln Memorial
[A female aviator with Warren Harding's pet dog Laddie Boy]
Smithsonian Institution. Spirit of Saint Louis made at Hains Point I
Memorial Bridge. Airplanes in flight over Memorial Bridge I
Graf Zeppelin. View over U.S. Capitol
Smithsonian Institution. Spirit of Saint Louis made at Hains Point II
U.S. Army blimps, the T.C. 5 and T.C. 9 from Langley Field, Va. passing over the Washington Monument during a practice flight

U.S. Army blimps, the T.C. 5 and T.C. 9 from Langley Field, Va. passin...

National Photo Company Collection. "Copyrighted and non-copyrighted prints must be credited National Photo".

Lincoln Memorial. Army blimp over Lincoln Memorial with construction materials for Memorial Bridge in foreground
Memorial Bridge. Airplanes in flight over Memorial Bridge II
Graf Zeppelin. Graf Zeppelin over 13th St.
Memorial Bridge. Airplanes in flight over Memorial Bridge III
Airplane exhibit at National Museum. View of airplanes on display
The C 7 passing over the White House this morning on her trip from Hampton Roads to Bolling Field

The C 7 passing over the White House this morning on her trip from Ham...

Photograph shows Navy C 7, the first lighter-than-air ship to be inflated with helium, flying over the White house in Washington, D.C. In album: Washington, D.C., 1 Dec. 1921 to 31 Dec. 1921, v. 3, Herbert E. F... More

Bolling Field & Naval Air Station, [Washington, D.C.]
[U.S. Navy C-7 blimp over White House, Washington, D.C.]
[Aircraft, Washington, D.C.]
[Airplane in front of U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.]
Close-up of a Post Office Dept. mail plane equipped with the new experimental radio apparatus with which the Dept. hopes soon to make possible night flying. The little lead fish at the bottom of the picture is let out while flying and carries with it a long copper wire which serves as the antennae. A sound-proof covering over the pilot's set and transmitter is necessary and the electricity is manufactured by a generator run by a free fan. Experiments conducted at Bolling Field, Wash. Aug. 2, 1922
Lawrence Sperry, Head and Shoulders Portrait

Lawrence Sperry, Head and Shoulders Portrait

Head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left, seated in cockpit of Sperry airplane; Lincoln Memorial in background, Washington, D.C. Item in album: v. 3, no. 17757. National Photo Company Collection.

[Airplane in front of U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.]
Pianos arrive by airplane, Bowling Field [i.e., Bolling Field, Washington, D.C.], 4/23/25
[Amphibian aircraft on reflecting pool in front of Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.]
[Blimp over White House, Washington, D.C.]
[U.S. Navy blimp]
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