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Albin K. Longren

Albin K. Longren
Date: Between 1910 and 1919
This black and white photograph shows inventor and aviator Albin K. Longren posing with an Indian motorcycle. The following has been written across the bottom of the photograph "Longren Clay Center, Kansas."


Albin K. Longren

Albin K. Longren
Date: Between 1910 and 1915
A portrait of Albin K. Longren, who in 1911, constructed and flew his first pusher-type biplane, dubbed the Topeka I. That flight earned him the distinction of being the first to manufacture within Kansas a successfully-flown aircraft. This was the beginning of a lifelong career in aviation for Longren. As an aviator, he barnstormed throughout the Midwest, making a total of 1,372 exhibition flights from 1911 - 1914 without a major mishap. Longren channeled his income from barnstorming into his more serious interest of aircraft design and construction in his Topeka factory.


Albin K. Longren's No. 6, Model G airplane

Albin K. Longren's No. 6, Model G airplane
Date: Between 1916 and 1920
This is a photo of Philip Billard sitting in Albin K. Longren's No. 6, Model G airplane (biplane) which was built in 1916. Longren and his wife Dolly opened an airplane factory in Topeka, Kansas. Longren's factory was the first successful aircraft manufacturing firm in Kansas.


Albin K. Longren's No. 6, Model G airplane

Albin K. Longren's No. 6, Model G airplane
Date: Between 1911 and 1916
This is a photo of Albin K. Longren's No. 6, Model G airplane surrounded by a group of unidentified people. Longren and his wife Dolly opened an airplane factory in Topeka, Kansas. Longren's factory was the first successful aircraft manufacturing firm in Kansas.


Albin K. Longren's first flight

Albin K. Longren's first flight
Date: September 2, 1911
A postcard showing Albin K. Longren taking his first flight in plane number 1. The plane built by Longren was powered with a Type A-2 Hall-Scott, eight cylinder, water cooled, 60 H.P. motor. He built and flew the airplane without any prior experience.


Albin K. Longren airplane

Albin K. Longren airplane
Date: 1912
This photo shows Philip Billard sitting in an Albin K. Longren airplane. Longren and his wife Dolly opened an airplane factory in Topeka, Kansas. Longren's factory was the first successful aircraft manufacturing firm in Kansas.


Albin K. Longren airplane

Albin K. Longren airplane
Date: 1911
Photo of Albin K. Longren's first airplane


Albin K. Longren with his airplane in Topeka, Kansas

Albin K. Longren with his airplane in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Boeger, Topeka
Date: May 16, 1912
A photograph showing Albin K. Longren with his first airplane on the Topeka Fair grounds in Topeka, Kansas. This plane was flown for the first time on September 2, 1911, and was the first sucessful airplane built in Kansas. It was powered with the first eight cylinder motor owned within the state of Kansas. The motor was a type A-2 Hall-Scott, 8 cylinder, water cooled, detachable heads, 60 horsepower, bore 4" and stroke 4".


Albin Kasper Longren

Albin Kasper Longren
Creator: Conard, Flossa
Date: July 04, 1912
A postcard showing Albin Kasper Longren flying one of his airplanes in an exhibition at a fair in LaCrosse, Kansas.


Albin Kasper Longren's photograph album

Albin Kasper Longren's photograph album
Date: 1912-1921
This photograph album documents a number of airplanes (biplanes)designed, built and flown by Albin Kasper Longren. He built and flew Topeka's first aircraft on September 2, 1911. At two different times, Longren tried to establish an airplane factory in Topeka, Kansas. His second factory was in an abandoned woolen mill in Oakland, a neighborhood in Topeka, Kansas. The album contains photographs of the exterior and interior of this factory and numerous views of planes and plane parts. Longren's planes were well received, but his business failed because he had difficulty manufacturing numbers of planes. There are two images of a plane parked at the entrance to Gage Park in Topeka. Longren did exhibition flying at county fairs and other events in the region under the name Longren Aviators Exhibition Flyers. The album also has images of biplanes at Coffeyville, Anthony, Stockton, and other locations in Kansas as well as at least one image taken in the following states: Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Texas. Longren built a plane the was purchased by Phillip Billard, a Topeka aviator, and there are images of this plane in the album.


Albin Kasper Longren and Dolly Longren with plane #5

Albin Kasper Longren and Dolly Longren with plane #5
Date: 1914
A photograph showing Dolly Longren at the controls of Longren airplane #5. Albin Kasper Longren the designer and builder is standing by the plane.


Albin Longren's first airplane

Albin Longren's first airplane
Date: November 25, 1911
View of Albin Longren's first airplane in Winfield, Kansas.


Flight record #42

Flight record #42
Creator: Billard, Louis Philip, 1891-1918
Date: December 7, 1916
Flight record #42 recording Philip Billard's December 7, 1916, flight in a Longren Model G tractor-type airplane. Billard's flight time was part of the hours required to renew his pilot's license.


Fold-wing biplane built by Albin Kasper Longren

Fold-wing biplane built by Albin Kasper Longren
Date: 1921
Photograph of Albin Kasper Longren's fold-wing biplane parked in front of a garage. In less than 30 seconds, four pins could be removed and wings folded back so the plane could be stored in a Model T Ford garage. The composite fuselage was made of a hard vulcanized fiber molded to a streamline form. It weighed 550 pounds with side-by-side seating. The trial test flight took place on August 6, 1921 from Kelsey's potato field located east of the Longren factory at 1401 Winfield in northeast Topeka, Kansas.


Fuselage

Fuselage
Date: April 10, 1922-June 16, 1925
KS: 7th: 4.6.: significance of the work of entrepreneurial Kansans in the aviation industry


Great Air Future

Great Air Future
Creator: Topeka Journal
Date: June 12, 1919
In this article from the Topeka Journal, Albin K. Longren predicts that air travel will soon be as common and affordable as travel by motor vehicle. Longren also contends that the airplane manufacturing plant that he intends on setting up will be capable of producing twenty-five airplanes per day in order to meet the anticipated demand.


Hamilton Hall, Topeka, Kansas

Hamilton Hall, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1910s
This photograph shows Hamilton Hall in Topeka, Kansas, where A.K. Longren built his first airplane, Topeka 1.


Longren's No. 6 Model G

Longren's No. 6 Model G
Date: July 1916
Albin K. Longren's No. 6 Model G, built in 1916


Longren's airplane company, Topeka, Kansas

Longren's airplane company, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1914 and 1917
This black and white photograph shows the Albin K. Longren airplane plant at 420 SW Jackson Street in Topeka, Kansas. The building, which is still standing, manufactured at least five different airplane models in its day. The photograph shows the small-scale nature of early aircraft production.


Longren's airplane company, Topeka, Kansas

Longren's airplane company, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Boeger, Paul
Date: Between 1914 and 1917
These three black and white photographs show the Albin K. Longren's airplane plant at 420 SW Jackson Street in Topeka, Kansas. The building, which is still standing, manufactured at least five different airplane models in its day. The photographs show the small-scale nature of early aircraft production.


Longren's airplane company, Topeka, Kansas

Longren's airplane company, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Boeger, Paul
Date: Between 1914 and 1917
This black and white photograph shows the Albin K. Longren's airplane plant at 420 SW Jackson Street in Topeka, Kansas. The building ,which is still standing, manufactured at least five different airplane models in its day. The photograph shows the small-scale nature of early aircraft production.


Longren's biplane

Longren's biplane
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
Albin K. Longren's biplane


Longren No.5 biplane

Longren No.5 biplane
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
View of Dolly & Albin K. Longren with Longren No. 5 biplane


Longren aircraft factory, Topeka, Kansas

Longren aircraft factory, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Longren, Albin K., 1882-1950
Date: 1920
This photograph shows the Longren aircraft factory circa 1920. Various pieces for building airplane wings are laid out on the tables, including large sections of wings that have already been partially assembled.


Longren aircraft taking on fuel at Clay Center, Kansas

Longren aircraft taking on fuel at Clay Center, Kansas
Date: 1922
This photograph shows A.K.Longren standing beside one of his AK model airplanes while it is being refueled at Clay Center, Kansas.


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