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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'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 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 airplane

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


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.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: May 20, 1932
A photograph showing Amelia Earhart at the controls of a modified Lockheed Vega taking off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, for her transatlantic flight.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: May 20, 1932
A photograph taken at the Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, airport (left to right) Marjorie Warren, E. Kunhardt Warren, Amelia Earhart, and William A. Robinson, holding a motion picture camera. Earhart was preparing for her solo flight across the Atlantic.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Creator: Phyfe, Hal, 1892-1968
Date: Between 1932 and 1937
This is a portrait of George P. Putnam and Amelia Earhart. Putnam was Earhart's husband.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: May 20, 1932
A photograph of Amelia Earhart, George P. Putnam and Bernt Balchen at the Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, airport. Earhart was preparing for her solo transatlantic flight.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: May 20, 1932
A photograph of Amelia Earhart taking off in a Lockheed Vega from an airport in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, for her solo transatlantic flight.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Creator: MacDonald, W. H.
Date: Between 1930 and 1937
A photograph of Amelia Earhart and George P. Putnum taken in Rye, New York. Putnam helped coordinate Earhart's 1928 trans-Atlantic flight and acted as her promoter following the flight. Earhart and Putnam married in 1931. Earhart disappeared in 1937 during her attempt to fly around the world.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: July 02, 1932
This is a photograph of Amelia Earhart after her solo flight, meeting with Jack Mollendyk, father of commercial aviation, and Mr. McKenney, one of TWA's first traffic managers.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: May 20, 1932
A photograph of Amelia Earhart taking off in a modified Lockheed Vega from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, for her transatlantic flight.


Cessna airplane

Cessna airplane
Date: 1911
Photo of "Silver Wings," a Cessna monoplane in flight. The "Silver Wings" was completed by May 1911 and was based on the Bleriot monoplane designed by French aviator and inventor Louis Bleriot.


Cyle Horchem, Garver Flying Circus

Cyle Horchem, Garver Flying Circus
Date: Between 1920 and 1924
This black and white photograph shows Cyle Horchem, co-founder of the Garver Flying Circus. The Garver Flying Circus established around 1920 or 1921, Karl Garver from Attica, Kansas, and Cyle Horchem an ex-army flyer from Ransom, Kansas, performed spectacular aerial stunts across the Kansas sky. The group of daredevils successfully entertained the crowds of spectators with death defying acts until tragedy struck in 1924 when Ruth Garver "Champion Lady Parachute Jumper" fell to her death from one thousand feet with a tangled parachute. Later that year, Cyle Horchem slipped and fell to his death as he climbed on to a wing while in flight. Karl Garver continued to perform at air shows but eventually sold his airplanes and died of alcohol poisoning in 1926.


Franklin County fair poster

Franklin County fair poster
Date: Between 1870 and 1900
This Franklin County Fair poster advertises shows by Professor E. E. Craig, the "youngest Aeronaut in the world." He will be doing a balloon ascension and a parachute drop. The fair will be held September 2-5 but no year is given.


Garver's Flying Circus

Garver's Flying Circus
Date: Between 1920 and 1926
This black and white photograph shows members of Garver's Flying Circus. From left to right: Jay Sadowsky, Ray Williamson, and Wayne Neville. Garver's Flying Circus was established around 1920 by Karl Garver from Attica, Kansas, and Cyle Horchem, an ex-army airman from Ransom, Kansas. These men and others, performed spectacular aerial stunts across the Kansas sky. The daredevils successfully entertained the crowds of spectators with death defying acts until tragedy struck in 1924 when Ruth Garver, "Champion Lady Parachute Jumper", fell to her death from one thousand feet in the air, with a tangled parachute. Later that year, Cyle Horchem slipped and fell to his death while attempting to climb onto a wing while in flight. Karl Garver continued to perform at air shows but eventually sold his airplanes and died of alcohol poisoning in 1926.


Garver's Flying Circus

Garver's Flying Circus
Date: October 21, 1923
This black and white photograph shows an advertisement for the Garver's Flying Circus in Wellington, Kansas. Garver's Flying Circus was established around 1920 by Karl Garver from Attica, Kansas, and Cyle Horchem, an ex-army airman from Ransom, Kansas. These men and others, performed spectacular aerial stunts across the Kansas sky. The daredevils successfully entertained the crowds of spectators with death defying acts until tragedy struck in 1924 when Ruth Garver, "Champion Lady Parachute Jumper", fell to her death from one thousand feet in the air, with a tangled parachute. Later that year, Cyle Horchem slipped and fell to his death while attempting to climb onto a wing while in flight. Karl Garver continued to perform at air shows but eventually sold his airplanes and died of alcohol poisoning in 1926.


Garver Flying Circus

Garver Flying Circus
Date: Between 1920 and 1926
This black and white photograph shows performers from the Garver Flying Circus packing a balloon type parachute. The gentleman bending over the parachute has been identified as Paul Duncan "Champion Wing Walker". The Garver Flying Circus established around 1920 or 1921, by Karl Garver from Attica, Kansas and Cyle Horchem an ex-army flyer from Ransom, Kansas, performed spectacular aerial stunts across the Kansas sky. The group of daredevils successfully entertained the crowds of spectators with death defying acts until tragedy struck in 1924, when Ruth Garver, "Champion Lady Parachute Jumper", fell to her death from one thousand feet in the air with a tangled parachute. Later that year, Cyle Horchem slipped and fell to his death as he attempted to climb onto a wing while in flight. Karl Garver continued to perform at air shows but eventually sold his airplanes and died of alcohol poisoning in 1926.


Garver Flying Circus

Garver Flying Circus
Date: Between 1920 and 1926
This black and white photograph shows members of the Garver Flying Circus inside a Laird Swallow. From left to right: H.M. "Doc" Arrowsmith, front seat, and Wayne Neville, pilot. The Garver Flying Circus established around 1920 or 1921, by Karl Garver from Attica, Kansas and Cyle Horchem an ex-army flyer from Ransom, Kansas, performed spectacular aerial stunts across the Kansas sky. The group of daredevils successfully entertained the crowds of spectators with death defying acts until tragedy struck in 1924, when Ruth Garver "Champion Lady Parachute Jumper", fell to her death from one thousand feet in the air with a tangled parachute. Later that year, Cyle Horchem slipped and fell to his death as he attempted to climb on a wing while in flight. Karl Garver continued to perform at air shows but eventually sold his airplanes and died of alcohol poisoning in 1926.


Garver Flying Circus

Garver Flying Circus
Date: June 26, 1923
This black and white photograph shows members of the Garver Flying Circus at the Lone Tree Ranch in Attica, Kansas. Standing from left to right: David Garver, LeVaughn Neville, Ruth Garver, Mrs. R. O. Williamson (or Mrs. Ruby Arrowsmith), Ray O. Williamson ( or Jay Sadowsky), Karl Garver, Paul Duncan, Wayne Neville. The Garver Flying Circus, established around 1920 or 1921 by Karl Garver from Attica, Kansas, and Cyle Horchem an ex-army flyer from Ransom, Kansas, performed spectacular aerial stunts across the Kansas sky. The group of daredevils successfully entertained the crowds of spectators with death defying acts until tragedy struck in 1924, when Ruth Garver "Champion Lady Parachute Jumper" fell to her death from one thousand feet with a tangled parachute. Later that year, Cyle Horchem slipped and fell to his death as he climbed onto a wing while in flight. Karl Garver continued to perform at air shows, but eventually sold his airplanes and died of alcohol poisoning in 1926.


Garver Flying Circus

Garver Flying Circus
Date: Between 1920 and 1924
This black and white photograph shows members of the Garver Flying Circus. Standing from left to right behind a Laird Swallow: Karl Garver, Ruth Garver, and Paul Duncan. The Garver Flying Circus, established around 1920 or 1921, by Karl Garver from Attica, Kansas and Cyle Horchem an ex-army flyer from Ransom, Kansas, performed spectacular aerial stunts across the Kansas sky. The group of daredevils successfully entertained the crowds of spectators with death defying acts until tragedy struck in 1924, when Ruth Garver "Champion Lady Parachute Jumper", fell to her death from one thousand feet in the air with a tangled parachute. Later that year, Cyle Horchem slipped and fell to his death as he attempted to climb onto a wing while in flight. Karl Garver continued to perform at air shows but eventually sold his airplanes and died of alcohol poisoning in 1926.


Garver Flying Circus

Garver Flying Circus
Date: 1922
This black and white photograph shows members of the Garver Flying Circus. Standing from left to right: Ruth Garver, "Champion Lady Pararchute Jumper", Karl Garver and to the far right, Paul Duncan the group's wingwalker. The Garver Flying Circus, established between 1920 and 1921 by Karl Garver from Attica, Kansas and Cyle Horchem an ex-army flyer from Ransom, Kansas, performed spectacular aerial stunts across the Kansas sky. The group of daredevils successfully entertained the crowds of spectators with death defying acts until tragedy struck in 1924, when Ruth Garver fell to her death from one thousand feet in the air with a tangled parachute. Later that year, Cyle Horchem slipped and fell to his death as he attempted to climb onto a wing while in flight. Karl Garver continued to perform at air shows but eventually sold his airplanes and died of alcohol poisoning in 1926.


Garver Flying Circus

Garver Flying Circus
Date: 1920
This black and white photograph shows members of the Garver Flying Circus in La Cross, Kansas. Kneeling from left to right: J.O. Lewis, Geo. Ellers, Karl Garver, Ralph Anderson, J.M. Moellendick, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martin (?), Bertha and Cyle Horchem. The Garver Flying Circus, established around 1920 or 1921, by Karl Garver from Attica, Kansas and Cyle Horchem and ex-army flyer from Ransom, Kansas, performed spectacular aerial stunts across the Kansas sky. The group of daredevils successfully entertained the crowds of spectators with death defying acts until tragedy struck in 1924, when Ruth Garver "Champion Lady Parachute Jumper", fell to her death from one thousand feet in the air with a tangled parachute. Later that year, Cyle Horchem slipped and fell to his death as he attempted to climb onto a wing while in flight. Karl Garver continued to perform at air shows but eventually sold his airplanes and died of alcohol poisoning in 1926.


Glenn Luther Martin

Glenn Luther Martin
Creator: Martin Information Services, Baltimore Maryland
Date: Between 1914 and 1919
These two photographs show aviation pioneer Glenn Luther Martin (1886-1955). The first photograph shows Martin with actress Mary Pickford on location for the movie "A Girl of Yesterday". The second image shows Martin at the controls of an airplane. His interest in aviation began at an early age when he assembled and sold box kites for 25 cents to family and friends. In 1917, Martin's vision for air travel prompted him to form the Glen L. Martin Company. This corporation became one of the leading defense contractors between World War I and the Cold War. He managed the company for nearly forty years until his death on December 5, 1955, at the age of seventy-nine. In 1961, after his death, the company merged with the American-Marietta Corporation to become Martin-Marietta. In 1995, the company merged with the Lockheed Corporation. The newly formed Lockheed Martin Corporation became one of the largest defense contractors in the United States. He lived in Salina, Kansas, for a portion of his childhood.


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