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Title Charles H. Dolson's Logbooks Photocopies
Date 1933-1942
Collection Charles H. Dolson Collection
Catalog Number 1995.45.3
Object Name Log, Flight
Extent of Description .5 linear feet, 1 document case
Creator Dolson, Charles H., 1906-1992
Admin/Biographical History Charles Herbert Dolson (May 13, 1906-September 4, 1992) was hired by Delta Air Lines as a pilot and became Delta's second CEO. He learned to fly with the U.S. Navy in 1926. He graduated with a degree in engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 1928. From 1928-1930, he flew Boeing F3Bs from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Saratoga. He received his commercial pilot's license on November 21, 1929. He was a test pilot for Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Company, until he joined American Airways in 1931 to work the mail runs: St. Louis-Omaha, Chicago-Atlanta (via Evansville, Nashvile and Chattanooga).

When the U.S. Post Office Department re-awarded air mail contracts in 1934, Dolson joined Delta as a captain on June 17, one of seven pilots at Delta, flying Stinson Ts. In 1940, he became Delta's Chief Pilot. During World War II, Dolson was recalled to active Navy duty in 1942, and served three years as operations officer of the Naval Air Transport service in the Pacific. In October 1947, he was promoted to Vice President-Operations, and then Executive Vice President-Operations in January 1959. He was elected to Delta's Board of Directors in January 1955.

Dolson succeeded C E. Woolman as Delta's President on November 1, 1965. On September 14, 1966, after Woolman's death, the Board designated Dolson as Acting Board Chairman, adding CEO duties but leaving his title as President. He was formally elected Chairman of the Board and CEO on January 22, 1970 and served in this capacity until November 1, 1971, when he retired but remained a member of the Board of Directors.
Scope & Content Photocopies of four of Charles Dolson's logbooks, 1933-1942. The logbooks document Dolson's flight time as an airline pilot with American Airlines (he was with American from 1931-1934), then Delta Air Lines from 1934 until he was recalled to active U.S. Navy duty in 1942.

Logbook No. 5, January 24, 1933 to November 30, 1935
Logbook No. 6, January 1, 1936 to June 30, 1936
Logbook No. 7, July 1, 1936 to October 21, 1939
Logbook No. 8, January 1, 1940 to April 25, 1942
System of arrangement Logbooks are arranged chronologically.
Custodial History These photocopies were made by Delta Air Lines from logbooks loaned by Charles Dolson in 1982.
Credit line Gift of Charles H. Dolson to Delta Air Lines
People Dolson, Charles H., 1906-1992
Archivist's Notes Original photocopies were probably made by Delta Corporate Communications from logbooks loaned by Charles Dolson in the 1970s. Duplicate set of photocopies made by the Delta Flight Museum in 2008.
Search Terms American Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Delta Flight Operations
United States Navy
Subjects Airline pilots
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