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Name Western Air Express

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Image of Al DeGarmo's Logbook No. 2 -

Al DeGarmo's Logbook No. 2 -

Beige cloth-covered book. On front cover in black print and pencil: "AL DE GARMO / PILOT'S BOOK NO. 2" Dimensions: (H) 6.25" x (W) 5.25" x (D) 0.75"

Image of Western Air Express Chewing Gum Packet - ca. 1930s

Western Air Express Chewing Gum Packet - ca. 1930s

Small sealed cellophane envelope holding two pieces of wrapped Dentyne chewing gum.

Image of Western Air Express Sperry Horizon Gyrosope - ca. 1930-1935

Western Air Express Sperry Horizon Gyrosope - ca. 1930-1935

Western Air Express aircraft cockpit gyroscope. Black cylinder cockpit gauge. Circular face has a blue background with yellow horizon bar and airplane diagram in foreground. Four holes on face for attachment to cockpit control panel. Metal manufacturer tag: "SPERRY GYROSCOPE., INC.,/ BROOKLYN, N.Y./ AIR SPUN HORIZON/ PART-67233 SER.146XXY/ THIS APPARATUS IS MANUFACTURED UNDER ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING PATENTS/ Numbered:1.324.128, 1:405.807, 1.236.993, 1.324.478, 1.518.892, 1.312.086, 1.324.482, 1.651.845/ OTHER PATENTS PENDING."

Image of Western Air Express Douglas M-2 Air Speed Indicator - 1926-1932

Western Air Express Douglas M-2 Air Speed Indicator - 1926-1932

Air speed indicator from Western Air Express M-2 biplane. Made by Foxboro Co. in Foxboro, MA. U.S. Army Type E. Overhauled in 1976. Dial face shows 0-170 mph with needle. Outer ring has four mounting holes. Back has two tube fixtures. #153456 and 11056.

Image of Western Air Express Aircraft Wing Cross Section - 1930s

Western Air Express Aircraft Wing Cross Section - 1930s

Wooden aircraft wing cross section with wood supports inside wing piece. Top side shows damage and has area missing.

Image of Western Air Express Douglas M-2 Pedal Plane - ca. 1970s

Western Air Express Douglas M-2 Pedal Plane - ca. 1970s

Pedal car built and painted to resemble an open-cockpit Western Air Express Douglas M-2 airplane, the first type of plane flown by Western in 1926. Has a seat and an open metal undercarriage with pedals, wheels and tires. Scale measures 1:1.5 long and 1:2.5 wide.

Image of Western Air Express Douglas M-4 Fuselage Piece - 1926-1931

Western Air Express Douglas M-4 Fuselage Piece - 1926-1931

Piece of aircraft dope and fabric "skin" from right side of a Western Air Express Douglas M-4. Painted red with Western's Indian Head logo in gold/red/black. Zippers allowed access and inspection of the inside of the airplane.

Image of Western Air Express - 1975

Western Air Express - 1975

Painting depicts a night scene with biplanes in a snow-covered field and Western Air Express employees loading bags of mail into a Douglas M-2, NC150, in about 1926. Brass plate attached to bottom of frame engraved: "Presented to Western Airlines Inc. by the Western MEC on behalf of the pilots, August, 5, 1975."

Image of Western Air Express Fokker F-10A, NC215M, Model Airplane - ca. 1975

Western Air Express Fokker F-10A, NC215M, Model Airplane - ca. 1975

Hand-built model of 12-passenger Western Air Express Fokker F-10A, NC215M. Model was built by Eugene Clay of Los Angeles, CA.

Image of Maury Graham's Compass - 1918

Maury Graham's Compass - 1918

Ceebynite compass by Taylor Instrument Companies of Rochester, New York, designed and manufactured in cooperation with the British company Short & Mason. Pocket compass in a metal case like a hunter's-case pocket watch with a spring-hinged circular metal cover, that closes over the face and crystal, protecting them from dust, scratches and damage. Exterior of metal cover is engraved with monogram: "MFG." Inside of cover is engraved: "From Me to You, 2-16-18" Compass has a beveled crystal over a floating aluminum dial with a jewel needle center. Points North (a triangle) and South (a moon) are painted with radium that can be seen at night. Manufacturer's markings: "Ceebynite / Short

Image of Al DeGarmo's Pilot Insignia, License and Commemoratives Set - 1919-1986

Al DeGarmo's Pilot Insignia, License and Commemoratives Set - 1919-1986

Framed set of pilot uniform insignia, or "wings," 1938 pilot license (Identification Card No. 319, issued March 17, 1938), aviation club membership cards, a honorary badge, patch, ribbon and other commemorative items issued to Alva Renfro DeGarmo. The insignia represent early United States military aviation, United Airlines, Western Air Express and Western Air Lines.

Image of Al DeGarmo's Flight Bag -

Al DeGarmo's Flight Bag -

Duffle bag-shaped leather satchel. Two short leather handles, leather strap with brass buckle and metal zipper on top. Leather bag tag attached with a brass buckle. Typed paper label: "A.R. DE GARMO" Eight silver studs on bottom of bag. Stamped on bottom: "GENUINE COWHIDE." Interior lined with fabric. One inside pocket.

Image of Western Air Express Fokker F-10 Seat - 1928-1935

Western Air Express Fokker F-10 Seat - 1928-1935

Brown wicker and mohair seat from 12-passenger Fokker F-10. Missing seat cushions.

Image of Western Air Express Flight Boots - ca. 1928-1932

Western Air Express Flight Boots - ca. 1928-1932

A-B. Pair of insulated flight boots. Moccasin-style, rounded toe brown leather boots with lace up front and Hookless Talon zipper on back of boots. Lined with sheepskin for warmth, with a double layer moccasin sole and tongues front and back.

Image of Western Air Express Flight Gloves - 1920s-1940s

Western Air Express Flight Gloves - 1920s-1940s

A-B. Pair of short leather insulated gloves, fur lined. Adjustable leather wrist strap with metal buckle.

Image of Western Air Express Pilot's Holster and Ammunition Belt - ca. 1926

Western Air Express Pilot's Holster and Ammunition Belt - ca. 1926

Item consists of: A. Holster for a .45 revolver. B. Ammunition belt. C-H. 6 empty cartridges

Image of Pilot Helmet - 1920s

Pilot Helmet - 1920s

Brown leather pilot's helmet. Chin strap with metal buckle. Metal snap closures on sides of helmet to hold googles. Manufacturer's label: "Scully Air Mail Helmet, Scully Bros. Los Angeles" Size Medium.

Image of Western Air Express Flight Crew Nameplate - ca. late 1930s-early 1940s

Western Air Express Flight Crew Nameplate - ca. late 1930s-early 1940s

This flight crew nameplate is a metal holder with plastic (celluloid?) labels printed in black: "Pilot, 2nd Pilot, Stewardess" and spaces for three more name cards. This holder includes a plastic name card for Pilot "W.W. Lewis" and Stewardess "Miss Conner, R.N." The second pilot name plate is missing. The metal holder is mounted to a small piece of gray painted wood.