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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 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 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 Air Traveler's Packet - ca. 1926

Air Traveler's Packet - ca. 1926

Amenity kit consisting of a packet of cotton balls and piece of Wrigley's P.K. Chewing Gum and a small glassine envelope. Envelope is printed in green: "Air Traveler's Packet / Containing Bauer & Black Absorbent Cotton for plugging ears and Wrigley's Chewing Gum for your comfort"

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 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.

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 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 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 Biplane Cable Wrench - ca. 1924

Biplane Cable Wrench - ca. 1924

Small wooden wrench for tightening the wing cables on biplanes such as Delta's Huff Daland Duster crop dusters and Western Air Express Douglas M-2 mail/passenger planes.

Image of Western Air Express Compass - 1928-1931

Western Air Express Compass - 1928-1931

Floating compass with horizontal face in glass bowl and tripod metal holder. Three mounting holes on base. Dataplate on bottom: "Aircraft Compass, MK.JV, BU. AERO U.S.N., Serial No. 730-29."

Image of Western Air Express Pilot Goggles - ca.1930s

Western Air Express Pilot Goggles - ca.1930s

Goggles with green tinted glass eye pieces, metal frame, cotton strap attached with metal buckles, leather lining. "BALLARD" written on strap.

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 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 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 Salt and Pepper Set - ca. 1930s

Western Air Express Salt and Pepper Set - ca. 1930s

A-B. Pair of small hard plastic (celluloid?) ivory-colored shakers. Each shaker has a red and black Western Air Express logo label on one side.

Image of Western Air Express Oscilloscope - ca. 1937-1938

Western Air Express Oscilloscope - ca. 1937-1938

Graphoscope 126 dynamic tester oscilloscope made by Clough-Brengle. Table model in metal case. Alternating current supply (AC), 115 Volt, Sweep rate: 15 to 30000 Hz.

Image of Western Air Express Barograph - ca. 1930s

Western Air Express Barograph - ca. 1930s

Barograph, a barometer that records barometric pressure over time, consisting of brass parts inside a glass and black metal display case. Parts include an aneroid cell, a recording arm and revolving cylindrical drum that was wrapped with a piece of paper.