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Title Western Air Express Boeing 247D Ashtray
Date ca. 1934-1937
Collection Aircraft Parts & Furnishings Collection
Object Name Ashtray
Catalog Number 1987.120.3
Description Ashtray from Western Air Express Boeing 247D, NC13315. Rounded metal container with roll top and small knob handle.
Diameter (in) 3.312
Height (in) 1.75
Provenance Ashtray from Western Air Express Boeing 247D, NC13315, which crashed on January 12, 1937, near Newhall, California in poor weather conditions while flying from Salt Lake City to Burback, California. Of the three crew and ten passengers on board, one crew member and four passengers perished.

Passengers included famous explorers, Martin and Osa Johnson. Martin died in the hospital from injuries sustained in the crash. Osa was severely injured but recovered.

From the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum's site: "In the first half of the 20th century an American couple from Kansas named Martin and Osa Johnson captured the public’s imagination through their films and books of adventure in exotic, far-away lands.

Photographers, explorers, naturalists and authors, Martin and Osa studied the wildlife and peoples of East and Central Africa, the South Pacific Islands, and British North Borneo. They explored then unknown lands and, through their films, writings, and lectures, brought back knowledge of cultures thousands of miles away.

From 1917 to 1936, the Johnsons set up camp in some of the most remote areas of the world and provided an unmatched photographic record of the wildernesses of Kenya, the Congo, British North Borneo and the Solomon and New Hebrides Islands. Their equipment was the most advanced motion picture apparatus of the day, some of it designed by Martin Johnson himself."
Search Terms Western Air Express
Western Airlines
Boeing 247D
California
Pacific (U.S.)
Subjects Smoking
Aircraft
Airplanes
Aircraft accidents
Celebrities
Credit line Gift of William Duncan Robertson to Western Airlines