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    Posted 9 years ago

    scottvez
    (901 items)

    This is a great piece of early aviation history.

    It was inside an album put together by a member of the Langely Field Army Fire Department from 1924- 1927.

    This particular item appears to be a dial from an early aircraft instrument. The note identifies it as being from a JN-6 Jenny airplane that crashed 20 AUG 1924.

    The pilot of the aircraft was Smith DeFrance. DeFrance was a fighter pilot during WW1 with two aerial victories to his credit. After the War he went to college for aeronautical engineering and became an engineer and test pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). He was also the first director of the Ames Research Center. In the late 1950s NACA was absorbed into the newly created NASA and DeFrance continued to run the Center until his retirement in 1965.

    Smith DeFrance's contributions to aeronautics research and development were recognized by his induction into the NASA Ames Hall of Fame.

    Reproduction of these images in any form is not authorized.

    scott

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking chris, official and manikin.

      scott
    2. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks bellin and petey.

      scott
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      Is that all that was left?!
      Brought to you by an aircraft mechanic who promised his mother not to fly in anything he worked on.
    4. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      I am sure there was considerable wreckage-- this is just an easy album piece.

      The album came from a Langely Field firefighter's album.

      scott
    5. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking packrat.

      scott
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      Remember, there is only 1 phase of flying where you can fail. You can fail to get off the ground. You will not fail to come back down. Old A&P's sick humour.
    7. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking walksoftly.

      scott
    8. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking pencap.

      scott
    9. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks for looking majestic.

      scott
    10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      I went back & took a serious look trying to figure what it did on a jenny? 0-5-10 pounds of air? Never worked on a jenny, but still can't figure what it was for. Some basic manifold pres. gauge in the minus? Has anybody identified it?
    11. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks for looking vetraio.

      scott
    12. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks thrifty and mikie.

      scott
    13. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks for looking p...!

      scott

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