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George J. Frebert collection on Delaware Aviation

Accession 2288

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Marjorie McNinch, 2006

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, George J. Frebert collection on Delaware Aviation (Accession 2288), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: George J. Frebert collection on Delaware Aviation
Dates: 1896-2001, bulk 1927-1957
Accession Number: 2288
Creator: Frebert, George J., 1929-2002
Extent: 4 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: George J. Frebert (1929-2002), a pilot and aviation enthusiast, published Delaware Aviation History, in 1998. The collection contains both materials used in the preparation of Delaware Aviation History and other items that Frebert collected dealing with Delaware aviation, aviators and airports. Much of the material was copied from historical repositories, but Frebert also collected original materals and photos from other early aviators.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

Gift of the Frebert family

Access Restrictions

Some records closed for 25 years from date of creation.

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Biographical Note

George J. Frebert

George J. Frebert, author of Delaware Aviation History, was born on August 15, 1929 in College Park, Md. His interest in airplanes began early in life, including the building and flying of model airplanes while a boy. He also washed airplanes in return for flying lessons and took his first solo flight on his sixteenth birthday.

Frebert served in the Air Force for four years during the Korean Conflict. On his return to civilian life, he settled in Dover, Delaware, and founded the Dover Litho Printing Company in 1957. He was active in local business organizations, served as president of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce in 1968-1969, and was Small Business Man of the Year in 1986. As his business thrived, Frebert returned to personal flying, obtaining his private, commercial and multi-engine ratings at the Delaware Airpark. His interest in aviation history led him to restore four airplanes.

After retiring from the Dover Litho Printing Company in 1991, Frebert began research on Delaware Aviation History, which was published by his printing company in July 1998. The book covers Delaware aviation history from its beginnings to the end of the twentieth century. The book highlights the careers of Henry Belin du Pont, who founded Atlantic Aviation and welcomed Charles Lindbergh on his visit to Wilmington in 1927, Richard Chicester du Pont and All American Aviation, Inc., and particularly Giuseppe M. Bellanca, the only significant pioneer airplane designer and builder active in Delaware. Frebert died at his home in Smyrna, Delaware, on November 10, 2002.

Katherine Elizabeth "Bunny" Pusey Canning

Katherine E. Pusey, who reverted to her birth name after her 1934 divorce from Theodore William Canning, was the first woman aviator in Delaware and became the chief pilot for the flying delivery service of the Phillips Packing Company of Cambridge, Md. She suffered major injuries in a crash at Pocomoke City, Md., on June 20, 1934, and became a stenographer, but resumed flying as a member of the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.

Pusey's was employed as the chief pilot for the new flying service of the Phillips Packing Company of Cambridge, Maryland in from 1934 to 1935. This company’s product was Phillips Delicious Vegetable Soup. The Phillips Packing Company was the first in the vegetable harvesting and canning business to introduce a flying service. Colonel Albanus was the Phillips Company president, S. Charles Walls the Public Relations man, and Robert D. Turpin the flying mechanic. Katrina (nickname Bunny) Canning owned her own plane and flew it for this service.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains both materials used in the preparation of Delaware Aviation History and other items that Frebert collected dealing with Delaware aviation, aviators and airports. Much of the material was copied from historical repositories, but Frebert also collected original materals and photos from other early aviators.

The main focus is on Giuseppe Bellanca and his Bellanca Aircraft Corporation, the most significant figure in Delaware aviation, but the collection also contains documentation on the work of airline promoter Henry Belin du Pont and pilot Richard Chichester du Pont, including the latter's innovative but short-lived air-mail pick-up system for snagging mail sacks mounted on the ground.

Frebert also collected the personal scrapbooks and other memorabilia of Katrina Elizabeth Pusey, the first woman aviator in Delaware. These document her early work for a flying delivery service, her injuries in a 1934 crash that ended her flying career except for home front activities during World War II, and her bitter divorce from her first husband Theodore William Canning on grounds of adultery, along with the feats of other early woman aviators.

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Separated Material

Frebert’s photographic files were transferred to the Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department.

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Access Points

Aeronautics.
Air pilots.
Airplanes.
Airports.
All American Aviation, Inc.
Atlantic Aviation Corporation
Bellanca Aircraft Corporation.
Bellanca, Guissepe Mario, 1886-1960
Chamberlin, Clarence D. (Clarence Duncan), 1886-1960
Curtiss-Wright Flying Service, Inc.
Delaware aviation history.
Dover (Delaware).
Dover Airport, Inc.
Herndon, Hugh, 1904-1952
Islamoff, Illia I.
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974
Pangborn, Clyde Edward, 1893-1958
Pusey, Katrina E. (Katrina Elizabeth), 1905-1965
Rehoboth Beach (Delaware).
United States. Army Air Forces. Air Transport Command. Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron.
United States. Federal Aviation Administration
Women air pilots.
du Pont, Henry Belin
du Pont, Richard C. (Richard Chichester), 1911-1943
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Published and Unpublished Articles
Scope and Content
Consists of published and unpublished articles, including Frebert’s unpublished manuscript, “G. M. Bellanca and his Record Breaking Planes,” and Thomas Penfield’s 1941 book, Guardians of America: Men and Machines of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps.
Box Folder
1 1 Cox, Jack, "The Aviabellanca Sky Rocket III". Sports Aviation, pp. 66-69., 1998 July
1 2 Brechner, Berl (text and photography). "The Clean Slate Approach." Flying, pp. 46-51., 1983 January
1 3 Martinez, Marc. "Spirit of Wenatchee." Wenatchee World Online Features, 7 p., 1999 January 17
1 4 Aviation Magazine, Vol. 27 No. 13., 1929 September 28
1 5 Aero Digest: One page article by Capt. Boris Sergievsky of the Sikorsky Aviation Corp., "Speed and Altitude", page 81, April 1930; partial issue., 1935 February
1 6 Spenser, Jay P. Bellanca C.F. The Emergence of the Cabin Monoplane in the United States. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press., 1982
1 7 Popular Aviation. Issues Vol. 26, No. 2 (Feb. 1940); Vol. 22 No. 1 (January 1938); Vol. 20, No. 3 (March 1937)., 1937 March, 1938 January, 1940 February
1 8 Air Progress magazine., 1966 September
1 9 Flight Journal., 1998 February
1 10 Canadian Historical Society. The C-A-H-S Journal. Vol. 9, No. 1. Photocopy., 1971
1 11 Bellanca Aircraft Company. FAA History of 1931 Bellanca J-300 "Liberty." Research material donated by George Frebert., 1999 March
1 12 Bellanca Aircraft Company. FAA History of 1928 Bellanca J-300 "Cape Cod." Research material donated by George Frebert., 1999 March
1 13 Bellanca Aircraft Company. FAA History of 1931 J-300 "Miss Veedol." Research material donated by George Frebert., 1999 March
1 14 Bellanca Aircraft Company. FAA History of 1930 Bellanca J-300 "Tradewind." Research material donated by George Frebert., 1999 March
1 15 Bellanca Aircraft Company. FAA History of 1928 Bellanca CH-200, s/n 105 (owned by Henry Belin du Pont). Research material donated by George Frebert., 1999 March
1 16 Frebert, George. G.M. Bellanca and his record breaking planes. Unpublished, N.Y.
1 17 Penfield, Thomas. Guardians of America, Men and Machines of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps. NY: Rand McNally & Company., 1941
1 18 Bellanca Cruisair Senior, 14-13.
1 19 CH-400 and 14-9 Junior.
1 21 Articles about G.M Bellanca (from bound collection of photocopied magazine articles)
1 21 Joseph Scafetta, Jr., "The Man behind the Plane behind the pilots," U.S. Stamp News, pp. 18-20 (from bound collection of photocopied magazine articles), 2000 July-August
1 21 Two articles by Roscoe Deering, "The Bellanca Story," and "Giuseppe Bellanca's Better Built Airplanes" (from bound collection of photocopied magazine articles)
1 21 William T. Larkins, "Bellanca Production List" (from bound collection of photocopied magazine articles)
1 21 Felipe E. Ezquerro, "Bellanca's History Making Aircraft" from the A.A.H.S. Journal (from bound collection of photocopied magazine articles), 1965
1 21 Pages from the internet on Giuseppe M. Bellanca and his planes (from bound collection of photocopied magazine articles)
1 21 Elinor Smith, "My Friend, G.M.," Air and Space (from bound collection of photocopied magazine articles), 1988 August-September
1 21 William P. Frank, "Spirit of Levine Frustrated Lindy Here" (from bound collection of photocopied magazine articles), 1976
1 21 "Aviation's Forgotten Man," Sport Flying (from bound collection of photocopied magazine articles)
1 21 "Bellanca Honored" (from bound collection of photocopied magazine articles), 2000 December
1 21 "An Italian Wright Brother," by Joseph Scafetta, plus the author's original draft (from bound collection of photocopied magazine articles), 2000 October
1 22 Rumm, John. "Airmindedness," The Early Years of Aviation in the Wilmington Region. Unpublished research paper, University of Delaware., 1979
1 23 Morgan, John McC. The Vintage Airplane. Photocopy., 1980 September
1 24 Photocopies of printed material about these Bellanca airplanes: Airbus, P-100; CH-200; Pacemaker, CH-300; Pacemaker, 300-W; Pacemaker, E; Skyrocket, CH-400; Skyrocket, 31-50; Sr. Pacemaker, 31-42; Airbus, P-200; and Aircruiser, 66-70.
1 25 Bellanca Aircraft Corporation, "Bellanca Cruisemaster", published New Castle, DE.
1 26 Bowers, Peter M., "The Early Bellancas," General Aviation News and Flyer, 1995 June 23
1 26 Bowers, Peter M., "More About Bellancas," General Aviation News and Flyer, 1995 October 22
1 26 Bowers, Peter M., "The Littlest Model Enjoyed a Lengthy Life," General Aviation News and Flyer, 1996 January 6
II. Subject Files, 1921-1953
Scope and Content
Consists of Frebert’s general subject files and includes material on All American Aviation and its air mail pick-up system, in which air mail planes would hook mail pouches off the ground, Henry Belin du Pont and Atlantic Aviation, and Giuseppe Bellanca and the Bellanca Aircraft Corporation. Also contains photocopies of incoming and outgoing correspondence of Guiseppe M. Bellanca discussing airplanes.
Box Folder
1 27 William C. Hopson, Air Mail Service
1 27 1st Lieut. P.R Turpin, US War Dept., Aviation General Supply Depot
1 27 C.D. Chamberlin, Aviation General Supply Depot
1 27 Harry G. Smith, Air Mail Service
1 27 Silas M. Bryan of Selover Schultz Mansfield & Bryan
1 27 Columbia Aircraft Corporation
1 27 Earle K. Parker
1 27 The Lawrence Sperry Aircraft Company, Inc.
1 27 Ryan Airlines, Inc./T.C. Ryan, President
1 27 Stanley F. Hausner of Hausner Polish Expedition Committee
1 27 D. M. Martin, President of Bellanca Aircraft of Canada Limited
1 27 Honorable W. D. McFarlane, US House of Representatives
1 27 Charles Lawrence; Philip C. Smith, Vice President of the Inter-Continental Trade Co.
1 27 The-Chuan Kuo, Colonel, Military Attache, Chinese Embassy
1 27 H.L. Thompson, Bellanca Aircraft Corporation
1 27 Faik Fikri Sipahioglu, Chinese Aviation Commission
1 27 Charles A. Adrian
1 27 Dean Alfange
1 27 Fernando Proal
1 27 Mexican Colonel
1 27 L.T. Reichers
1 27 A.F. Haiduck
1 28 Air Mail Pick-up: Photocopies of newspaper articles., 1931, 1933
1 29 Aviation, Advertisements: from Aero Digest and Popular Aviation., 1928-1936
1 30 Aviation History: Miscellany: Commercial airplane license for Henry B. du Pont, 1929; list of aviation published articles; lists of questions to address in history; drawing request; 1934 news article about fire at Bellanca field destroying historic aircraft., 1929, 1934
1 31 Aviators: Stanley Husner, Polish Aviator; Clyde Pangborn, non-stop flight over the Pacific.
1 32 Bellanca Aircraft Corporation: Airplane data?production, sales, patents, design, tests [all photocopies]., 1927-1951
1 33 Bellanca Aircraft Corporation: Formation proposal [photocopy]., 1927
III. Katrina Elizabeth Pusey Canning Files
Scope and Content
Contains the files and scrapbooks of Sussex County aviatrix Katrina Elizabeth Pusey Canning. The scrapbooks document both her work and personal life, including her divorce, and also the feats of other pioneer woman aviators.
Box Folder
2 1 Scrapbook #1: Katrina Canning's employment as the chief pilot for the new flying service of the Phillips Packing Company
2 2 Scrapbook #2: "My Aerial Feets", 1934-1938 [Contains news articles on her plane crash on June 20, 1934 in Pocomoke City, Maryland and her recovery; the end of her marriage to Theodore William Canning in 1934; her mother, Mrs. Edward R. Pusey, who lived between Rehoboth and 1212 Delaware Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware; and other flying events]
2 3 Scrapbook #3, 1934-1942 [Contains news and magazine articles about airplanes, male and female aviators, aviatrix Mildred Johnson, who initiated air shopping; report on Katrina Canning’s injuries in her June 20, 1934 plane crash (mentioned above); Christmas cards; military air flight and the Women’s Auxiliary Flying Squadron (WAFS); and a 1942 handwritten list of what to do when receiving an airplane distress call, flight plans, and squadron formations.]
2 4 Scrapbook #4: "My Treasure Scrapbook", 1929-1931
Box Folder
4 1 Scrapbook #5 [Documents her years with the Civil Air Patrol in Dover, Delaware]; Oversize box
Box Folder
5 1 Scrapbook #6, 1934-1946 [Subjects include: End of World War II, Fort Miles, Delaware; Rehoboth Airport; German U-boat crew surrender at Fort Miles; Capt. Wenyon’s report on “flying mayonnaise”; Bridge collapse at Indian River Inlet; Katrina Pusey’s divorce; Katrina Pusey Canning’s suit against her husband’s mistress; 1946 wedding of Katrina Pusey; weddings of friends; aviator Clarence Chamberlin; Giuseppe Bellanca.]; Oversize Box
Box Folder
2 5 Pilot's licenses
2 5 Medical certificate for flying
2 5 Birth certificate
2 5 Certificate of Service, Civil Air Patrol, 1942 December 12-1943 August 31
2 5 US Department of the Air Force, Certificate of Honorable Service
2 5 Photograph of Katrina piloting an airplane
2 5 US Department of Commerce, Aeronautics Branch, Letter of Course completion for a commercial pilot's license at the Curtiss-Wright Airport in Baltimore, MD, 1931 January 3
2 5 Two exams Mrs. Canning completed at the Curtiss-Wright Airport
2 5 Curtiss-Wright Flying Service flyer with Mrs. K. Canning's picture as a commercial pilot
2 5 Katrina Canning's typed story about flying an Irish Setter pup to Texas titled, "Red Cloudburst wins his wings or To Texas for the Week-end.", 1934
2 5 News clippings about Katrina and her husband taking flying lessons, 1930-1931
2 5 Katrina's employment with the Phillips Packing Company, her airplane crash, and news photos of Katrina with other aviatrix., 1934
2 6 Correspondence with Mildred G. Johnson, aviatrix and Katrina Canning's contemporary
2 6 Correspondence with Mr. G. E. Woods, School Director, Curtiss-Wright Flying Service, Baltimore, MD
2 6 Correspondence with Earl and Carolyn Willson, the Coastal Air Patrol Bulletin from Rehoboth, DE.
2 7 Correspondence with the Gregg Publishing Company of New York City, 1935
2 8 Cruppers Club meeting notices, poems, speech, schedules, 1931
2 9 Phillips Pacing Company's new flying service for whom Katrina Canning worked flying her plane, news clipping, 1934
2 9 Plane landing on a highway in Baltimore, MD, news clipping, 1938
2 9 Article by and about young aviator Eddie Schneider
2 10 Photographs: Cast of an all soldier musical at Fort Miles in 1943 called "Rolling Abroad"
IV. Delaware Aviation History
Scope and Content
Consists of materials that Frebert collected specifically for his book, again with a heavy emphasis on Bellanca, including a scrapbook of original Bellanca advertisements.
Box Folder
3 1 Assorted Personnel, 1931, 1936, 1987 [Biographical and picture file of aviators and related air personnel, including Ilia I. Islamoff, Russell Boardman, Elinor Smith, Dorothy Brown Bellanca, Giuseppe Mario Bellanca (1886-1960), Joe Polando, Clarence Chamberlin, Louis A. Levine, and some unidentified persons. [All photocopies, no sources given].]
3 2 News articles about the Biggs Airfield, New Castle, Delaware
3 2 Copy of the lease for Biggs Airfield, New Castle, Delaware
3 2 Biggs Airfield, New Castle, Delaware (copies of photographs)
3 Dover, Delaware Airfield, 1933, 1997. Two original photographs and one copy of the airfield. Booklet of the Dover Airport dedication, 1933., 1933, 1997
3 3 Dover Airport, Inc., 1933-1936
3 3 Board of Directors meeting, 1935
3 3 Blank stock certificate of Dover Airport, Inc.
3 3 Letter from Herman O. Taylor to unidentified recipient, 1934
3 3 Photographs (2)
3 4 Booklet issued by All American Engineering, Inc., about the test facility
3 4 Photocopies of letters, news articles and photographs relating to the Georgetown Airfield as a U.S. Navy air training field
3 4 Photocopies of the Lewes, Delaware, Coast Guard Station in World War II
3 4 Minimum Standards and Requirements for the conduct of Commercial Aeronautical Services and Activities at the Sussex County Airport
3 4 Photocopy of map of the Georgetown airport from the Delaware Public Archives
3 4 World War II era photographs, Georgetown, Delaware (4)
3 4 Aerial photo of the airport, Georgetown, Delaware, 1995
3 4 Photograph of the airports, Georgetown, Delaware, 1995
3 4 Georgetown, Delaware, 3 slides
3 5 Milford, Delaware Airfield photographs, 1951-1952
3 6 New Castle County Airport: photograph of the statue of Nancy Love representing the Women's Auxiliary Flying Squadron of World War II., 1998
3 7 Rehoboth, Delaware, Airfield 1: Copies of news articles about and notice of a parachute jump by Mickey Efferson, 1940 July 14
3 7 Rehoboth, Delaware, Airfield 1: Copy of news article re purchase of land for the airport by Air Service, Inc., 1937
3 7 Rehoboth, Delaware, Airfield 1: Copy of "Learn to Fly" notice, 1938
3 7 Rehoboth, Delaware, Airfield 1: Dedication program of the Rehoboth Airport and copies of news articles re the dedication, 1938 June 3-4
3 7 Rehoboth, Delaware, Airfield 1: News article about a plane landing in Rehoboth, 1938
3 7 Rehoboth, Delaware, Airfield 1: Copy of an article titled, "B-17 lands at Rehoboth Airport.", 1941
3 7 Rehoboth, Delaware, Airfield 1: Copies of news articles about fly-ins to Rehoboth
3 7 Rehoboth, Delaware, Airfield 1: Two sheets of notes by George Frebert
3 7 Rehoboth, Delaware, Airfield 1: "This was Rehoboth Beach," by Jack Beach, published by Media Associates, 1984
3 7 Rehoboth, Delaware, Airfield 1: Postcard of aerial view of Rehoboth airport
3 7 Rehoboth, Delaware, Airfield 1: Copies of single sheet annual reports for Aircrafters, Inc., an airplane sales and service business based at the Rehoboth Airport, 1945-1968
3 7 Rehoboth, Delaware, Airfield 1: Copy of Aircrafters, Inc., dissolution records, 1984
3 7 Rehoboth, Delaware, Airfield 1: Copy of news story about the Rehoboth Airport, 1986
3 8 Rehoboth, Delaware, Airfield 2, 1937-1997 [The second folder holds: photographs, negatives and slides of the airfield and airplanes, 1937-1949 and 1997. Most of these photos are original with labels in red ink attached with tape. Aviators shown include: Alma Fooks, Jack Beach, James Benedict, Ed Chamberlin, Charles Clements, Dan Cochran, Mickey Efferson, and David Kenton. One photo shows three-year old Ernest Thompson with Delaware Governor Richard McMullen and Delaware Secretary of State Charles Terry, 1937. There are also photos of the AOPA fly-in to Rehoboth.]
3 9 Issue of Coupe Capers out of North Carolina, 1998 September
3 9 Photocopies of the Verville Company Air Coach and Verville Sportsman
3 9 Airway map of the state of Delaware
3 9 Two copies of the winter issue of the Delaware Pilots Association News, 1999
3 9 Scrapbook page with four articles, one about the Rehoboth Air Service organization, one about the Du Pont Airport, one about Alexis I. du Pont being forced to land his plane, and one about a plane called the "Cloud Hopper."
3 10 American Aviation Historical Society Journal issues, 1958, 1965
3 11 Aviation/Bellanca: People photographs, 1929-1930 [This file holds copies of photographs of individuals and groups. The individuals include: Giuseppe Mario Bellanca, Sandi Sandoz, Billy Haldeman, George W. Haldeman, Clyde Pangborn, and R. B. C. Noorduyn. Groups include: G. M. Bellanca with Lewis A. Yancy and Roger Q. Williams, factory reception to the Yancy-Williams flight; 1912 group on French Farman biplane; G. M. Bellanca with George Haldeman and Shirley Short; Shirley J. Short, Elinor Smith, George Haldeman, and R. B. C. Noorduyn; J. Wesley Smith and George W. Haldeman.]
3 12 Bellanca aircraft: Ann Harding and Harry Bannister plane. Copies of signed photos.
3 13 "Bellanca: The Early Years," Part II, by John McC. Morgan in issue of The Vintage Airplane, 1974 October
3 13 Early Bellanca aircraft: Parts III & IV, "Bellanca Aircruisers Serving Useful Careers"
3 13 Early Bellanca aircraft: News article, "The Fastest and Finest Air Freighter in Canada", 1935
3 13 Early Bellanca aircraft: News article, "$175,000 Blaze Destroys Noted Plane Columbia", 1934 January 26
3 13 Early Bellanca aircraft: News article, "New York Flight Success Seen in Record 51-Hour Cruise of the Bellanca", 1927
3 13 Early Bellanca aircraft: Aircraft include: 1938 Model 66-75 Aircruiser, 1938
3 13 Early Bellanca aircraft: 1930 14-passenger Airbus with Conqueror engine, 1930
3 13 Early Bellanca aircraft: Airplane with CF-AWR on side
3 13 Early Bellanca aircraft: Aircraft with CF-AWR on side with W. Leigh Brintnell written on front, 1935 July 10
3 13 Early Bellanca aircraft: Airplane with CF-BKV on side
3 13 Early Bellanca aircraft: Airbus 15-seat or Aircruiser 8-seat Club-Salon Wright Cyclone
3 13 Early Bellanca aircraft: Bellanca 140 Columbia, Columbus Aircraft Corp., 1927
3 13 Early Bellanca aircraft: Bellanca CF Anzani, 1910, 1917, 1922
3 13 Early Bellanca aircraft: Copy of letter from Ilia Islamoff to Johnnie Mac, 1974 December 27
3 14 Bellanca Cape Cod, Special J300, copy of sketch of plane., 1947
3 15 "The Irish Swoop," Copy of sketch of plane from an unidentified magazine., 1984
3 16 "Miss Liberty," Handwritten information sheet on this plane, a Bellanca Pacemaker sold to the Polish government and flown to Poland in 1934 by pilot Holger Hoiriis; copies of photographs., 1931
3 17 Lituanica, Bellanca CH-300 replica, Article from Aviation History., 1996
3 18 "Miss Veedol," a Bellanca Skyrocket, 1971-1977, 1998 [In 1931 pilots Hugh Herndon and Clyde Pangborn flew the “Miss Veedol” across the Atlantic. Dr. Leon M. Pisculli, M.D., purchased the “Miss Veedol” from Hugh Herndon in August 1932. It was painted white and renamed “The American Nurse,” In the fall of 1932, the plane attempted a second transatlantic flight but was lost at sea. In this folder are copies of letters, photographs and news articles about the first flight and the fate of the “Miss Veedol.” The letters are between Ilia I. Islamoff and Vera M. (Mrs. T. A.) Weaver, Gregory C. Krohn. There are obituaries for both Hugh Herndon and Clyde Pangborn.]
3 19 Bellanca "Peru," Copies of photographs., 1928-1929
3 20 Bellanca "Roma," a Pathfinder, Copies of photographs., 1928-1929
3 21 Bellanca "Rosemarie," Model J, Copies of photographs, one of them showing the front of the Bellanca plant., 1928
3 22 Bellanca "Skyrocket Special,"Copies of photographs, information sheets and sketches, Copy of article, "Bellanca," by G. James Alaback of Model Aviation., 1930-1935, 1982-1983
3 23 Bellanca "Three Musketeers," Model J, Copy of a photogaaph.
3 24 Bellanca "Airbus/Aircruiser," Handwritten information sheets, cards, copies of additional information sheets and sketches., 1930, 1971
3 25 Bellanca Model T-14-14. Primary trainer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Copies of photographs, one of which shows women at work on the plane., 1941
3 26 Chicago Daily News planes, Blue Streak and Tandem, Copies of photographs and sketches. One photograph shows the pilot, Shirley J. Short., 1929
3 27 Irvin Air Chute Company plane, Copies of photographs, one showing pilot Elinoor Smith., 1929
3 28 "Copy of Bellanca Cruisair" article in Air Facts, 1950 September
3 28 Copy of typwritten article on Bellanca history by Thomas F. Bayard, 1979
3 28 Copy of an untitled and undated article
3 29 Bellanca CE, Copies of photographs., 1918, 1930
3 30 Bellanca CH-200, Ship #123 and #126, Copies of photographs., 1929
3 31 Bellanca CH-200, Ship #102, Copies of photographs and information sheet., 1928
3 32 Bellanca CH-300, Copies of photographs., 1930
3 33 Bellanca CH-400, Copy of plane flying over the U.S. Capitol.
3 34 Bellanca Fairchild AT-21BL (gunner), Copies of photographs and a news article, "Bonded Plywood 'Flying Classroom' Planes Soon to Roll out of New Bellanca Factory.", 1943
3 35 Bellanca JE-1 Navy plane, Copy of photograph.
3 36 Bellanca Junior, Model 14-9, Copies of photographs and an article from Aero Digest, February 1938, entitled "Bellanca Junior." Original and advertisement for this monoplane., 1937-1938
3 37 Pacemaker, CH-200 and Senior Pacemaker Model 31-42, Copies of photographs.
3 38 Pacemaker, CH-300, Copies of information sheet and photographs. One of them shows the Bellanca factory., 1929
3 39 Bellanca 1935 Pacemaker and Pacemaker 400, Article from Aero Digest, August 1934, on the 1935 Pacemaker; copy of information sheet on the Pacemaker 400., 1934-1935
3 40 Bellanca Packard, diesel powered, Copies of photographs.
3 41 Bellanca Tri-Motor Plane: Copy of handwritten text about airmen Alex Papana and Alba Julia, 1938-1939
3 41 Bellanca Tri-Motor Plane: Copies of photographs
3 41 Bellanca Tri-Motor Plane: Bellanca Model 28-90, Flash type mail plane, 1934
3 41 Bellanca Tri-Motor Plane: Copies of photographs, including ones by Victor Dallin and Margaret Bourke-White
3 41 Bellanca Tri-Motor Plane: Photograph of pilots Clyde Pangborn and Andy Haiduck.
3 42 Bellanca Model 28-92, The Dorothy, Copy of sketch., 1936
3 43 Bellanca Model 28-92, two-engine ranger, Copies of information sheet and photographs., 1938
3 44 Bellanca Model 77-140, twin engine bomber, Copies of photographs., 1934
3 45 Bellanca "Viking," Copy of article titled, "Bellanca Viking," from AOPA Pilot., 1986
3 46 Wright Bellanca WB-1, #15, Photocopies of two photographs.
3 47 Bellanca XSE-2, Photocopies of one photograph.
3 48 Bellanca XSOE-1 and XSE-1, Copies of photographs which include test set-ups., 1923-1935
3 49 Testing, Copy of sheet of CP-3 tow target test at University of Maryland, and copies of photographs of structural testing at New Castle, Delaware, 1953
3 50 Bellanca Employees: Safety awards, Copies of photographs; no identification of employees.
3 51 Bellanca Employees: Correspondence, news articles, obituary, and resume., 1971-1984 [Correspondence includes letters between Ilia Islamoff and John Mc.C Morgan of Summit Aviation, Inc., in Middletown, Delaware, and Ted Buchlin. Obituary and news article about John McC. Morgan. Resumé of Andrew F. Jaiduck. [Photocopies].]
3 52 "Bellanca, the Early Years," Part II, by John McC. Morgan, from The Vintage Airplane., 1974 October
3 52 First flight off Bellanca Field, Delaware, photocopies of photographs., 1928
3 52 "Bellanca: The Last Days," Copies of news articles., 1956
3 52 Bellanca after 1941, "25 Years of Aviation Progress: The Story of Bellanca Aircraft Corporation on its Silver Anniversary." Copies of news articles.
3 52 Bellanca Achievements, Copies of lists of the company's achievements., 1947
3 52 Bellanca Factory Building, Photocopies of exterior and interior views of the Bellanca plant, New Castle, Del, Original photograph of aerial view., 1929-1945, 1933
3 52 Nancy Seaman, "Those Magnificent Men in their Delaware Flying Machines," Delaware Today, 1966 June-July
3 52 Islamoff, Ilia I., Articles and letters by and about Bellanca engineer and designer Ilia I. Islamoff. Correspondents include: E. R. (Ted) Tucklin, Winifred Islamoff, and John McC. Morgan. There is also a copy of Islamoff?s vitae., 1971-1988
3 52 "History and Technical Contributions of Bellanca Aircraft Corporation," edited by Andrew F. Haiduck, Bellanca chief engineer., 1932-1942
3 52 Twenty-fifth anniversary of the Bellanca Aircraft Corporation plant, 1952. Copies of news articles and photographs., 1952
Box Folder
4 2 Bellanca advertisements: Scrapbook of original Bellanca aircraft advertisements, 1919-1946 [Six of the ads are copies, and these are undated. The front of the scrapbook contains the cover of Time magazine for July 4, 1927, with Giuseppe Mario Bellanca on it. There is also one loose advertisement, ca. 1945, “What Type Peacetime Plane Will You Fly?”]
Box Folder
3 53 "Bellanca News Bulletin", 1937 April, 1937 August, 1942 November
3 53 "Bellanca FLASH", 1944 June-July, 1944 September, 1945 February
3 55 Allen, Leon Spaulding, and Capt. J. Mollison, Copies of photograph., 1936
3 55 Brock, William, Copies of photograph., 1928
3 55 Chamberlin, Clarence, Copies of news articles and photograph., 1927
3 55 DePinedo, Francesco, Gen., Italian pilot, Copies of photographs and news articles about his death in a plane crash.
3 55 Earhart, Amelia, News articles about her disappearance.
3 55 Hayford, Mrs. Frances, Copy of photograph.
3 55 Holiday, Randolph, Copy of photograph, 1930
3 55 Julian, Colonel (African American), Copies of photographs.
3 55 Lindbergh, Charles A., Literary Digest article, "Why the World Makes Lindbergh its Hero.", 1927
3 55 Nagle, Robert A., copy of photograph.
3 55 Nagoya, Y., Capt., copy of obituary., 1957
3 55 Short, Shirley J., Chicago Daily News pilot, Copies of photographs.
3 55 Smith, Ed., copies of news articles., 1974
3 55 Young, Howard P., copies of photographs.
V. Personal Files
Scope and Content
Consists of Frebert’s personal files, including correspondence with archives and material on book promotion. The bulk of this series dates from the 1990s and is subject to time seal. However, there are also many historical items similar to those found in Series I and II, including a scrapbook on the Rehoboth airfield, a brief biography of Maj. George S. Welch, and a short history of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Box Folder
3 56 Air Mobility Command Museum Foundation, Inc., Dover Air Force Base, 1999
3 57 Aviation book promotion, 1998
3 58 Biographical, 1997-1999
3 59 Correspondence, 1997-2001 [The letters concern Frebert’s research for his Delaware aviation book. Correspondents include: Richard S. Allen, Capt. Douglas E. Anderson, Walter J. Beachell, Barbara Benson, Ted Bellak, F. Clifton Berry, Jr., Shirley Burden, Ted Burris, George Carpetto, Dan Cullman, Barbara D. Hall, Dan Hagedorn, Dick Hayford, George Jones, Esq., H. C. Leydecker, Walter J. McGinnis, Frank H. Nichols, Joseph Scafetta, Jr., Bob Schwartz, David Schwartz, John Underwood, and Fred W. Vetter.]
3 60 Delaware State Air Code, 1923
3 60 Information for researchers, National Archives, College Park, Md., 1996
3 60 Article, "Delaware Birdmen: The Wilmington Aero Club and the Delaplane," by Alan Hawk, 1910-1912
3 60 Brief biography of Maj. George S. Welch
3 60 Supplement to the Directory of Licensed Pilots, 1926
3 60 Directory of Licensed Pilots, 1928
3 60 Air Commerce Bulletin, "Radio Approach System Assists Airmen to Land under Low Ceilings", 1934
3 60 Descriptions of Airports and Landing Fields in the U.S., 1938
3 60 Delaware Gov. C. Douglas Buck's declaration, 1930
3 60 Roof marking campaign
3 60 "A Brief History of the Federal Aviation Administration and its Predecessor Agencies"
3 60 Jack Beach material
3 60 Illustration of the Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe
3 60 News ad, "Now You Can Learn to Fly for Only $64"
3 60 Pilot's ID card for Forrest P. Wenyon, 1896
3 60 Flyer, "Runway Finder"
3 60 ABC Book of Flying put out by the Standard Oil Company
3 60 Aviation stamps
3 60 "Airline Airports: Locations", 1958
3 60 Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame, 1998
Box Folder
4 3 Scrapbook #5 Compiled by George J. Frebert, 1968-1977 [Items in it include news clippings about the following: Rehoboth, DE airport and the city of Rehoboth; Delaware pilots, aviators such as Stanley Schatunoff and Everett Marvin Smith; Aircrafters, Inc., Harold Wallin, owner (Mr. Wallin’s planes tow advertisements above Rehoboth Beach; Air Exec, Inc. of Sussex County, DE; Sussex airport; airplane accidents. Other items include: advertisements for the Rehoboth Airport; two letters of Stanley Schatunoff, 1976; and two photographs of airplanes.]
Box Folder
5 2 Dover Post issues re the Dover Airport, 1997 August 6, 1997 December 17
5 2 New York Times, (fragile), re Richard E. Byrd's adventure in Antarctica., 1930 May 4
5 2 Sikorsky Aviation Corp. newspaper: story of the Sikorsky Amphibion (flying boat), 1930
5 2 Delaware newspaper articles promoting George Frebert's book.
5 2 Delaware State News, George Frebert's letter to the editor., 1998 May 11
5 2 Newspaper articles about Charles A. Lindbergh
5 2 Flyer newspaper, with article on Bellanca on page 26., 1999 February 5
5 2 Photocopies of articles on the Rehoboth Airport.
5 2 Two pages of clippings: Du Pont Airport; Rehoboth Airport; air mail pick-up.
5 2 Time magazine, with Giuseppe Bellanca on cover., 1934 December 31