This collection includes materials related to Richard C. du Pont (1911-1943), pioneer in early aircraft and gliders and includes news clippings, official governmental documents related to his work as well as the logbook of his yacht, Nahma.
Richard C. du Pont (1911-1943) was an early pioneer in flight, particularly glider planes. Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, du Pont founded All American Aviation, which later became US Airways, in 1939. Prior to his work with All American, du Pont created to Bowlus-du Pont Sailplane Company in San Fernando, California. With that company, du Pont won many record flights in his glider planes. As the company president at All American, du Pont worked on production of top of the line glider planes as well as an air mail pick up system. After the outbreak of World War II, the United States government asked du Pont to serve as an advisor to their glider program. He was killed in a 1943 glider accident in California.
Scope and Content
Richard C. du Pont miscellany contains items both related to du Pont’s career in aeronautics, but also his sailing vessel, Nahma. Included is the official log book of the boat, describing a voyage from Essington, Pennsylvania in February of 1932. Other items in the collection relate to du Pont’s career, which eventually cost the young pilot his life. Included are reports from the Franklin Institute on the Respess Airship and the Air Mail and Glider Pick-Up and Delivery System. A scrapbook, likely kept by du Pont’s widow, Allaire, further details his distinguished career in flight through newspaper clippings, official government reports, secrecy orders, and correspondence. Also included in the scrapbook are articles and clippings related to du Pont’s death in 1943 at March Field in Riverside County, California.