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Wilson Aero Corp. photograph album
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Description
Photograph album with 24 photographs depicting Wilson Aero Corp.'s motion picture work. Photographs include on the set images of Dawn Patrol (1930), the comedy short Plane Crazy (1930), and Paul Sloane's War Correspondent (1932) starring Jack Holt. The album documents much of the activity of the Wilson Aero Corp. and may have functioned as a sales tool--glamourous images of film shoots, various planes, and photographs of the turret camera mount that allowed for 360 degree in-air tracking shots. The cover of the album reads "Jimmie Clark/Wilson Aero Corp.,/The Home of Aerial Movies./Burbank, California". Some of the planes highlighed a Thomas Morse, a Speedwing Travelair, a Fiske with a 180 H.P. Hispana Suiza engine, and a Special C-3-B Stearman.
Background
The Wilson Aero Corp. was founded by borther Tave and Roy Wilson, two of the biggest names in early stunt aviation. The Wilson brothers owned the only airport ever licensed exclusively for motion picture work. Tave Wilson was a camera pilot and his younger brother Roy was a stunt pilot. Roy's career took off after his work on Howard Hughes' Hell's Angels (1930) at which point he and Tave were able to open their airfield. Roy Wilson died during the filming of War Correspondence (1932) while attempting a stunt flight. Tave Wilson quit flying shortly thereafter and sold the airfield in 1937.
Extent
1.29 linear feet. 1 box
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