San José State University
Physical Description: 6 boxes
Series Scope and Content Summary
The material in this series documents the San José State University Aeronautics Department. It includes photographs depicting
people associated with the Aviation Department such as students and Professor Leonard, chairman of the Aviation Department
(1954-1985). Other photos depict the different incarnations of the Aviation Lab and the department's equipment, conferences
or social gatherings, such as the Federal Aviation Administration Flight Instructor's Seminar. Of note, one department scrapbook
includes famous pilots including Amelia Earhart, Sir Charles Kingsford, Charles Lindbergh, and there is a a photograph of
an Aviation Department professor meeting U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
The collection also includes reports, papers, and business correspondence concerning the building of a fuel test cell facility
within the Aviation department, reports on noise suppression for the test cell, news concerning the department, a scrapbook
concerning a 1981 air collision in San José, and news concerning the Flying 20, a student organization associated with San
José State University.
The Flying Twenty was originally formed in San Jose in 1939 for flight enthusiasts associated with San Jose State College.
After the passing of California Executive Order 82, which prohibits university students from using non-commercial carriers
for university-related activities, the Flying 20 club and other California flying clubs lost access to university funds.
Many of the articles in this series chronicle the Flying 20's attempt to change or repeal California Executive Order 82.
This series is arranged by format and chronologically by date range.