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Tanner (Emmett) Personal Papers
SDASM.SC.10182  
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Description
Emmet Tanner enlisted in the Army at the start of World War I. In 1919, Tanner won the first transcontinental air race from San Francisco to New York City in a de Havilland plane (the first of the Western flyers to make the trip).
Background
Emmet Tanner enlisted in the Army at the start of World War I. In 1919, Tanner won the first transcontinental air race from San Francisco to New York City in a de Havilland plane (the first of the Western flyers to make the trip). Additionally, he piloted Lydia “Grandma” Kahl, in her eighties, making her the oldest woman to fly. He also holds a patent on a rotary gas engine which helped increase engine power for future aircraft.
Extent
.4 Cubic Feet This is a one box collection with measurements 15 ¼ x 10 ½ x 5 inches. The collection contains newspaper clippings, patent documents, and drawings, certificates, photographs, and a photographic album. It also contains four panoramic photographs rolled up into scrolls.