Diaries, flight logs, correspondence, printed matter, photographs, and memorabilia of the American aviator relating to commercial
aviation in the United States and China before World War II. Includes other family papers and collected material on aviation
An American aviator, Ernest M. Allison was active in the early days of American aviation, where he was one of the first to
fly routes with the US Air Mail service from 1918 to 1927. Allison moved to China in 1929 to serve the China National Aviation
Corporation (CNAC), where he flew mail routes, helped establish and expand the airfield at Shanghai, and oversaw the expansion
of CNAC into a commercial passenger line under Pan-American Airways, eventually serving as a vice president of CNAC. He flew
important missions, including delivering supplies, flying Soong May-Ling (Madame Chiang Kai-Shek) into Shanghai, and flying
Chiang Kai-Shek and Soong May-Ling back to Xi'an after the Xi'an Incident of 1936. Allison was well acquainted with important
figures in aviation such as Charles Lindbergh, Claire Lee Channault, Clement M. Keys, William Langhorne Bond, and Harold M.
Bixby. Allison returned to the United States after the Communist victory in China and worked in aviation in various capacities,
including for Boeing in Seattle.
6 manuscript boxes, 1 cubic foot box, 1 card file box, 1 oversize box
(5.5 linear feet)
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