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Dunkel (Joseph R.) Personal Papers
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Title: Joseph R. Dunkel Personal Papers
    source: Dunkel, Joseph R.
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10041
    Physical Description: 0.36 Cubic Feet 1 box, 15”x2.5”x11”.
    Date (inclusive): 1896-2014
    Abstract: Joseph J. Dunkel was a veteran parachute jumper and pilot, flying various aircraft from gliders to four-engine bombers. This Collection includes photos documenting Dunkel's life in Aviation.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item], [Filing Unit], [Series Title], [Subgroups], [Record Group Title and Number], [Repository “San Diego Air & Space Museum Library & Archives”]

    Biographical / Historical

    Joseph J. Dunkel was a veteran parachute jumper and pilot, flying various aircraft from gliders to four-engine bombers. He made what is perhaps the earliest known reference to an attempt at a stratospheric jump. Born in 1896 around Cleveland, Ohio, Dunkel began parachuting from a very young age. During the 1930s, he was the leader of a large team of jumpers who gave demonstrations of mass jumps at the Cleveland National Air Races. By the time he was 41, he was a veteran daredevil parachutist and had jumped approximately 1300 times and had trained innumerable parachutists, including various women parachutists also mention in the collection, such as Marie McMillen. In 1938 he announced an attempt at the world’ first stratospheric jump, however the stunt never came to fruition. When the United States entered World War II, Dunkel was hired at Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation, San Diego Division. He married Alice E. Hefner and they had one son, Russell Norman Dunkel.

    Scope and Contents

    Collection consists of 1 box, 15”x2.5”x11”. The collection contains over 200 mostly black and white photographs of stunts and air races, racer aircraft, as well as newspaper clippings, sketches and schematics planning a jump from a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, and materials largely from the 1930s and 1940s.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The materials in this Collection were donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

    Related Materials

    Burton, Walter E. “Twenty-One-Mile Parachute Leap.” Popular Science, August, 1938. Accessed March 31, 2014. http://www.popsci.com/archive-viewer?id=eCYDAAAAMBAJ&pg=5&query=August%201938
    Images from this Collection have been digitized and placed on Flickr

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Stunt flying
    Consolidated B-24 Liberator Family
    Mcmillen, Marie
    Dunkel, Joseph R.
    Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation