Ed Morrow was a key member of the team that built the Spirit of St. Louis
Born in Sherman County, Oregon, Herbert Edwin “Ed” Morrow lived on a farm in Oregon until his early twenties. He studied to
become a machinist, but moved to San Diego in 1922 to learn how to fly. He never intended to work in the aviation industry,
but his mechanical and ironworking skills were sought after. Morrow was a dedicated worker for Ryan Aeronautical, and he was
a key member of the team that built the Spirit of St. Louis. He built the aircraft with precise specifications and requirements
and he had to personally fit some of the parts on the plane under the direct supervision of Lindbergh himself. Morrow was
the last Ryan employee to say goodbye to Lindbergh before his famous flight. Ed Morrow supposedly was the only Ryan employee
to receive two “thank you’s” from Lindbergh – one before the flight, and one during the celebration afterwards. Morrow was
also a roommate of Douglas Corrigan – the “Wrong-Way” pilot – who flew from New York to Ireland.
Morrow retired in El Cajon, California. He was an important figure in designing and rebuilding the replica of the "Spirit
of St. Louis" from memory for the San Diego Air & Space Museum.
1.4 Cubic Feet
There are many material types including photographs, negatives, magazines, books, newspapers, correspondence, blueprints,
and drawings. The collection ranges from the late 1920s to modern day material. It is arranged by material type, size, and
This is a 3 box collection. There is one photograph stored in the Oversized Materials Special Collection (OMSC_00001) box.
It is labeled as MorrowOM_1.
One box measures 15 ½ x 12 ½ x 5 inches. The other two boxes measure 15 ½ x 10 ¼ x 5 inches.
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The collection is open to researchers by appointment