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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Title: John Thad Johnson Personal Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10080
    Physical Description: 0.36 Cubic Feet One box 10” X 15” X 2.5”
    Date (inclusive): 1895-1927
    Abstract: J. Thad Johnson was a WWI navy pilot in training for most of WWI. After the war he participated in the first transcontinental flight from New York to San Francisco and other aviation feats.

    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”]

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

    Biographical / Historical

    John Thad Johnson was born in 1895. He was educated at Trinity College in Waxahachi, Texas. When World War I broke out, he volunteered. He was initially trained at Leon Springs, Texas. He was commissioned on May 17, 1917, and sent to the aviation division at Rockwell Field (the present Naval Air Station North Island) for pilot training and though he was in France in 1918, he does not appear to have engaged in combat.
    After the war, he participated in the first transcontinental flight from New York to San Francisco in 1919. During a flight in 1925 his engine quit and he was forced to parachute 10,000 feet into an orchard. He was not injured, but made the newspapers for this action. On July 2, 1927, he was part of an honor guard escorting Charles Lindberg in the Spirit of Saint Louis at MacDonald field, Ottawa, Canada. During this flight, his aircraft collided with another as he was coming in to land, and he was killed when his parachute failed to open properly.
    There is now a street leading to the industrial section of the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport that is named after him.

    Scope and Contents

    One box 10” X 15” X 2.5” containing letters, photographs, and newspaper clippings and scrapbook pages.

    Related Materials

    Jackrabbits to Jets, a History of Naval Air Station North Island call no. VG 94.5.S3.S84 1992. History of Rockwell Field Call no. MSS.UG.634.5.R65.A75 1923.
    Related Research Institutions:
    Secondary Sources: Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport – Brief History http://ottawa-airport.ca/corporate/about-us/history

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War, 1914-1918
    Rockwell Field
    Johnson, John Thad
    Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus)
    Naval Air Station North Island (Calif.)
    United States. Army. Air Service
    General Mitchell Field (Wis.)