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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Title: Wally Timm Personal Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10142
    Physical Description: 0.43 Cubic Feet one box 15” x 5” X 10.5”
    Date (inclusive): 1893-1978
    Abstract: Wall D. Timm was an aviation mechanic and a Signal Corps instructor. Then during the 1920s, he became a barnstormer and Hollywood stunt pilot. After WWII, he worked for Beechcraft.

    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

    Wally D. Timm was born in Lakefield, Minnesota, in 1893. He worked closely with his brother Otto in designing aircraft. Wally started out in 1910 as a mechanic for Al Wilson in exchange for flying lessons. He worked for the Signal Corps Aviation School as an instructor in 1917- 1918. In 1921 he flew an airplane from Venice, CA, to Lone Pine, CA, and then to Bishop, CA, in a record time of four hours and five minutes. He also worked for Hollywood during this time with partner Frank Clark. He barnstormed from 1921 to 1928, and eventually, in 1934, he formed the Timm Airplane Company with his brother Otto. They designed the Timm T-S140.
    After World War II, he partnered with Norm Larson to sell Beechcraft planes at Glendale Airport. One of these planes, a Beechcraft Bonanza, called the Waikiki Beach, was piloted by Bill Odom on a record setting flight and is now on display in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Wally remained active in aviation into the 1950s. He passed away in El Cajon, CA on April 29, 1978, at the age of 81.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of one box 15” x 5” X 10.5” containing photographs, news articles, telegrams, memos, an award certificate, and flyers, including autographed materials.

    Related Materials

    Related SDASM Resources: AL-191 – J.D. Fairchild, album containing 1920s barnstorming photos. Stunt flyer photos.
    Related Research Institutions: For the Beechcraft : Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Independence Ave at 6th St, SW, Washington, DC 20560 Archives Phone: (703) 572-4045 http://airandspace.si.edu/

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Stunt flying
    Timm Aircraft Corp
    Beechcraft (Airplanes)
    Motion Pictures
    Timm, Wally D.
    Goebel, Arthur Cornelius
    Clarke, Frank