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Photograph of airmail pilot Shirley J. Short

Description:

Shirley J. Short flew as a postal airmail pilot from March 2, 1923 until August 31, 1927. He posed for this photograph in his de Havilland DH-4B airmail plane. The de Havilland aircraft were matched with specific pilots, with that pilot's name being painted on his airplane. During much of that time he flew the mail between Chicago, Illinois and Cleveland, Ohio. He was a solid and reliable airmail pilot, and in recognition of his service he was selected as the recipient of the 1926 Harmon Trophy for the United States, an award given by the Ligue Internationale des Aviators. The award sponsors chose Short "in recognition of [Short's] splendid achievements during the year 1926." In that year, Short had flown 718 hours without any serious accident in all kinds of weather, through winter and summer on regularly scheduled trips, 47% of which were night flights. On March 6, 1927, Short was invited to a ceremony honoring his award at the White House.

National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection

Photographer: Unknown

Date:
c. 1921
Medium:
paper; photo-emulsion
Dimensions:
Height x Width (unframed): 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)
Museum ID:
A.2009-19
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Credits:
National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection
Photographer: Unknown
Additional Records
  • Photograph of airmail pilot Max Miller and superintendent Benjamin Lipsner
  • Photograph of airmail pilot Paul Collins
  • Photograph of airmail pilot Paul Collins and bag of first overnight airmail
  • Photograph of airmail pilot Reuben Wagner
  • Photograph of airmail pilot Shirley J. Short
  • Photograph of airmail pilot Warren D. Williams
  • Photograph of airmail pilot Wesley Smith
  • Photograph of airmail pilot William Carroll
  • Photograph of airmail pilot William Fillmore
  • Photograph of airmail pilots Edison Mouton and Rexford Levisee
  • Photograph of Army Air Corps pilots Maj. Reuben Fleet and Lt. George Boyle
  • Photograph of Army pilot Lt. Torrey Webb on first day of airmail service
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