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Aeronautics -- Michigan -- Kent County -- History

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Britton L. Gordon airport clippings

Identifier: Collection 437
Abstract Britton L. Gordon (1909-2002) was a Grand Rapids, Michigan businessman who strongly influenced aeronautics in the city. Gordon served on the Kent County Aeronautics Board from 1956-1978 and the Michigan Aeronautics Commission from 1963-1979. He was instrumental in developing the airport in Cascade Township, which is now known as the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. This collection contains newspaper clippings relating to aeronautics and the airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The...
Dates: 1946-1963

Don Farrant Great Lakes History Research Collection

Identifier: Collection 440
Dates: Majority of material found within 1960-1980; 1770s - 1980s

J. Gerald Vinkemulder aviation collection

Identifier: Collection 063
Abstract J. Gerald Vinkemulder (1900-1975) was an early aviator in West Michigan. During the 1920s and1930s Vinkemulder was a test pilot and a stunt pilot, with some experience also as a dirigible pilot. He founded the Grand Rapids Civil Air Patrol during the 1940, and was active in other organizations related to aeronautics. The papers contain duplicates of various photographs, papers, licenses, news clippings and programs documenting aviation circa 1930. The photographs depict aerial views of Grand...
Dates: 1926-1934, n.d.

Lawrence Maile aviation papers

Identifier: Collection 148
Abstract Lawrence Maile (ca. 1910-1988) was an early aviator in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His aviation papers contain photographs, news clippings, postcards, pilot's logs, and other memorabilia. Also included are materials from an aviation club Maile was involved with called the Ox5 Club. Items from the Furniture Capital Air Service Flying School are also found. The pilot logs record his flying time from 1929-1932 and for the 1960s. Additional information about Maile and other Grand Rapids area pilots...
Dates: 1908-1986

Thomas E. Walsh papers

Identifier: Collection 075
Abstract Thomas E. Walsh (1900-1988) is best known for his role in promoting and developing the airport in Kent County, Michigan. The papers relate mainly to Walsh's position as Kent County Airport manager from 1930 to 1957. During these years he played a leading role in transforming Kent County's airport from its amateur, underdeveloped condition into a professionally managed and commercially successful operation. Other topics detailed in the papers include World War I and the 32nd...
Dates: 1910-1985