Wreckage of Varney Air Lines mail plane in Vancouver, Washington

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Wreckage of Varney Air Lines mail plane in Vancouver, Washington


  • 1929-11-30 (Creation)


Photograph; cellulose nitrate film; 4.75 x 6.75 in

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Photograph of a crowd looking at the wreckage of a Varney Air Lines mail plane near the port dock in Vancouver, Washington, on Saturday, November 30, 1929. On December 1, 1929, the Oregon Journal published a front-page story about the crash, headlined “Mail Pilot Rams Span; Badly Hurt.” A similar photo, image No. 371N3109, was published on Page 2 that day. According to the story, the plane’s pilot, Clarence C. Price, was unable to land at Swan Island airport in Portland because of fog and turned toward Vancouver. A witness reported hearing a loud noise and seeing the plane “carom off the north tower of the [Interstate] bridge and go into a spin.” Three people pulled Price from the burning plane after the crash, the Journal reported, but he died the next day.

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Oregon Journal Negative Collection; Org. Lot 1368; Box 371; 0371N3106

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1.6 MiB


November 14, 2017 2:54 PM

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