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Lieutenant Oakley G. Kelly and Captain John M. Stanley in plane after return to Pearson Field

Photograph of two aviators in a plane outside a hangar at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington, on Friday, January 7, 1927. A cropped version of this photograph was published on Page 3 of the Oregon Journal on Saturday, January 8, 1927, under the headline “Here’s Kelly — If Anyone Asks.” The photograph had the following caption: “After losing and finding themselves again while looking for Leslie Brownlee, lost on Mount Hood, Lieutenant Oakley Kelly and Captain John Stanley returned Friday to Vancouver barracks. They were greeted by Motorcycle Patrolmen Regan and Tauscher, who joined in the search for them. Kelly is shown in the front seat of the plane, Stanley behind.” According to an accompanying story, headlined “Kelly Tells of Harrowing Trip; Never Such Fog,” Stanley and Kelly had left on Wednesday, January 5, to conduct an aerial search of Mount Hood for Brownlee, but were caught in a storm and dense fog. They were forced to fly east and land in a field about five miles from Long Creek, in Grant County. According to the story, they spent the night in the field with the plane and walked to get help and fuel the next morning. On their return flight, they were delayed by another storm and spent the night of Thursday, January 6, in Pendleton before continuing to Vancouver on January 7. See related image No. 371N5908. Image note: The text “Kelly + Stanley” is written on the negative and is visible on the left side of the image.

E. E. Spafford in airplane, shaking hands with Mayor George L. Baker

Photograph showing E. E. Spafford sitting in an airplane at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington, and shaking hands with Portland Mayor George L. Baker, who is standing next to the plane. The photograph was taken on Monday, April 9, 1928, after Spafford, national commander of the American Legion, arrived to speak in Portland. An article and other photographs about Spafford's visit, including image No. 371N2400, were published on Page 1 of the Oregon Journal on Monday, April 9, 1928. See related image Nos. 371N2398, 371N2399, and 371N2400. Image note: The name “Spafford” is written on the negative and is visible on the right side of the image.

Mayor George L. Baker and Dr. Archie C. Van Cleve greeting E. E. Spafford

Photograph showing Portland Mayor George L. Baker (left) and Dr. Archie C. Van Cleve (right) standing next to an airplane and greeting E. E. Spafford, who is sitting in the plane’s rear seat. Spafford, national commander of the American Legion, and Van Cleve, commander of Portland Legion post No. 1, are shaking hands as Baker watches. The photograph was taken on Monday, April 9, 1928, at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington, after Spafford arrived to speak in Portland. An article and other photographs about Spafford’s visit, including image No. 371N2400, were published on Page 1 of the Oregon Journal on Monday, April 9, 1928. See related image Nos. 371N2397, 371N2398, and 371N2400. Image note: The name “Spafford” is written on the negative and is visible on the left side of the image.

Wreckage of Varney Air Lines mail plane in Vancouver, Washington

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.

Wreckage of Varney Air Lines mail plane in Vancouver, Washington

Photograph of a crowd looking at the wreckage of a plane near the port dock in Vancouver, Washington, on Saturday, November 30, 1929. A cropped version of this photograph was published on Page 2 of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, December 1, 1929, under the headline “Fog Claims Another Plane Victim.” The photograph had the following caption: “Wreckage of Varney Air Lines mail plane which spun to the ground at Vancouver Saturday afternoon after nicking the north tower of the Interstate bridge.” The photograph accompanied the continuation of a front-page story about the crash. 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 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, December 1, 1929. Also see image No. 371N3106.

Lieutenant Oakley G. Kelly and Captain John M. Stanley in plane after return to Pearson Field

Photograph of two aviators, Lieutenant Oakley G. Kelly (front seat) and Captain John M. Stanley (rear seat) in an airplane after their return to Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington, on Friday, January 7, 1927. Kelly is handing his parachute to a man on the ground. A similar photograph, image No. 371N1395, was published on Page 3 of the Oregon Journal on Saturday, January 8, 1927. According to a story that accompanied the photograph, Kelly and Stanley had left on Wednesday, January 5, to conduct an aerial search for a boy, Leslie Brownlee, who was missing on Mount Hood. However, they were caught in a storm and dense fog, the Journal reported, and were forced to fly east and land in a field about five miles from Long Creek, in Grant County. According to the article, they spent the night in the field with the plane and walked to get help and fuel the next morning. On their return flight, they were delayed by another storm and spent the night of Thursday, January 6, in Pendleton before continuing to Vancouver on January 7. Image note: The text “Kelly + Stanley” is written on the negative and is visible on the left side of the image.

Russian airplane at Pearson Field, Vancouver, Washington

Photograph showing a side view of a Russian airplane, Land of the Soviets, at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington. Spectators are visible in the background. The plane and crew were on a trip from Moscow to New York. A cropped version of this photograph was published on Page 2 of the Oregon Journal on Saturday, October 19, 1928, the day the picture was taken. The photograph was published under the headline “ ‘Ship’ Takes Off For Another Hop on World Flight.” It had the following caption: “ ‘The Land of the Soviets,’ huge airplane that spent the night at Pearson Field, Vancouver barracks, after being forced down by mechanical trouble en route from Seattle to San Francisco, hopped off again at 8:45 this morning, and at 11:28 was reported over Medford on its way to the Bay cities.” The photograph accompanied the continuation of a front-page story about the plane and crew, as well as a second story on Page 2, titled “Russian Sees Airplane Lane Over Pacific.” The Journal listed the people aboard the plane as: pilot Commander S. A. Shestakov; pilot Philip E. Bolotov; navigator Boris E. Sterligov; mechanic Dmitry A. Fufaev; and Andrew W. Petroff, vice president of the Amtorg Trading corporation, which sponsored the flight. See related image Nos. 371N5537, 371N6031, 371N6031A, and 371N6158. Image note: Negative damage at upper left.

Russian airplane at Pearson Field, Vancouver, Washington

Photograph showing a side view of a Russian airplane, Land of the Soviets, at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington, on Saturday, October 19, 1928. On the side of the plane is the number URSS-300. The plane developed mechanical trouble shortly after reaching Portland on Friday, October 18, 1928, during a trip from Moscow to New York. The crew landed it at Pearson Field for repairs and resumed the trip the next morning. In a story about the plane and crew published in the October 19 edition, the Oregon Journal listed the people aboard the plane as: pilot Commander S. A. Shestakov; pilot Philip E. Bolotov; navigator Boris E. Sterligov; mechanic Dmitry A. Fufaev; and Andrew W. Petroff, vice president of the Amtorg Trading corporation, which sponsored the flight. See related image Nos. 371N5537, 371N6030, 371N6031A, and 371N6158.

Russian airplane at Pearson Field, Vancouver, Washington

Photograph showing a group of people with a Russian airplane, Land of the Soviets, at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington, on October 18 or October 19, 1928. The plane developed mechanical trouble shortly after reaching Portland on Friday, October 18, 1928, during a trip from Moscow to New York. The crew landed it at Pearson Field for repairs and resumed the trip the next morning. In a story about the plane and crew published in the October 19 edition, the Oregon Journal listed the people aboard the plane as: pilot Commander S. A. Shestakov; pilot Philip E. Bolotov; navigator Boris E. Sterligov; mechanic Dmitry A. Fufaev; and Andrew W. Petroff, vice president of the Amtorg Trading corporation, which sponsored the flight. See related image Nos. 371N5537, 371N6030, 371N6031, and 371N6158.

Russian airplane at Pearson Field, Vancouver, Washington

Photograph showing a crowd gathered around a Russian airplane, Land of the Soviets, at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington, on October 18 or October 19, 1928. On the side of the plane is the number URSS-300. The plane developed mechanical trouble shortly after reaching Portland on Friday, October 18, 1928, during a trip from Moscow to New York. The crew landed it at Pearson Field for repairs and resumed the trip the next morning. In a story about the plane and crew published in the October 19 edition, the Oregon Journal listed the people aboard the plane as: pilot Commander S. A. Shestakov; pilot Philip E. Bolotov; navigator Boris E. Sterligov; mechanic Dmitry A. Fufaev; and Andrew W. Petroff, vice president of the Amtorg Trading corporation, which sponsored the flight. See related image Nos. 371N5537, 371N6030, 371N6031, and 371N6031A.