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Rankin brothers’ airplane On-to-Oregon

Photograph showing a Stinson Detroiter monoplane, the On-to-Oregon, outside a hangar, possibly at Rankin airfield in Portland. On the side of the plane are its name and artwork by A. G. Weber depicting oxen and a covered wagon. The photograph was probably taken in August 1930, when pilot Tex Rankin and his brothers, Dick Rankin and Dud Rankin, flew the plane in four unsuccessful attempts to set a record for endurance flying. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6060, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6132, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6199, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6228, 371N6233, and 371N6234.

Unidentified man with Rankin brothers’ airplane On-to-Oregon

Photograph showing an unidentified man standing next to a Stinson Detroiter monoplane, the On-to-Oregon, possibly at Rankin airfield in Portland. On the side of the plane are its name and artwork by A. G. Weber depicting oxen and a covered wagon. The photograph was probably taken in August 1930, when pilot Tex Rankin and his brothers, Dick Rankin and Dud Rankin, flew the plane in four unsuccessful attempts to set a record for endurance flying. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6060, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6199, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6228, 371N6233, and 371N6234. Image note: Photograph shows discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.

Shell Oil plane at airfield

Photograph, taken from the side, showing a monoplane on the ground at an airfield. The plane has the word “Shell” on the side and the number “NC128 W” on the tail. This could be one of the planes used to deliver fuel to the On-to-Oregon, a Stinson Detroiter monoplane flown by brothers Tex Rankin, Dick Rankin, and Dud Rankin when they attempted to set an endurance flying record in August 1930. See image Nos. 371N6133 and 371N6199.

Boy posing with biplane, Rose O’Portland, as Tex Rankin watches from cockpit

Portrait of an unidentified boy standing in front of a biplane, the Rose O’Portland, as pilot Tex Rankin looks over his shoulder from the cockpit. The boy may be one of Rankin’s sons. Rankin flew the Rose O’Portland in an air race from New York to Los Angeles in September 1928. This photo may have been taken on August 24, 1928, before his departure. See image Nos. 371N2073, 371N5919, 371N5920, 371N6220, and 371N6222. Image note: The number 3 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper left corner of the image.

Mechanics preparing airplane On-To-Oregon for endurance flight

Photograph of unidentified mechanics working on the engine of a Stinson monoplane, the On-To-Oregon, while preparing the plane for an attempt by brothers Tex Rankin, Dick Rankin, and Dud Rankin to set an endurance flying record. The photograph was taken on Friday, August 15, 1930, at the Rankin School of Flying in Portland. The Rankins made four unsuccessful attempts to break the endurance record in August 1930; the first began on August 17. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6060, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6132, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6199, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6228, 371N6233, and 371N6234.

Man with airplane

Photograph of an unidentified man standing next to a biplane. He is wearing a hat, jacket, and knickers. On the side of the plane are the words “W. P. FULLER & CO. / PAINTS OF QUALITY FOR EVERY PURPOSE.”

Wing walker on biplane

Aerial photograph showing an unidentified person seated on the top wing of a biplane in flight. On the side of the plane are the words “Rankin School of Flying.” A river is visible in the background.

Wing walker on ladder

Aerial photograph showing an unidentified person on a ladder suspended from a biplane in flight. On the side of the plane are words that are probably “Rankin School of Flying.” A river is visible in the background. This photograph may be related to image No. 371N6202.

Wing walker on biplane

Aerial photograph showing an unidentified person standing on one of the lower wings of a biplane in flight over an urban area. A crowd is visible in the lower left corner of the image. This photograph may be related to image Nos. 371N6217 and 371N6219.

On-to-Oregon takes off in Rankin brothers first attempt at endurance record

Photograph showing a Stinson monoplane, the On-to-Oregon, taking off in Portland on Sunday, August 17, 1930. What appears to be a reversed and cropped version of this photograph, along with image No. 371N6051, was published on Page 2 of the Oregon Journal on Monday, August 18, 1930. The photographs were published under the headline “When Rankins Took Off on Attempt at Record.” The photograph had the following caption: “Speeding off the ground at Rankin field Sunday afternoon, the three Rankin brothers and their On-to-Oregon plane aimed for the blue and for a world’s refueling endurance record.” The photographs accompanied the continuation of a front-page story about the unsuccessful attempt by brothers Tex Rankin, Dick Rankin, and Dudley Rankin to break the endurance flying record. The attempt begun on August 17 was one of four tries, all unsuccessful, that the Rankins made that month. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6060, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6132, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6199, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6228, 371N6233, and 371N6234. Image note: Damaged negative. Image note: Negative damage at upper right.

Airplane in field

Photograph showing an airplane in a field. On the plane’s tail is the number “NC-8468.” To the right of the plane is an unidentified man using binoculars. This photograph may be related to image No. 371N6148.

Dick Rankin? waving from refueling compartment of airplane On-to-Oregon

Photograph showing a man, probably pilot Dick Rankin, standing in the refueling compartment of a Stinson Detroiter monoplane, the On-to-Oregon. He is wearing an aviator’s cap and goggles, looking upward, and waving. The photograph may have been taken at the Rankin airfield in Portland, probably in August 1930. That month, Rankin and his brothers, Tex Rankin and Dud Rankin, flew the On-to-Oregon in four attempts, all unsuccessful, to set an endurance flying record. According to an August 10, 1930, Oregon Journal article about preparations for the first attempt, a hole was cut in the top of the plane’s fuselage to accommodate aerial refueling. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6060, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6132, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6199, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6228, and 371N6233.

Curtiss “Jenny” biplane in a field

Photograph, taken from the rear and side, showing a Curtiss JN-series biplane, known as the “Jenny.” The plane is parked in a field. The text “ ‘Jenny’ airplane” is written on the negative sleeve. See related image Nos. 376G0117, 376G0118, 376G0120, and 376G0121.

Curtiss “Jenny” biplane in a field

Photograph, taken from the front and side, showing a Curtiss JN-series biplane, known as the “Jenny.” The plane is parked in a field. The text “ ‘Jenny’ airplane” is written on the negative sleeve. See related image Nos. 376G0117, 376G0118, 376G0119, and 376G0120.

Unidentified men with airplane hitched to tow truck at A. L. Campbell Auto Towing, Portland

Photograph showing several unidentified men looking at a parked tow truck outside A. L. Campbell Auto Towing in Portland. Hitched to the back of the truck is an airplane. The plane’s propeller is tied to the boom of the truck, and its back end of its fuselage is resting on two wheels. The plane’s wings are lashed to the top of the fuselage. The second man from left is wearing a coat with the text “G. G. Gerber” on the back.

Unidentified man posing on top of airplane outside hangar

Portrait of an unidentified man posing with a monoplane parked outside a hangar. He is on top of the plane with only head and shoulders visible. He is facing front and raising one arm. The plane’s propeller is in motion. See related image Nos. 374N0253 and 374N0277. Image note: Photograph shows discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.

Dick Rankin’s airplane in field

Photograph showing a monoplane in a field with its propellers in motion. The name of pilot Dick Rankin is painted on the nacelle of the left engine. An unidentified man in coveralls is crouching next to the plane’s left wheel and has one hand on the tire. The plane’s tail number is NC-7092. Also painted on the tail are the letters “BACH” and a number that may be “3675.”

Unidentified man with airplane

Full-length portrait of an unidentified man standing next to a single-engine monoplane parked near a hangar. The man is facing to the right and standing with his hands folded behind him. He is wearing a hat, jacket, and trousers.

Pangborn and Herndon’s plane after landing near Wenatchee, Washington

Photograph of an airplane with a bent propeller lying on the ground. The text “Herndon-Pangborn” is painted on the side of the plane just below the cockpit. The photograph was taken after aviators Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon Jr. completed the first non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the United States on October 5, 1931. They won a $25,000 prize offered by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. Pangborn and Herndon landed their plane, Miss Veedol, on its belly at the airfield in Wenatchee, Washington, without landing gear. They had dumped the landing gear shortly after takeoff to reduce weight.

Pangborn and Herndon’s plane after landing near Wenatchee, Washington

Photograph of unidentified people gathered near an airplane lying on the ground, leaning on one wing. The name “Miss Veedol” is painted on the side of the plane. The photograph was taken after aviators Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon Jr. completed the first non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the United States on October 5, 1931. They won a $25,000 prize offered by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. Pangborn and Herndon landed the Miss Veedol on its belly at the airfield in Wenatchee, Washington, without landing gear. They had dumped the landing gear shortly after takeoff to reduce weight.

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