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Wreckage of plane on golf course after fatal crash

Photograph of unidentified people looking at the wreckage of a small Pargon Flying Service airplane after the plane crashed on the West Hills Golf Course in Portland on Tuesday, May 26, 1931. The pilot, Roy H. Scheffel of Portland, was killed. Scheffel ran a cafe called The Rendezvous. On Wednesday, May 27, 1931, the Oregon Journal published a similar photograph, image No. 371N3105, and a story about the crash, headlined “Cafe Man Killed in Air Crash.”

Wreckage of plane on golf course after fatal crash

Photograph of the wreckage of a small Pargon Flying Service airplane after the plane crashed on the West Hills Golf Course in Portland on Tuesday, May 26, 1931. The pilot, Roy H. Scheffel of Portland, was killed. Scheffel ran a cafe called The Rendezvous. On Wednesday, May 27, 1931, the Oregon Journal published a story about Scheffel’s death, headlined “Cafe Man Killed in Air Crash.” Along with the story, the Journal published image No. 371N3105, a different photograph of the wrecked plane.

Wreckage of plane on golf course after fatal crash

Photograph of two unidentified boys looking at the wreckage of a small Pargon Flying Service airplane after the plane crashed on the West Hills Golf Course in Portland on Tuesday, May 26, 1931. The pilot, Roy H. Scheffel of Portland, was killed. Scheffel ran a cafe called The Rendezvous. On Wednesday, May 27, 1931, the Oregon Journal published a story about Scheffel’s death, headlined “Cafe Man Killed in Air Crash.” Along with the story, the Journal published image No. 371N3105, a different photograph of the wrecked plane.

Wreckage of plane on golf course after fatal crash

Photograph of unidentified people looking at the wreckage of a small Pargon Flying Service airplane after the plane crashed on the West Hills Golf Course in Portland on Tuesday, May 26, 1931. The pilot, Roy H. Scheffel of Portland, was killed. Scheffel ran a cafe called The Rendezvous. On Wednesday, May 27, 1931, the Oregon Journal published a similar photograph, image No. 371N3105, and a story about the crash, headlined “Cafe Man Killed in Air Crash.”

Wreckage of plane on golf course after fatal crash

Photograph of an unidentified man looking at the wreckage of a small Pargon Flying Service airplane after the plane crashed on the West Hills Golf Course in Portland on Tuesday, May 26, 1931. The pilot, Roy H. Scheffel, was killed. A cropped version of this photograph was published in the Oregon Journal on Wednesday, May 27, 1931, under the headline “To Death on West Hills Golf Course.” The photograph had the following caption: “Battered wreckage of the light plane in which Roy H. Sheffel [sic], operator of the Rendezvous eating place, made a fatal plunge to the seventh fairway of the West Hills golf course Tuesday afternoon. The picture was taken after the ship had been righted.” The photograph accompanied a story about Scheffel’s death, headlined “Cafe Man Killed in Air Crash.”

Wreckage of airplane near East Glisan Street

Photograph of a group of people gathered around the wreckage of an airplane in a field. Trees and a fence line are visible in the background. The text “Varney Wreck — near E Glisan St” is written on the negative and is visible on the right side of the image. “Varney” may refer to Varney Air Lines.

Wreckage of airplane near East Glisan Street

Photograph of a group of people with the wreckage of an airplane in a field. Some of the people are leaning or sitting on the remains of the plane. The text “Varney Wreck — near E Glisan St” is written on the negative and is visible on the right side of the image. “Varney” may refer to Varney Air Lines.

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.

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 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 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.

Wing walker on biplane

Photograph showing an unidentified person kneeling on the upper wing of a biplane in flight above a river. This photograph may be related to image Nos. 371N6204 and 371N6219. Image note: Light leak on negative.

Wedell and Tex Rankin with airplane

Full-length portrait of two men standing in front of a monoplane and facing front. On the side of the plane are a partially visible emblem and the words “Air Service Inc.” The text “Wedell - Rankin + Plane” is written on negative. The man at right is pilot Tex Rankin.

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 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.

Unidentified man with airplane

Full-length portrait of an unidentified man in coveralls standing next to a monoplane. He is facing front, has one hand on his hip, and is resting his other arm on the nose of the plane. Image note: Light leak on negative.

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.

Unidentified man with Bidwell-Yale Air Service plane

Full-length portrait of an unidentified man standing next to a monoplane. He is facing front and looking to the right. He has one elbow on the plane’s nose and the other hand in his pocket. He is wearing a jacket, breeches, and boots. On the side of the plane are the words “Bidwell-Yale Air Service.” See related image No. 374N0274.

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.

Unidentified man fueling monoplane at Swan Island airport, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified man standing on top of a monoplane and holding a fuel hose leading from a Signal tanker truck at right. A second unidentified man is standing next to the open rear doors of the truck and resting one hand on the hose. The photograph was taken at Swan Island airport in Portland. See related image Nos. 372A1311 and 372A1312. Image note: Light leak on negative.

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