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M.I.T. Flying Club records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: AC-0498

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains one box of correspondence, minutes from club meetings, financial records and regulations from the MIT Flying Club from 1928-1929. The correspondence addresses the organization and administration of the club, membership in aeronautical organizations, and the concerns of MIT administrators over the safety and necessity of a flying club. The financial records in the collection include bills and receipts for parts and service and some correspondence with vendors.


  • Creation: 1928 - 1929


Access note

This collection is open.

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Historical note

The MIT Flying Club was organized in 1927 and incorporated in 1928. The purposes of the club, as described in its constitution, were “to provide instruction and practice in the art of flying, to conduct scientific tests and research, to advance the science of aeronautics by encouraging and promoting interest in aviation and for those purposes to own and operate an aeroplane.” The club owned an American Eagle plane on which students received instruction from experienced pilots.

The first president of the club, Frederic Celler, served until 5 December 1928, when he resigned due to what he described as a “‘suggestion’ from the powers that be due to scholastic complications.” Celler was succeeded by Dick Holihan. The prospect of a Flying Club at MIT was met with some objections from faculty members and administrators who believed that the airplane would not be safe and that such a club would be better suited if it were part of the ROTC or Aerospace Engineering programs. The club members answered these objections and the club was officially recognized by MIT. It operated for about two years and disbanded sometime in 1929.

Another flying club was established by MIT students in 1946. This club, although it shares the same name, was not related to the original flying club.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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Related Materials

AC 300. MIT Flying Club, Inc. Records, 1947-1954.

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Guide to the Records of the M.I.T. Flying Club
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Nicholas Graham
Copyright 1999
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