NELSON, ERIK HENNING Papers. 1922-1966

1.02 cu ft

Call No. 167.610

IRIS No. 1010127-1010131

Brigadier General. USAAF, 1917-1928, 1941-1946. Born in Stockholm, Sweden. Served to grade of Private First Class, Aviation Section, Signal Enlisted Reserve Corps, 1917-1918; commissioned Second Lieutenant, Air Service, April 1918. Career assignments include: Mechanic, Experimental Division, Curtiss Aeroplane Co., 1916-1917; Member, Transoceanic Co., 1917; Engineering Officer, Air Corps flight from New York to Nome, AK, 15 July - 20 October 1920; Pilot of "New Orleans," First Around-the-World Flight, 6 April to 28 September 1924. Resigned from Army Air Corps, 30 June 1928. Successively, Sales Manager, Vice President and Director, Boeing Airplane Company, 1928-1941. Returned to Army Air Force, 1941; Staff Officer, Inspection Division, Office of the Chief of Air Corps, January 1942. Retired February 1946. Technical Advisor, Swedish Intercontinental Airlines, 1946. Died in Honolulu, HI.

Personal and official papers relating primarily to Nelson's military service. Includes a personal collection of materials relating to first around-the-world airplane flight in 1924. Also includes maps, charts and flight reports (1922-1926) and various articles on the flight (1924-1966).