NELSON, ERIK HENNING Papers. 1922-1966
Published January 25, 2008
1.02 cu ft
Call No. 167.610
IRIS No. 1010127-1010131
(1888-1970). Brigadier General. USAAF, 1917-1928, 1941-1946. Born 12 June 1888, 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 9 May 1970, 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).