Special Collections

Capt. Knefler McGinnis Personal Papers

Capt. Knefler McGinnis served in the U.S. Navy from 1912 to 1946, having been trained as a naval aviator and serving aboard several naval destroyers. He was presented a Distinguished Flying Cross as commanding officer for a record-setting 1935 flight.


Carl Gwartney Photo Collection

​Carl Gwartney was born June 11, 1920 in Hooper, Colorado. He grew up in that rural state until hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Carl was 21, newly married, and still living in his hometown. He was a part owner of a light plane, had a pilot’s license and had amassed more than 300 flying hours. During the Second World War, he was a glider pilot in the 29th Troop Carrier Squadron


Carl R. Johnson Personal Papers

Carl Johnson was a proud member of the U.S. Navy. In the 1930’s he travelled aboard the USS Ranger to Peru and Brazil. He was a seaman second class (S2c), an aviation machine mate third class (AMM3c) in the V-2 Division, and a lieutenant. He graduated from the US Army and Navy Engine Training School on May 12, 1944.


Caroline JFK Campaign Aircraft Collection

This collection details the technical life of President John F. Kennedy's campaign aircraft, the Caroline, which was the first private aircraft used exclusively for campaigning by an American presidential candidate.


CDR Henry J. White Personal Papers

Commander Henry James White (1892-1962) was a naval aviator, linguist, translator, inventor, flight instructor and Commander of Naval Air Station Ream Field.


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