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Tilbury Flash Collection

Processed by: Laura Zimmerman, April 2013


Contents

  1. Collection Information
  2. Historical Sketch
  3. Photographs
  4. Scope and Content Note
  5. Box and Folder Inventory
Collection Information

Volume: 1 box
Dates: 1930-2000
Restrictions: None
Reproduction: Permission to reproduce or publish material in this collection must be obtained in writing from the McLean County Museum of History
Provenance: Gift
Location: Archives

Photographs
  • June 22, 1932

  • Owen Tilbury can be seen on the right side of the plane.

  • Tilbury Flash, date unknown

  • Owen Tilbury (white shirt, middle). May 1932

Box and Folder Inventory
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Folder 1: General History and Pictures
1.1

"Recollections of the Tilbury Flash, 1932 thru 1934," H.E. Morphew

1.2

Owen Tilbury childhood orchestra picture, undated

1.3

Owen Tilbury yearbook photo, The Nixonia, 1923

1.4

Tilbury Flash photo and information, undated

1.5

Tilbury Flash photos, 1940

1.6

Owen Tilbury photos, 1941

1.7

Sohio Aviation advertisement featuring Tilbury Flash, undated

1.8

Tilbury Flash color photo, undated

Folder 2: Blueprints, Plans, and Parts
2.1

Cleveland Model & Supply Company Inc. 1932 Tilbury-Fundy Flash model plans, 1934

2.2

Tilbury Model Racing Planes, Tilbury Flash model plans, 1935, 3 copies

2.3

JGA Productions, Heath “Baby Bullet" model plans, 1996

2.4

Heath-Henderson Aircraft Motor advertisement, no date

Folder 3: Air Racing
3.1

1933 American Air Races, Chicago IL, July 1-4, guest passes and re-admission ticket

3.2

National Aeronautic Association Annual Sports Registration, 1934 and Seventh Annual Miami All American Air Races guest pass, January 10-12, 1935

3.3

1935 National Air Races, August 30-September 2, guest pass and 1934 National Air Races, Cleveland, August 31-September 3

3.4

1935 National Air Races event and participant list

3.5

Unlicensed Aircraft Identification Mark Assignment, June 1, 1935

3.6

National Aeronautic Association of USA certificate for Owen Tilbury, November 29, 1935

Folder 4: Restoration
4.1

“The “Tilbury Flash" is Back!" flyer, Old Courthouse Museum, undated

4.2

Bank records regarding restoration

4.3

Invoices regarding restoration

4.4

Ceiling plans for display of Tilbury Flash at Museum

4.5

List of contributors to restoration

4.6

Hand written notes regarding restoration

Folder 5: Art Carnahan
Folder 5
5.1

Notes on aviation career of Art Carnahan compiled by Greg Koos

5.2

Arthur Carnahan biography

5.3

Ticket for one airplane ride with Art Carnahan

5.4

Handwritten notes about Art Carnahan

5.5

“Carnahan's Ability at Navigation Is Valuable in Air Derby Flying, August 22, 1937

5.6

“City's first auto mechanic, A.G. Carnahan, dies at 73," Pantagraph, April 18, 1938

5.7

“Carnahan Second in Trophy Race," Daily Pantagraph, January 12, 1941

5.8

“Arthur Carnahan, 'Mr. Aviation' dies," Pantagraph, 1974

5.9

“'Flash' back, so, flashback," Daily Pantagraph, March 12, 1978

5.10

“Aviation pioneer enters hall of fame," Pantagraph, April 6 1986

5.11

“Carnahan to Command Civil Air Squads Here," Daily Pantagraph, no date

5.12

“Art Carnahan places third," Sunday Pantagraph, no date

Folder 6: Owen Tilbury correspondence
6.1

Heath Airplane Company, Inc, May 11th, 1927

6.2

Aero Digest, July 12, 1932

6.3

City of Miami, Florida, October 20, 1934

6.4

Department of Commerce, January 28, 1935

Folder 7: Correspondence, 1972-
7.1

Donald Lee Griffin to Mr. Church, January 1, 1972

7.2

Donald Lee Griffin to James Church, February 2, 1972

7.3

H.K. Ranson to Ann C. Tilbury, February 20, 1973

7.4

Glen Courtwright of B. & F. Aircraft & Supply to James R. Goben, McLean County Historical Society, May 23, 1974

7.5

James R. Goben to Glen Courtwright, June 19, 1974

7.6

Loan agreement, M.F. Foose & Glen Courtwright, February 15, 1975

7.7

Donald Lee Griffin to M.L. McClure, June 24, 1975

7.8

Donald Lee Griffin to M.L. McClure, July 20, 1975

7.9

James Church to M.L. McClure, October, 1975

7.10

Barbara Dunbar, Executive Director, Historical Society of McLean County to Glen Courtwright, August 31, 1976

7.11

Owen Tilbury to Mr. Rogers, September 1, 1976

7.12

Bambridge E. Peterson, County Administrator to Barbara Dunbar, May 3, 1978

7.13

Barbara Dunbar to Bambridge E.Peterson, May 5, 1978

7.14

Barbara Dunbar to Bambridge E.Peterson, January 23, 1979

7.15

Michael L. Lux to Barbara Dunbar, February 28, 1979

7.16

J. Reid Patterson to Greg Koos, July 29, 1981

7.17

Herbert E. Morphen, March 21, 1989

7.18

John C. Beatty to Greg Koos, July 6, 1992

7.19

Jack Wilhelm, WACO Historical Society to William Todtz, McLean County Historical Society, November 23, 1992

7.20

Marie E. White to James Keeran, October 20, 1994

7.21

Eugune E. Hamlow to Mr. Hauman, January 16, 2002

7.22

Bill Kemp and Jim Cunningham regarding Tilbury Flash models hanging in the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Pictures included. October 20, 2014.

Folder 8: Newspaper Articles, 1930-1935
8.1

“Motorless Craft Flown Here," Pantagraph, June 5, 1930

8.2

“Vestpocket Airplane Built Here Is Attraction," Sunday Pantagraph, May 24, 1931

8.3

“'Skywayman,' Tiny Plane Built Here, Being Tuned For First Rise Into Air," Sunday Pantagraph, May 24, 1931

8.4

“Craft 'Built Around Pilot,' January 24, 1932

8.5

“Smallest Airplane to Have Another Trial," Daily Pantagraph, July 27, 1932

8.6

“Tiny Local Racing Plane Places Second at Chicago" and 'Flash' Flies Well in Race, Sunday Pantagraph, July 2, 1933 and “Tiny Tilbury Flash, Bloomington Plane, Again Places Second" and “Higher Speed To Be Sought," date unknown

8.7

“Flash, Tiny Plane, Sold," Pantagraph, August 31, 1933

8.8

“83 Planes Take Part in Outstanding …as New Air Field Is Put In," Daily Pantagraph, October 29, 1934

8.9

“Beich to Sponsor Tilbury Flash in Florida Air Meet," Pantagraph, December 24, 1934

8.10

"Tilbury is Enroute South With 'Flash,'" Pantagraph, December 26, 1934

8.11

“'Flash' Takes Florida Race," January 11, 1935

Folder 9: Newspapers, 1975-
9.1

“County to be home for 1930s monoplane," Pantagraph, May 18, 1975

9.2

“Happy birthday! Museum is 86," Pantagraph, March 12, 1978

9.3

“'Flash' back, so, flashback," Pantagraph, March 12, 1978

9.4

“Tilbury Flash has final liftoff," Pantagraph, April 15, 1979

9.5

“Air museum hopes to land missing plaque," Pantagraph, October 5, 1988

9.6

“Now You Know…High Flying Fun," McLean County Community News, December 26, 1990-January 1, 1991

9.7

“In a Flash," Pantagraph, October 9, 1994

9.8

“Weight ratio made The Flash flash," Pantagraph, October 9, 1994

9.9

“Plane's success no flash-in-pan," Pantagraph, August 20, 2000

9.10

“50 years ago," no date or source

9.11

“Arthur Carnahan, 'Mr. Aviation' dies," no date or source

Folder 10: Newsletters and Magazines
10.1

“News Flash!" Air-Britain Digest, January-February 1973

10.2

“Tilbury-Fundy Flash," EAA Chapter 127, Inc. Newsletter, November 4, 1975

10.3

“The Tilbury-Fundy Flash," Air Racing, May, June 1976

10.4

“Recollections of the Tilbury Flash," Vintage Airplane, March 1991

10.5

“Restoring the Tilbury Flash," Vintage Airplane, April 1991

10.6

“A Little Bit of History: The Tilbury Flash," 129 Flypaper, June 1992

10.7

“Jack Dianiska Reveals – The Tilbury-Fundy Flash Story," The Finish Line Western Air Racing Quarterly, September 1996

10.8

Owen Tilbury and the National Air Races, DeWitt County Constitution, no date