Charles P. Russell
Charles P. Russell worked for the Continental Aircraft Engine Company of Detroit, Michigan in the late 1920s. As he travelled the United States for work, he took photographs of famous aviators, aircraft and airfields that he pasted into a scrapbook with colorful commentary. C. P. Russell’s scrapbook opens a new window into the world of U.S. aviation in the early part of the twentieth century.
Charles P. Russell
This is the pilot log book of Charles P Russell that served as a training record while he was in the School of Military Aeronautics at the University of California. The first log was January 21st, 1918. The log book details the time Russell logged during training and presents comments and critique from instructors and contains grades from the various military courses that comprised the military flight training curriculum.
Charles P. Russell (1893-1945), from Kalamazoo, Michigan, received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1917. Shortly after commencement, he was commissioned in the Aviation Section of the U.S. Signal Corps. After leaving the service, Charles married and moved to Detroit where he worked for the Continental Aircraft Engine Company in the late 1920s. During his years in the military and working for Continental Aircraft, Charles took photographs that chronicle the early days of aviation in the United States. In 2013, his granddaughter, Leslie Russell Belt, with the assistance of family friends, Gene Mastrangelo and Harold Bennett, gathered the collections of Charles P. Russell and donated them to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Hunt Library. The items in this digital collection contain the records of Charles P. Russell’s service as a military aviator and of his years travelling for the Continental Aircraft Engine Company.
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