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Aeronautics Commission of Indiana



  • Existence: 1945

Historical Information

The Aeronautics Commission of Indiana was formed after the Aeronautics Commission Act was passed on March 28, 1945 and the need for management of improvements and expansion of Indiana's growing aviation industry. Clarence F. Cornish became the commission's first director on July 5, 1945.


Ruth Ann Ingraham, "Cap" Cornish, Indiana Pilot, Navigating the Century of Flight. Purdue University Press: West Lafayette, Indiana, 2014.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Aeronautics Commission of Indiana, 1945 - 1954

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 323, Series 3, Subseries 3
Scope and Contents This subseries includes materials related to Cornish's time as the first director of the Aeronautics Commission of Indiana from 1945 to 1953. Included are photographs, clippings, and correspondence. Of note are a desk diary from 1953 and letters of disappointment from friends and colleagues learning of Cornish's replacement as aeronautics director in 1953.
Dates: 1945 - 1954

Aviation Career, 1918 - 1997

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 323, Series 3
Scope and Contents This series encompasses Cornish's extensive career in aviation following World War One with his work at Aereco Flying Service, manager of the Paul Baer Municipal Airport in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and after World War Two as the first director of the Aeronautics Commission of Indiana. Also included are events Cornish participated in, aviation groups he was a member of, anniversary flights, and awards and accolades. Types of materials include photographs, correspondence, documents, clippings,...
Dates: 1918 - 1997