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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, awards/certificates, and artifacts. Artifacts include two pilot goggles, a pair of pilot gloves, and a pilot's cap autographed by family, friends, and colleagues of Cornish. Of note are pilot log books, materials on Cornish's anniversary flights he made each year starting in 1968, and his Guinness World Record as the oldest working pilot at the age of 97 in 1995.


  • 1918 - 1997

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Collection material is primarily in English. Two Spanish textbooks are present in the collection.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.


3.233 Cubic Feet (Four cubic foot boxes, three flat boxes, one flat folder, and one legal-size full-length manuscript box. )