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"Pearson Air Museum, Vancouver, Washington"
Includes ... Pearson Air Museum ... Jack Murdock Aviation Center ... Valeri Chkalov ... Captain Carlton Bond ... Pearson Field ...
Image, 2006, Pearson Air Museum, Washington, click to enlarge
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Pearson Air Museum, Pearson Field, Washington. Image taken October 23, 2006.


Pearson Air Museum, Vancouver, Washington ...
The Pearson Air Museum (once known as the Jack Murdock Aviation Center) is located at Pearson Field and focuses on the period from 1905 through World War II, when Pearson Field was the site of many aviation firsts. The Museum is within the Vancouver National Historic Reserve Historic District. The 23,500-square-foot museum features a pictorial history of Pearson Field and historic artifacts and aircraft. The black and yellow checkerboard roof was common at Army airfields during the “Golden Age of Flight", when pilots often needed visual guides to a safe landing. The museum includes such planes as a 1912 Curtiss Pusher replica, a 1913 Voisin III (one of only three in the world), and a 1941 Boeing Stearman. The museum also includes the country's second oldest wooden hangar, built in 1918 as part of the U.S. Army Spruce Division. The hanger has been used as an airplane hangar since 1921. It housed Italian prisoners of war during W.W.II.

Image, 2005, Jack Murdock Aviation Center, Pearson Field, Washington, click to enlarge
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The Pearson Air Museum was once known as the Jack Murdock Aviation Center. Image taken March 18, 2005.
Image, 2006, Army Air Corps, Pearson Field, Washington, click to enlarge
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Army Air Corps, Pearson Field, Washington. Image taken October 23, 2006.
Image, 2004, Army Air Corps, Pearson Field, Washington, click to enlarge
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Army Air Corps, Pearson Field, Washington. Image taken March 8, 2004.
Image, 2010, Army Air Corps, Pearson Field, Washington, click to enlarge
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Army Air Corps, Pearson Field, Washington. Mount Hood, Oregon, is in the background. Image taken March 19, 2010.


Exhibits ...
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Visiting Pearson Field, Washington. Image taken October 23, 2006.
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Mural, Pearson Air Museum, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken April 1, 2010.
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1943 North American AT-6D/SNJ-5 Texan. Exhibit, Pearson Air Museum, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken April 1, 2010.
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Airship "Gelatine". Gelatine exhibit, Pearson Air Museum, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken April 1, 2010.


Pearson Air Museum, etc.

  • Aviator ...
  • The Great Silver Fleet ...
  • Valeri Chkalov Monument ...


The Aviator ...
At the front entrance to the Pearson Air Museum stands a statue of Captain Carlton Bond, Commander of the squadron located at Pearson Field from 1929 to 1933, and from 1938 until 1940.

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Aviator, Pearson Air Museum, Pearson Field, Washington. Statue to Captain Carlton Bond, commander of the Pierson Field Squadron from 1929 to 1933, and 1938 to 1940. Image taken October 23, 2006.
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Aviator, Pearson Air Museum, Pearson Field, Washington. Statue to Captain Carlton Bond, commander of the Pierson Field Squadron from 1929 to 1933, and 1938 to 1940. Image taken October 23, 2006.


The Great Silver Fleet ...
In the 1930s Eastern Airlines manager and eventual owner, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, formed a 21-plane fleet of Douglas DC2 and DC3 planes and called it "The Great Silver Fleet". The DC-3 had enabled Eastern Air Lines to expand their daily mileage from 18,918 miles in 1936, to 23,068 in 1937.
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Image, 2004, Army Air Corps, 'The Great Silver Fleet
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The Great Silver Fleet, Pearson Field, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken March 8, 2004.
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The Great Silver Fleet, Pearson Field, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken March 18, 2005.


Valeri Chkalov Monument ...
On June 20, 1937, Soviet aviator Valeri Chkalov and crew landed at Pearson Field, completing the world's first non-stop, trans-polar flight. The flight took 63 hours and 16 minutes and covered 5,288 miles.

"... On June 20, 1937, a Soviet-built ANT-25 monoplane lands at Vancouver's Pearson Air Field, completing the first flight from the Soviet Union to the United States across the North Pole. The unfamiliar-looking aircraft, with long, red, albatross-like wings, passes over the field in preparation for an unscheduled and unexpected landing. And although the arrival at Pearson Field is a complete surprise, there is no mystery as to the aircraft’s identity. For the past several days people around the world have anxiously followed its progress as its crew sought to be the first to cross the North Pole from Moscow to San Francisco. ..." ["HistoryLink.org" Website, 2006]

In 1975 a monument commemorating that flight was erected at Pearson Field and is now on display just west of the Jack Murdock Aviation Center. This is the first monument to commemorate a Russian accomplishment on U.S. soil.


Image, 2006, DC-3, Pearson Field, Washington, click to enlarge
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Valeri Chkalov Monument, Pearson Field, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken October 23, 2006.
Image, 2006, DC-3, Pearson Field, Washington, click to enlarge
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Valeri Chkalov Monument, Pearson Field, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken October 23, 2006.
Image, 2010, DC-3, Pearson Field, Washington, click to enlarge
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Valeri Chkalov Monument, Pearson Field, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken April 1, 2010.
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Valeri Chkalov Monument, Pearson Field, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken April 1, 2010.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 4, 1805 ...





Clark, March 30, 1806 ...




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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:
  • City of Vancouver website, 2004;
  • Fort Vancouver, Pearson Air Museum website, 2010;
  • "HistoryLink.org" website, 2006;
  • Pearson Air Museum website, 2004, 2006;
  • "DC3History.org" website, 2005;


All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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