Item 371N6199 - Rankin brothers’ On-to-Oregon and Shell Oil plane conducting aerial refueling test

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Rankin brothers’ On-to-Oregon and Shell Oil plane conducting aerial refueling test


  • 1930-08-16 (Creation)


Photograph; cellulose nitrate film; 3.625 x 4.625 in

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Aerial photograph showing a Shell Oil monoplane transferring fuel to a Stinson monoplane, the On-To-Oregon, over the Portland area on Saturday, August 16, 1930. A person, probably Dick Rankin, is waving from the top of the On-To-Oregon. The Shell plane was flown by W. G. Fletcher and the On-To-Oregon was flown by Tex Rankin. The aerial refueling was a test run before the first of four unsuccessful attempts by Tex Rankin and his brothers, Dick and Dud Rankin, to set an endurance flying record that month. A cropped and partially masked version of this photograph appears to have been published on Page 2 of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, August 17, 1930. The photograph was published under the headline “Three Times Daily—For How Long?” It had the following caption: “Air picture taken by Roy Norr, Journal staff photographer, of the refueling rehearsal act Saturday between a Shell Oil plane and the On-to-Oregon endurance plane of the Rankin brothers. They expect to do this three times a day on the flight, which is scheduled to start at 10 o’clock this morning.” The photograph accompanied the continuation of a front-page story about the refueling test and and plans for the endurance flight. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6060, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6132, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6228, 371N6233, and 371N6234. Image note: Damaged negative.

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Oregon Journal Negative Collection; Org. Lot 1368; Box 371; 0371N6199

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