October 29, 2022

Lincoln Airplane School [RG4172.AM]


RG4172.AM: Lincoln Airplane School (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Lesson manual: ca. 1929
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska
Size: 0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box


The Lincoln Aircraft Company was organized in 1919. That first year the company employed ten men and produced twelve airplanes. Ray Page took over the company on August 6, 1920 and renamed it the Lincoln Standard Aircraft Company. Under Page, the company expanded to eighty employees and produced two aircraft per week. By the mid-1920s the company claimed to be the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the country.

Ray Page established the Lincoln Airplane School in the same building as his airplane factory at 2409 “O” Street. Actual flight instruction took place at a field on South 14th Street in the area now occupied by the Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery. The most famous pupil of the school was Charles A. Lindbergh, who received instruction there in 1922.


This collection consists of one box containing a lesson manual. The manual, once in book form, is now arranged in folders by lesson numbers. Lessons covered all aspects of ground training, including a history of aviation, definition of terms, airplane construction, mechanical apparatus use and navigation training. A student of the school apparently used the manual in 1929.


Box 1

  1. Lesson 1 – History of Aviation and Definition of Terms
    Lesson 2 – Theory of Flight and Plane Construction
  2. Lesson 3 – Landing Gears, Tail Surfaces, and Tail Skids
    Lesson 4 – The Controls and Their Purpose
    Lesson 5 – Aligning, Rigging and Airplane Wires
    Lesson 6 – Fabrication, Doping, and Finishing
    Lesson 7 – The Four Cycle Engine Principle
  3. Lesson 8 – Water Cooled Engines
    Lesson 9 – Air-Cooled Radial Engines
    Lesson 10 – Valve Timing
    Lesson 11 – Soldering
  4. Lesson 12 – Electricity and Magnetism
    Lesson 13 – The Magneto and How It Generates Electricity
    Lesson 14 – Scintilla Aircraft Magnetos
    Lesson 15 – Aircraft Magnetos
  5. Lesson 16 – Precision Tools
    Lesson 17 – The Curtiss OX-5 Motor Disassembly
    Lesson 18 – Wright Whirlwind Engine
  6. Lesson 19 – “Wasp” Engine
    Lesson 20 – Engine Lubrication
    Lesson 21 – Installation and Timing of Magnetos
    Lesson 22 – Spark Plugs
  7. Lesson 23 – Carburetion
    Lesson 24 – Aircraft Carburetors
    Lesson 25 – Aircraft Engine Installation
    Lesson 26 – Aircraft Generators
  8. Lesson 27 – Aircraft Engine Starters
    Lesson 28 – Aircraft Storage Batteries
    Lesson 29 – Oxy-Acetylene Welding
    Lesson 30 – Aircraft Wood and Wing Construction
  9. Lesson 31 – Rib Types and the Slotted Wing
    Lesson 32 – Propellers
    Lesson 33 – Aircraft Instruments and Equipment
    Lesson 34 – Map Reading and Course Finding
  10. Lesson 35 – Navigation
    Lesson 36 – Meteorology
    Lesson 37 – Cloud Formations
  11. Lesson 38 – Airports and Airport Lighting
    Lesson 39 – Air Commerce Regulations
    Lesson 40 – Blue Print Reading

Subject headings:

Aeronautics — Nebraska
Education — Nebraska
Lincoln Airplane School (Lincoln, Nebraska)

AP/pmc 10-17-1986
Revised TMM 08-13-2018

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