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Letter to "Dad" from "Ed." Discusses his being selected to go to Dayton, Ohio for the test flights of the Boeing Model 299. Includes envelope, 1935 August 8

 File — Box: Assorted rare collections, Box 1, Folder: 1
The collection contains two items: the original logbook for flight tests of the Boeing Model 299, and a letter from Boeing engineer Edward C. Wells to his father, Edward L. Wells.

The logbook, "Log of Plane. Mod - 299. MFG - 1963," includes the license number (13372) and one page of test flight information for eighteen flights, starting on July 28, 1935 and ending on October 24, 1935. The logbook includes the date, length of flight, origination and destination, and purpose, such as "test" or "ferry." It also include the names of the pilots in most entries, noted as "[Leslie] Tower & Wait." No other pilots or crew are identified.

The handwritten letter to "Dad" from "Ed" is 2.5 pages long. Although the letter itself is undated, the envelope is postmarked August 8, 1935. In the letter, Ed discusses Ed being chosen by Boeing to go to a test-flying competition at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio with the Model 299 and Boeing President C.L. Egvedt. It also expresses Ed's pride in his job and hope for contracts as a result of the trip. The letter has been transcribed.


  • 1935 August 8

Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

For preservation reasons, researchers should not handle original materials. Digital copies are available. For more information contact us.


From the Collection: 0.03 Cubic Feet (1 file folder)

Additional details

Envelope is postmarked August 8, 1935 and is addressed to "Edward L. Wells" [Wells's father] in Portland, Oregon Under the sender's Seattle from address is a handwritten notation: "Edw. C. Wells." Along the front bottom edge of the envelope there is a handwritten caption, likely added by Edward L. Wells: "Ed going to Dayton, Ohio with Presidetn C. L. Egtevdt for the B-17 competition."

The letter has been transcribed.


Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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