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Katherine Duffy Ashe Kla Ha Ya Flight Collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 2011-07-20
The Katherine Duffy Ashe Kla Ha Ya Flight Collection consists of five black-and-white 6x8" photographs and four newspaper clippings relating to the 1914 flight of Katherine Duffy Ashe and pilot T. T. Maroney in a Curtiss Model D 1912 Pusher at the Kla Ha Ya Days festival in Snohomish, Washington.

Each of the photographs is affixed to a matboard with "O. E. Graves, Everett, Wash." (photographer Orrin E. Graves) pressed into the lower left corner of the border. On the reverse, each photograph includes a partial red and blue sticker "Everett Kla-How-Yah July 1-2-3-4." Additionally, each image has "Everett Kla-How-Yah 1914" printed on the front left corner of the photograph and are numbered 1-5. The images depict Ashe and Maroney next to and in the parked aircraft.

Photograph "1" includes three newspaper clippings taped on the verso that relate to Ashe, her flight with Maroney, and the death of T. T. Maroney.

Photograph "1" and "3" each have a handwritten note on the reverse: "Curtiss Model D 1912 Model."

Photograph "5" has a handwritten note on the reverse: "Terah T. Maroney, July 3, 1913 - Harold L. [Moody?], Jr., July 3, 1914 - Miss Katherine Duffy, July 3, 1914" with the word "Aviators" to the right of the caption.

There is also one photocopy of a Bellingham Sunday Herald article that features an interview with Katherine Ashe Duffy about her experience, August 7, 1977.


  • 1914, 1977


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 file folder)

Biographical Note: Katherine Duffy Ashe

Katherine Duffy Ashe was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on August 24, 1893.In 1914, she was chosen as the "Queen" of Kla Ha Ya Days, an annual festival held in Snohomish, Washington, and rode on the wing of T.T. Maroney's stunt plane. This ride marked the longest flight ever made, at that time, by a woman in Everett, Washington and reached an altitude of 1,500 feet. She died in 1996.


Biography derived from collection material and donor information.

Immediate Source of Acquistion

The collection was donated by Helen Ashe, the daughter of Katherine Duffy Ashe.

Existence and Location of Copies

Materials from this collection have been digitized and are available at The Museum of Flight Digital Collections.
Guide to the Katherine Duffy Ashe Kla Ha Ya Flight Collection
Completed - Level 2
J. Parent
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
2nd edition

Revision Statements

  • May 2020: Updated related agents, added provenance, corrected two minor typos.

Repository Details

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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