Corsair Bond Certificate:
Issued on Labor Day, September, 7th 1942 We have a few of these placed throughout the museum. This one is the first one we have encountered that is typewritten and for 2 shares, all the others are handwritten and for 1 share.
Non Combatant Gas Mask – Donated by Susan French, this was found locally and would be of the type employees at the plant might have had access to in the event of an Air Raid.
United Aircraft workers badge from WWII: This 1940’s badge came with the 2 military insignia’s, we do not have a name. If you recognize the face please let us know.
Brewster Aircraft Guards Badge (On Loan from the Soltis Collection) This badge rounds out artifacts from the 3 companies that produced the Corsair. We already have Chance Vought, Vought Sikorsky, and Goodyear guard or worker badges in the collection on display.
Aviation & Cameras
This showcase has four cameras and is located in our reception room. Our Director located some rare pictures of two of the camera’s being used and he has added descriptive placards for each of the 4 camera’s.
There are two World War two aerial cameras, a K-20 and F-56 that were secured for the museum a MIT sale with the help of Andy Pawl.
The third is WWII gun camera on loan from Drew King that would have been in the wing of WWII fighters to record aerial combat.
The fourth is amazing in itself. During the war Chance Vought had 2 photographers. The camera to the lower left is an identical version of the one that belonged to George Kerson, one of the two photographers. Although the camera is a copy all the accessories are original from Chance Vought including an original photo of the assembly line on the upper shelf. The camera and accessories from George Kerson are on loan from his sons Fred and Robert.
World War One Aviator’s foot locker found in a house in Hamden Ct. The aviator that owned this trunk was from Connecticut and belonged the AEF ( American Expeditionary Forces ). It was donated by Tom Fitzsimons who was the last one to own it. It is currently not on display in our Archives.