Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with William A. Kidder

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Titles Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with William A. Kidder
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: William Anson Kidder was involved in early airplane sales in Minnesota, dating to before World War I. He owned an airfield near the fairgrounds in St. Paul and was active in the founding of Northwest Airlines. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Pre-World War I flying in California. Buying Curtiss airplanes from John Willys for the Curtiss Northwest Airplane Company. Starting an airplane company in Minnesota in 1918. Anecdotes about early pilots and flying. The influence of Henry and Edsel Ford on flying in Minnesota. Early Northwest aircraft. The Northwest 25th anniversary. Anecdotes about crop dusting and thrill flying. The first airplane related lawsuit in Minnesota. Working with Northern States Power on aerial photos. Early Minnesota airports.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
29 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 60 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Kidder, William Anson
Interviewer: Holey, George
Interviewer: Holey, Anne M.
Dates Creation: 06/15/1965
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 101 (Library Call Number)
AV1992.88.13 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project'


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