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Leslie J. Payne flight log

Object Details

Biographical/Historical note
As a young child, Leslie Payne (1907-1981) went to an air show and became fascinated by aviation. Although he worked as a handyman and crabber on the Chesapeake Bay, his real passion was creating what he called "imitation" airplanes, crafted out of scrap metal, fabric and wood. Payne eventually created assemblages large enough to take local kids for rides up and down his family's field, propelled by salvaged aircraft engines he had restored. Payne also kept "flight logs," or scrapbooks in which he entered the names of his passengers and his imaginary destination for a flight. In addition to this flight log, Anacostia Community Museum holds one of Payne's airplanes in its collection, as well as a flight suit, aviator's cap and a section of Payne's replica of a control tower.
circa 1950
0.417 Linear feet (1 box)
Leslie Payne scrapbook, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Regenia Perry.
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Flight logs
African American folk art
Finding aid
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