Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Donald E. Heagle Flying collection
Creator: Heagle, Donald E.
Inclusive dates: 1919-1946, and undated
Extent: 1.25 cubic foot (in 2 boxes)
Collection includes clippings, photographs, brochures, information about famous pilots, planes, flights, plane manufacturers, airlines, general aviation history, Grand Rapids Art Fair and airport information, Heagle's pilot log book and lessons from the Furniture Capital Air School of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

no Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Donald E. Heagle Flying collection is open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Donald E. Heagle Flying collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical, and then chronological.



Donald E. Heagle (December 8, 1911-July 10, 1997) was a pilot and a mechanic with Stout Air Services, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (This information is from the collection and the Social Security Death Index.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes clippings from newspapers and magazines, photographs, brochures, and other memorabilia on Dr. Hugo, Eckener, Charles Lindberg and his flight to Paris, Admiral Byrd’s flight to the South Pole, women pilots, zeppelins, plane crashes, various companies that manufactured planes or plane parts, including Buhl Aircraft Company, Forker (GM.), Ford Motor Company, Kohler Corporation, and airlines including Detroit–Grand Rapids Airline, Furniture Capital Air Service, and Stout Air Service, Inc., and materials related to the Grand Rapids Air Fair, 1927, and airport, as well as the history of aviation, in general.

Also included are Heagle’s pilot log book, 1927-1931, and lessons from the Furniture Capital Air School, undated.

Subject Terms

    • Heagle, Donald E.
    • Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1888-1957.
    • Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974.
    • Eckener, Hugo, 1868-1954.
    • Detroit Air Lines.
    • Furniture Capital Air School (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
    • Ford Motor Company.
    • Kent County International Airport (Grand Rapids, Mich.)--History.
    • Women air pilots.
    • Airships--History.
    • Airports--Michigan--Grand Rapids.
    • Transport planes--History.
    • Aircraft industry.
    • Aircraft accidents.
    • Air pilots--History.
    • Air pilots--Biography.
    • Transatlantic flights.
    • Aeronautics--Flights.
    • Grand Rapids (Mich.)--History.
    • Kent County (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Donald E. Heagle Flying collection. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Airplanes and Engines, Manufacturers Specifications, 1929
    Box   1 F   2
    Buhl Aircraft Company (Marysville, Michigan) brochure, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Byrd, Richard, Clippings, 1926-1930
    Box   1 F   4
    Detroit, Grand Rapids Air Line, 1926-1927, undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Ephemera, Hat, Ribbon and Armband, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Fokker, General Motors Brochure, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Ford Planes, Brochure, 1930, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Furniture Capital Air School, Curriculum Text (1-11), undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Furniture Capital Air School, Curriculum Text (12-22), undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Furniture Capital Air Service (Grand Rapids), undated
    Box   1 F   11
    Grand Rapids Air Fair, 1927
    Box   1 F   12
    Grand Rapids, Airport, 1926
    Box   1 F   13
    Grand Rapids, Clippings (Copies) , 1920-1926
    Box   1 F   14
    History of Flight Clippings, 1927-1929
    Box   1 F   15
    Kohler Corporation, Brochure, 1931
    Box   1 F   16
    Lindbergh, Charles, Clippings (Copies), 1927
    Box   1 F   17
    Lindbergh, Charles, National Air tour brochure, 1927
    Box   1 F   18
    Pilots Log Book (Heagle’s), 1927-1931
    Box   1 F   19
    Racing and Endurance Records, Clippings (Copies), 1919, undated
    Box   1 F   20
    Plane Crashes, Clippings (Copies), 1925-1931
    Box   1 F   22
    Scrapbook, 1926-1927
    Box   1 F   23
    Stout Airlines, 1926, 1930, 1946
    Box   1 F   24
    Women Pilots, Clippings, 1928
    Box   1 F   25
    Zeppelins, Clippings (, undated
    Box   2 F   1
    Photograph Album, 1926-1931