Winnie Mae Airplane

ID: SIA2011-0185 and 32307-9

Creator: Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954

Form/Genre: Interior

Date: February 19, 1936

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Ruel P. Tolman Collection, Scrapbook II, 1

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Suspended from the ceiling in the Arts and Industries Building is the Winnie Mae, a special Lockheed Model 5C Vega flown by famed aviator Wiley Post. The plane completed two around-the-world record flights and a series of special high-altitude substratospheric research flights. Three men stand looking up at the plane. One is leaning on a exhibit table. Exhibit cases hold coins from the Numismatics Exhibit and paintings on the walls are from the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art. The image was taken by Ruel P. Tolman, Director of Smithsonian National Collection of Fine Arts, and is included in a scrapbook of photographs of Smithsonian staff, grounds and buildings, exhibitions, and Washington, D.C. scenes. (Section A)


  • Post, Wiley
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • Smithsonian Gallery of Art
  • United States National Museum
  • National Air and Space Museum


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


See Negative Numbers 32291-B and 91-3702 for other images of the plane.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Ruel P. Tolman Collection, Scrapbook II, 1

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


February 19, 1936

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions


  • Airplanes
  • Money
  • Artifacts
  • Coins
  • Exhibit cases
  • Aeronautics
  • Winnie Mae (Airplane)
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Numismatics
  • Museum visitors
  • Painting
  • Lockheed Model 5C Vega


  • Interior
  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

ID Number

SIA2011-0185 and 32307-9

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Sepia; Size: 2.25w x 2.25h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Interior; Medium: Photographic print

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