Ivan H. Brooks Collection on Flyin' Frolic
Scope and Content
The value of this collection is found in the photographs, most of which are dated 1918. In particular, the photographs record personnel, activities, and aircraft associated with the Flying Frolic, held on the 12th and 13th of November 1918, at Dallas Love Field.
Proceeds from the aviation carnival were used for recreation quarters for aviators stationed at the Advanced Flying School of the American Air Service. To date, these 250 photographs are among the earliest depicting military aviation activities at Love Field. Other Texas materials include photographs and a publication from Call Field Wichita Falls, Texas.
Box, 1, Folder 1 contains a souvenir program.
Folder 2 contains a souvenir edition of the The Love Field Loops.
Folder 3 through 5 contain images depicting grandstands and Midway, crowds arriving via train and automobile; aircraft flying in formation; visiting aircraft on display; commanding officers Gen. Cochran, Camp Bowie; Major Sneed, Love Field; and Lt. Col Clagget, Kelly Field. Activities include Monte Carlo, cabaret, and car auction. Events include parachute jumps and flying formations.
Folder 6 through 10 depict the Air Service Flying School at Love Field. Personnel are student officers Lt. Wm. T. Campbel; mechanics; images of the aircraft, in which the world’s loop record was set, (151 consecutive loops); and Major A. L. Sneed, C.O., in Curtiss JN-4 with OX-5 football team. Facilities are officers quarters, club, YMCA, recruiting station, dope house, aero repair, and engine and machine shops. Maintenance facilities are garbage station, oil station, water cooling, loading crane, and tractors.
Folder 11 Love Field landing field.
Folder 12 depicts visiting engineers and pilots, and ambulance and hospital ship Curtiss JN-4.
Folder 13 depicts a car accident on Hall Street and street scenes.
Folder 14 through 15 depict aircraft accidents at Love Field, Dallas.
Folder 16 through 18 depict aircraft accidents in the North Texas Region: Addison, Arlington, Carrollton, Cleburne, Denison, Denton, Leonard, McKinney, Rockwell, and Richardson.
Folder 19 contains clippings about Ivan H. Brooks.
Folder 20 contains images depicting Ivan H. Brooks during his military career.
Folder 21 content was removed for Institute of Texan Cultures Texas Aviation Exhibition, 1982-05-17. Item is missing, 2018-11-20.
Folder 22 through 23 contain military orders and certificates.
Folder 24 contains an image dedicated to Vernon H. Ramsey and signed by James H. Doolittle. The other image depicts of a group of men clad either in European style suites, or Saudi Arabian kaftans, with ghutras and egals in front of two Grumman G-21 Goose airplanes, No. 41 and No. 34 from the Texaco Oil Company, tail number NC 3500 and TWA Texas.
Box 2, Folder 1 contains a photograph of the U.S. Army School of Military Aeronatuics, at Cornell Universtiy, Ithaca, NY.
- 1917 - 1945
- Majority of material found within 1917 - 1918
Language of Materials
Literary Rights Statement
At the age of nineteen, Brooks was living in Binghamton, NY, where he taught a YMCA class in elementary electricity and played guard on the Centenary basketball team. During his employment as Assistant Manager of Willard Service Station, he enlisted with his parents’ permission at the age of twenty in the United States Army Air Services. In November 1917, Brooks was scheduled to enter pilot training at Mineola, Long Island, for battle and observation planes. Instead, he was sent to the US Army School of Military Aeronautics at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
On February 28, 1918, Brooks received orders as a Flying Cadet to proceed to Camp Dick, Aviation Concentration Camp, Dallas, TX for training. Special Order # 9 from Call Field Headquarters, Wichita Falls, TX, lists Brooks as a Private ordered “to participate regularly and frequently in aerial flights from July 1, 1918…to August, 21, 1918.”
During November 12th to 13th, 1918, Brooks participated in Flyin' Frolic, an aviation carnival to raise money for recreation quarters for aviators stationed at Love Field. The souvenir book, which lists Brooks as a student officer, states, “Love Field is one (of two) of the Advanced Flying Schools of the American Air Service…and the students are all officers who have received their Reserve Military Aviator wings.”
Among the various flying courses are night flying, aerial combat, accuracy tests, and advanced acrobatics. Love Field includes a stage of “upside-down flying.” Upon leaving the facility, the aviators are assigned to advanced training fields in the country or abroad.
On January 31, 1922, Brooks was appointed Second Lieutenant, Air Service, Officers’ Reserve Corps. In 1928, Brooks was a member of the Aero Club of Atlantic City and served on the Program Committee. In addition, he wrote articles about the Club’s history. Every Wednesday, he had an aviation broadcast on the radio station WPG. From 1929 through 1935, Brooks served in the Reserves, until his commission lapsed.
- Ivan H. Brooks Collection on Flying Frolic, Military Records, Folder 23, Box 1, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
1.6 Linear Feet (One half-size manuscript box and one non-standard box (17x11.5x3).)
Images in this collection are identified by a unique number that provides information about the format, record group, collection, series, box, folder, and image numbers. Please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.
Record Group Code
1 = CAT/Air American Archives
2 = Doolittle Archives
3 = Lighter than Air Archives
4 = George H. Williams, Jr., World War I Aviation Library
5 = History of Aviation Archives
6 = University Archives
7 = HAC Stacks
8 = WPRL Stacks
9 = Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Collection
10 = Belsterling Collection
11 = Closed Stacks
12 = Unidentified
13 = Chance Vought Archives
14 = Twirly Birds Archives
Image Format Code
P = Photograph/Postcard
S = Slide
N = Negative
T = Positive Transparency
B = Black and White
C = Color
5 = History of Aviation Archives
IHB = Ivan H. Brooks Collection on Flying Frolic
= Series Number
1 = Box Number
1 = Folder Number
P = Photograph/Postcard
B = Black and White
1 = Image Number
Images archived in plastic image holders may also have a location code in the format: 1/TL. In this example, the number is the sheet number and the letters indicate the top left position on the sheet. Position indicators are T = top, L = left, R = right, M = middle, and B = bottom. Position indicators may be combined to describe the position on the sheet, as shown in this example.
Note to the Researcher
- Aeronautics, Military
- Air pilots
- Air pilots--Training of--United States.
- Air shows
- Aircraft accidents
- Airplanes, Military Accidents.
- Cornell University
- Curtiss JN-4 (Training plane)
- Dallas Love Field
- Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993
- Flight training
- Goose (Amphibian plane)
- Grumman airplanes
- History of Aviation Collection
- National Board of the Young Men’s Christian Associations
- Texas Company
- World War, 1914-1918
- World War, 1914-1918 Aerial operations
- Guide Ivan H. Brooks Collection on Flyin' Frolic, 1897-
- Nava, Patrizia, 1960-
- Description rules
- Language of description
- English (eng)
- Edition statement
- First revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2018-11-19.
Part of the Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Archives. Repository
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