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Harry Weddington Collection

Identifier: H005-03

Scope and Content

This collection contains emorabilia, personal papers, clippings, flight records, pilot's book, licenses, ratings, scrapbooks, personal records, financial records, photographs that were created and/or collected by Harry Weddington during his flying career. The Harry Weddington Collection is house in three boxes of various sizes totatling 2.0 linear ft.

The collection arrived in fair condition and was initially processed with only a container list as description. Due to a change of the content management system, further description proved to be necessary.


  • 1914 - 1943
  • Majority of material found within 1931 - 1939


Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

LIterary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Biographical Sketch

Harry Weddington was an early aviator and flight instructor. He served in the United States Air Force.

From 1914 thourgh 1916, he taught himself to fly in a home-built airplane. His mother helped in the construction of the Curtiss pusher aircraft.

Along with Choice Holden, the "Hugo Birdman" embarked upon an advertising ventrue using a hot air balloon. Although the adventure was not successful, both young men escaped without innjury. Such was not the case for the test-pilot of the Curtiss-pusher E. C. Christy, who died from injuries sustained in the fire and crash of the plane.

Eventhough Weddington vowed never to fly again, he joined the Air Corps a year later. These early accidents may have influenced the career officer, for his command at Abilene and Avenger fields records outstanding safety records.

From 1927 through 1934, Weddington was stationed at Hensley Field, Dallas, where he became involved in the community. After graduation from Air Corops Tactical School in 1935, he trained Texas National Guard Reserve Pilots from June 1935 until his transfer to France Field, Canal Zone, in late August 1929. He served a tour of three and a half years duty in the Trinidad sector of the Panama Canal Zone. After brief tours at airbases in Luisiana and South Carolina, Weddington spent his last twenty-three month in the service as Commanding Officer of Abilene and Avenger fields, Second Air Force fighter pilot training stations.


2.0 Linear Feet (One manuscript box, two half-size manuscript boxes, and one non-standard box (20.5x16.5x1.5).)


Harry Weddington was an early aviator and flight instructor.

Series Description

The archivist kept the original organization intact without any further arrangement.

Provenance Statement

The Harry Weddington Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Mrs. Harry Weddington on 1963-01-01.

Additional Sources

Additional information can be found in the History of Aviation Archives in the following collections:

History of Aviation Archives.

Image ID

It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

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

Example: 5HW-1-1-PB1

5 = History of Aviation Archives

HW= Harry Weddington Collection

= 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.

Guide to the Harry Weddington Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Archives. Repository

3020 Waterview Pkwy
Suite 11.206
Richardson Texas 75080 US