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The Flight Club (1931-1935) at William & Mary is believed to be the first such club at a college. The Flight Club won the Loening Trophy in inter-collegiate flying competition in 1933 and a second prize of $100 in 1934. As of 1978, the Loening Trophy with William & Mary inscribed on it was at the National Space Museum. William & Mary was one of the few colleges with a Department of Aeronautics.

View Flight Club Trophy from the University Archives Artifact Collection at 1

View Flight Club Patch from the University Archives Artifact Collection at 2


  • Flight School, University Archives Subject File, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, William & Mary.

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