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The Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce was established by the Air Commerce Act on May 20, 1926. The branch was renamed as the Bureau of Air Commerce in 1934. It was given regulatory power to ensure civil air safety, including pilot testing and licensing, airworthiness certification, safety rule creation and enforcement, aircraft certification, airway establishment, air navigation aid operation and maintenance, and accident investigation. It performed these functions until 1938, until responsibility for non-military aviation was transferred to the new Civil Aeronautics Authority.


Civil Aviation RegulationsEdit

Aviation accident investigations and reportsEdit

1934Edit

Scan Title/Flight Author Incident date Location Publication date
  1934 Northwest Airlines crash Eugene L. Vidal 7 August 1934 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 9 January 1935
  1934 Rapid Airlines crash Eugene L. Vidal 15 November 1934 Amazonia, Missouri 25 March 1935
  1 December 1934 glider crash Eugene L. Vidal 1 December 1934 Miami, Florida
  1934 Braniff Airways crash Eugene L. Vidal 8 December 1934 Columbia, Missouri 15 April 1935
  United Air Lines crash on 20 December 1934 20 December 1934 Western Springs, Illinois 6 February 1936
  American Airlines Flight on 22 December 1934 Eugene L. Vidal 22 December 1934 Sunbright, Tennessee 17 April 1935
  American Airways crash on 28 December 1934 Eugene L. Vidal 28 December 1934 Wilmurt, New York 1935 or later

1935Edit

Scan Title/Flight Author Incident date Location Publication date
  TWA crash on 26 January 1935 Eugene L. Vidal 26 January 1935 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 28 March 1935
  Aeronca crash on 24 March 1935 Eugene L. Vidal 24 March 1935 Columbus Grove, Ohio
  1935 private Welch aircraft crash Eugene L. Vidal 22 April 1935 Portland, Indiana
  1935 Varney Air Transport crash Jesse W. Lankford 1 May 1935 Rattlesnake Butte, Colorado
  TWA Flight 6 (preliminary report) Eugene L. Vidal 6 May 1935 Atlanta, Missouri 8 May 1935
  TWA Flight 6 (memo to the Secretary of Commerce) Eugene L. Vidal 6 May 1935 Atlanta, Missouri 12 June 1935
  TWA Flight 6 (comments subsequent) Eugene L. Vidal 6 May 1935 Atlanta, Missouri 12 June 1935
  1935 Petrol Oil Corporation crash Eugene L. Vidal 7 May 1935 Fillmore, California
  1935 Knowles Flying Service crash Eugene L. Vidal 18 May 1935 Flint, Michigan
  1935 Wyoming Air Service crash Jesse W. Lankford 27 May 1935 Glendo, Wyoming
  Southern Airlines Crash on 28 May 1935 Jesse W. Lankford 28 May 1935 Nilwood, Illinois
  1935 private Monocoupe aircraft crash Eugene L. Vidal 20 June 1935 Pampa, Texas
  1935 private Mercury Chic aircraft crash Eugene L. Vidal 22 June 1935 Garden City, New York
  1935 private Eaglerock A-1 aircraft crash Jesse W. Lankford, Joe T. Shumate, Jr, Richard C. Gazley 29 June 1935 Hartfield, New York
  16 July 1935 Mid-Air Collision Jesse W. Lankford, Joe T. Shumate, Jr, Richard C. Gazley 16 July 1935 Norristown, Pennsylvania
  1935 Wedell Williams Air Service crash Jesse W. Lankford, Joe T. Shumate, Jr, Richard C. Gazley 19 July 1935 Gulfport, Mississippi
  TWA Flight 6 Jesse W. Lankford 3 August 1935 Albuquerque, New Mexico
  Delta Flight 4 4 August 1935 Gilmer, Texas
  1935 Lockheed Orion 9E crash Jesse W. Lankford 15 August 1935 Walakpi, Alaska
  1935 Mayflower Transit Co crash Jesse W. Lankford, Joe T. Shumate, Jr, Richard C. Gazley 15 August 1935 Glendo, Wyoming
  1935 Waco Distributors crash Jesse W. Lankford, Joe T. Shumate, Jr, Richard C. Gazley, A. A. Vollmecke 28 August 1935 Hillsgrove, Rhode Island
  1935 Western Air Express crash Jesse W. Lankford, Joe T. Shumate, Jr, Richard C. Gazley, E. L. Yuravich 1 September 1935 Burbank, California
  8 September 1935 Taylor E-2 crash Eugene L. Vidal 8 September 1935 Danville, Illinois 7 May 1936
  20 September 1935 Taylor E-2 crash Jesse W. Lankford, Joe T. Shumate, Jr, Richard C. Gazley 20 September 1935 Johnstown, New York
  1935 Manning and Terry crash Jesse W. Lankford, Joe T. Shumate, Jr, Richard C. Gazley 26 September 1935 Sheridan, Wyoming
  United Airlines Flight 4 Jesse W. Lankford 17 October 1935 Cheyenne, Wyoming 31 October 1935

1938Edit

Scan Title/Flight Author Incident date Location Publication date
  Samoan Clipper 11 January 1938 Pago Pago, American Samoa 1 April 1938
 

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