Request #19-8

Port of Oakland Archives: photographs from 1932-1934 of the Vance Flying Wing

I am looking for photographs of an unusual airplane, usually called the Vance Flying Wing, that was built at Oakland Municipal Airport in 1932.

There are references to the airplane, its creator Claire Vance, and his company, the Vance Aircraft Company, in the Port of Oakland Board Minutes from 1932, 1933, and 1934.

I found a website ( that has two photographs of the Vance Flying Wing that indicate that the source is the "Port of Oakland Archives".  Therefore I expect that there are at least two, and possibly more, photographs of the airplane in the Port of Oakland's historical archives.

I would be willing to pay reasonable costs for the relevant part of the Archives to be searched and for high resolution scanned images of any quality photographs of the airplane that are found.  Drawings of the airplane would also be interest to me.

Please note that I am looking for the photographs for a personal project and I do not have any commercial intentions.




January 27, 2019 via web


February 6, 2019


Aviation, Environmental


Eric Freeman





Point of Contact

Eugene Park

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Dear Freeman:

We have released all of the records we have responsive to your request.  These include the underlying email transmitting the two photos to the website you mentioned, two additional photos of the Vance Flying Wing we had in our archives, and another reference to the Vance Aircraft Company from a different year's Board minutes (1931).  If you post/share these photos, we ask that you also attribute them to "Port of Oakland Archives."  Unfortunately we do not have any other photos, higher resolution photos, or plane drawings.  Thank you again for your request.


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January 30, 2019, 10:44am
Document(s) Released Public
Clair K. Vance.msg
1931-10-19 Minutes (Vance Aircraft).pdf
January 30, 2019, 10:42am
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January 28, 2019, 8:42am by Eugene Park (Staff)
Request Published Public
January 28, 2019, 8:42am
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Added: Aviation, Environmental.
January 28, 2019, 8:42am
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Request received via web
January 27, 2019, 1:36pm