In honor of Super Bowl 50, archivist Elizabeth Borja uncovered these images of Robert “Bob” Eucker sporting a football helmet while standing atop his Bell P-63A Kingcobra. Eucker had just won the Sohio Handicap Trophy Race in the 1948 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio. To celebrate his $3,150 win, Eucker borrowed a football helmet from his local high school and can be seen celebrating atop his airplane "Spirit of 'Tick'"
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"All the Way Choo Choo" sheet music, 1949.
"I Fell Asleep at the Football Game" sheet music from 1935. Did anyone fall asleep when the lights went out?
Bell No. 2 Rocket Belt. Also known as a "Jet Pack," they have made Super Bowl appearances with a halftime flight at Super Bowl I and in the pregame show for Super Bowl XIX.
Football type helmet worn by Bernie Caine for human pickup experiments with the Museum's Stinson SR-10 aircraft.
Super Bowl XVIII, 1984. Redskins vs. Raiders. United Airlines advertising poster. #MuseumSuperBowl
Now THESE would have been some prime tickets to score! Super Bowl I, in 1967, gets honored on a stamp. #MuseumSuperBowl
This Goodyear C-49 airship control car flew with the Goodyear blimp over the 1977, 1980, 1983, and 1985 Super Bowls.
The Goodyear blimp has flown over sporting events for over 50 years. The C-49 control car on this airship saw duty over the 1977, 1980, 1983, and 1985 Super Bowls. The Goodyear blimp pictured here, Columbia N4A, also starred in the Hollywood thriller Black Sunday (1977) / Courtesy of Goodyear
Harvard vs. Carlisle football game on November 9, 1907. A time when helmets resembled aviator caps. Forward passes had been legal for less than a year, and Carlisle made use of them. Harvard had won the 10 previous meets, but Carlisle won this game 23-15. More: http://s.si.edu/hniZf / Photo by Edgar W. Mix
"Maybe It's Love" sheet music, 1938. Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, ca. 1790-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
The quest for his trophy is ON! #MuseumSuperBowl
Football jersey from "Roger the Dodger," U.S. Naval Academy, winner of the 1963 Heisman Trophy. In eleven seasons as Cowboys quarterback, Staubach took his team to two Super Bowl championships, in 1972 and 1978.
The evolution of the football's shape
The Early History of Football’s Forward Pass
"Score One for Roosevelt" How Teddy Roosevelt helped save football by making the sport safer for players
Abstracted football player "Gridiron" Carl Holty 1943-4
Sidewall, "College Days" 1948
"Roll On, Tulane (The Olive and Blue)" sheet music, 1925 #museumsuperbowl
1909 sheet music for "Harvardiana" #museumsuperbowl