Archival Collection #079 - Jack Steen/Driggs Skylark Bi-Plane relates to the Driggs Skylark Biplane in the Museum’s collection. It consists of original documentation of the airplane by Driggs and its engine suppliers, Cirrus and Rover; biographical information on inventory Ivan Driggs; Photo documentation of Skylarks as they were historically and documents related to the restoration of our Biplane (SN3016). These materials were collected by Dr. Les Steen of Lansing and donors as part of their efforts to restore the Driggs Skylark in Museum's collections. This collection represents an important research collection relating to the Driggs Aviation Corp. and the Driggs Skylark and the Museum owns the only production model Skylark in existence, as well as other artifacts relating to the Skylark.
Twenty-one Skylarks were produced between 1929-1931. The information in this collection was complied by Dr. Les Seen and his son, Jack Steen as documentation for the restoration of the Museum's Skylark. This documentation was instrumental in their wining the award of "Grand Champion - Antique" for their restoration at the 1993 airshow of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
A full listing of the contents of this collection can be found in the finding aid that is attached to the media section of this catalog entry.
Driggs Aircraft Company The Driggs Aircraft Company was founded by Ivan Driggs in Lansing, Michigan in 1927. The company produced several models of aircraft including the Driggs Dart I and the Driggs Dart II, as well as the Driggs Skylark. The company was closed in 1931 due to economic hardships brought on by the Great Depression.