Museum of Flight Oral History Collection

Title

Museum of Flight Oral History Collection

Description

The Museum of Flight Oral History Collection chronicles the personal stories of individuals in the fields of aviation and aerospace, from pilots and engineers to executives. This collection, which dates from 2013 to present, consists of digital video recordings and transcripts, which illustrate these individuals’ experiences, relationship with aviation, and advice for those interested in the field. By the end of 2019, approximately 76 interviews will have had been conducted. The interviews range in length from approximately 20 minutes to 4 hours and 45 minutes. Most interviews are completed in one session, but some participants were interviewed over multiple occasions.

The personal stories in this collection span much of the modern history of flight, from the Golden Age of Aviation in the 1930s, to the evolution of jet aircraft in the mid-twentieth century, to the ongoing developments of the Space Age. The selected interviewees represent a wide range of career paths and a diverse cross-section of professionals, each of whom made significant contributions to their field. Among the many interviewees are Calvin Kam, a United States Army veteran who served as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War; Robert “Bob” Alexander, a mechanical engineer who helped design the Hubble Telescope; and Betty Riley Stockard, a flight attendant during the 1940s who once acted as a secret parcel carrier during World War II.

The production of the videos was funded by Mary Kay and Michael Hallman. Processing and cataloging of the videos was made possible by a 4Culture "Heritage Projects" grant.

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Date

2013-current

Creator

Museum of Flight (Seattle, Wash.)

Format

oral histories (literary works)

Language

English

Rights Holder

The Museum of Flight Archives

Rights

Permission to publish material from the Museum of Flight Oral History Collection must be obtained from The Museum of Flight Archives.

Bibliographic Citation

The Museum of Flight Oral History Collection/The Museum of Flight

Identifier

2019-00-00.100

Collection Organization

Collection Items

Soyeon Yi oral history interview
Born-digital video recording of an oral history with Soyeon Yi and interviewer Geoff Nunn, recorded as part of The Museum of Flight Oral History Program, November 28, 2017.

Brien Wygle oral history interview
Born-digital video recording of an oral history with Brien Wygle and interviewer Dan Hagedorn, recorded as part of The Museum of Flight Oral History Program, November 13, 2013.

Dave Wellman oral history interview
Born-digital video recording of an oral history with David C. "Dave" Wellman and interviewer Bruce Florsheim, recorded as part of The Museum of Flight Oral History Program, May 18, 2018.

Paul Weaver oral history interview (Part 2 of 2)
Born-digital video recording of an oral history with Paul L. Weaver and interviewer Steve Little, recorded as part of The Museum of Flight Oral History Program, May 24, 2019. Part 2 of 2.

Paul Weaver oral history interview (Part 1 of 2)
Born-digital video recording of an oral history with Paul L. Weaver and interviewer Steve Little, recorded as part of The Museum of Flight Oral History Program, March 11, 2019. Part 1 of 2.

Donald Ulmer oral history interview
Born-digital video recording of an oral history with Donald M. "Don" Ulmer and interviewer John Barth, recorded as part of The Museum of Flight Oral History Program, June 19, 2017.

Dick Taylor oral history interview
Born-digital video recording of an oral history with Richard W. "Dick" Taylor and interviewer Dan Hagedorn, recorded as part of The Museum of Flight Oral History Program, February 13, 2014.

Anne Simpson oral history interview
Born-digital video recording of an oral history with Anne Simpson and interviewer Dan Hagedorn, recorded as part of The Museum of Flight Oral History Program, January 13, 2016.

Brian Shul oral history interview
Born-digital video recording of an oral history with Brian Shul and interviewer Mike Martinez, recorded as part of The Museum of Flight Oral History Program, August 6, 2017.

Donald Scott oral history interview
Born-digital video recording of an oral history with Donald L. Scott and interviewer Ted Lehberger, recorded as part of The Museum of Flight Oral History Program, March 8, 2018.
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