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Langley Theater Audio Tape Preservation Project Collection

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Names:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Samuel P. Langley Theater  Search this
Bader, Douglas Robert Stuart  Search this
Boyington, Gregory W. "Pappy"  Search this
Davis, Benjamin O., Jr., 1912-  Search this
Gabreski, Francis  Search this
Galland, Adolf  Search this
Gay, George  Search this
Hill, David L. "Tex"  Search this
Lopez, Donald S.,, 1923-2008  Search this
Neumann, Gerhard  Search this
Tibbets, Paul W. (Paul Warfield), 1915-2007  Search this
Yeager, Charles Elwood "Chuck"  Search this
Extent:
4 Cubic feet ((19 boxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Audiotapes
CD-ROMs
Date:
bulk 1976-2001
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the cd and tape copies of this project. Please note that the original recordings are NOT part of this collection; the originals were returned to their original tape series and accession. The collection also contains the background documentation on this project, including grant information, and tape summaries.
Biographical / Historical:
The Langley Theater (now called the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater) at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) has been the venue for numerous lectures, seminars and special events. Opened in 1976, the theater was an arena for speakers who dealt with almost every aspect of aviation and space history and science. Many famed pilots and astronauts, aircraft and spaceship designers, and space scientists presented lectures or were part of symposiums at the Museum's theater. These presentations, preserved on audio cassette tapes, constitute a rich historical legacy in sound. In 1994, curator Von Hardesty, Aeronautics Division, received a 5000 dollar grant from the Aviation and Space Writers Foundation to help with the cataloging and preservation of the theater lecture tapes. As the grant was not large enough to pay for outside conservation work, equipment (one CD recorder and two audio tape cassette recorders) was purchased and an archival preservation system was implemented. Each selected tape had a cassette and CD copy made. Famous lecturers include: David L. "Tex" Hill, Gerhard Neumann, Adolf Galland, Douglas Bader, George Gay, Gregory W. "Pappy" Boyington, Donald Lopez, Johannes Steinhoff, Francis Stanley "Gabby" Gabrieski, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager, and Paul Tibbets.
Provenance:
Aeronautics Division, NASM, Transfer, 2012
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Fighter pilots  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
CD-ROMs
Citation:
Langley Theater Audio Tape Preservation Project Collection , Accession 2012-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2012.0034
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2012-0034

Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay Autographed Crew Photograph

Creator:
United States. Army Air Forces  Search this
Names:
Ferebee, Thomas Wilson,, 1918-2000  Search this
Tibbets, Paul W. (Paul Warfield), 1915-2007  Search this
Van Kirk, Theodore J. "Dutch"  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Signatures (names)
Photographs
Date:
1946
Summary:
This collection consists of one 10 by 8 inch black and white photograph, taken in 1946, of Paul Warfield Tibbets, Thomas Wilson Ferebee, and Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk, in uniform. The photograph is signed by all three in blue ink.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of one 10 by 8 inch black and white photograph, taken in 1946, of Paul Warfield Tibbets, Thomas Wilson Ferebee, and Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk, in uniform. The photograph is signed by all three in blue ink.
Arrangement:
This collection is in original order.
Biographical / Historical:
Boeing's B-29 Superfortress was the most sophisticated propeller-driven bomber of World War II, and the first bomber to house its crew in pressurized compartments. Although designed to fight in the European theater, the B-29 found its niche on the other side of the globe. In the Pacific, B-29s delivered a variety of aerial weapons: conventional bombs, incendiary bombs, mines, and two nuclear weapons. On August 6, 1945, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped the first atomic weapon used in combat on Hiroshima, Japan. After the war, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay returned to the United States before being flown to Kwajalein Island in May 1946 for use in the Operation Crossroads Nuclear Tests. Paul Warfield Tibbets served as the pilot for the Hiroshima mission, Thomas Wilson Ferebee was the bombardier, and Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk was the navigator. All three were later involved in Operation Crossroads as part of the 58th Bombardment Wing, 509th Composite Group.
Provenance:
Timothy Wuwert, Gift, 2018
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Genre/Form:
Signatures (names)
Photographs
Citation:
Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay Autographed Crew Photograph, NASM.2018.0018, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2018.0018
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2018-0018
Additional Online Media:

Duty : a father, his son, and the man who won the war / Bob Greene

Author:
Greene, Bob  Search this
Subject:
Greene, Bob Family  Search this
Greene, Robert B. 1915-1998  Search this
Tibbets, Paul W (Paul Warfield) 1915-2007-  Search this
Physical description:
295 p. ; 21 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Ohio
Columbus
Hiroshima-shi (Japan)
Date:
2001
2000
Bombardment, 1945
Topic:
Soldiers  Search this
Fathers and sons  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
PS3557.R37963 D88 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_829168

Return of the Enola Gay / Paul W. Tibbets

Title:
Enola Gay
Author:
Tibbets, Paul W (Paul Warfield) 1915-2007  Search this
Subject:
Tibbets, Paul W (Paul Warfield) 1915-2007  Search this
Enola Gay (Bomber)  Search this
Physical description:
339 p., [21] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Personal narratives
Place:
Hiroshima-shi (Japan)
Date:
1998
Bombardment, 1945
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
D767.25.H6 T53 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_726969

The Tibbets story / Paul W. Tibbets, Jr. with Clair Stebbins and Harry Franken

Author:
Tibbets, Paul W (Paul Warfield) 1915-2007  Search this
Stebbins, Clair C  Search this
Franken, Harry  Search this
Subject:
Tibbets, Paul W (Paul Warfield) 1915-2007  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 316 p., [5] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1978
Topic:
Air pilots, Military  Search this
Aeronautics--History  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American  Search this
Call number:
UG626.2.T5 A37X 1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_262797

"The Three Musketeers of the Army Air Forces" : from Hitler's Fortress Europa to Hiroshima and Nagasaki / Robert O. Harder

Title:
From Hitler's Fortress Europa to Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Author:
Harder, Robert O.  Search this
Subject:
Tibbets, Paul W (Paul Warfield) 1915-2007  Search this
Ferebee, Thomas 1918-2000  Search this
Van Kirk, Theodore Jerome 1921-2014  Search this
United States Army Air Forces Officers  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 254 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Hiroshima-shi (Japan)
Nagasaki-shi (Japan)
Date:
2015
Bombardment, 1945
Topic:
Bomber pilots  Search this
Bombardiers  Search this
Flight navigators  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1056626

The fleet at flood tide : America at total war in the Pacific, 1944-1945 / James D. Hornfischer

Title:
America at total war in the Pacific, 1944-1945
Author:
Hornfischer, James D.  Search this
Subject:
Spruance, Raymond Ames 1886-1969  Search this
Turner, Richmond Kelly 1885-1961  Search this
Tibbets, Paul W (Paul Warfield) 1915-2007  Search this
United States Navy Fleet, 5th History  Search this
Physical description:
xxvii, 602 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Pacific Area
Date:
2016
20th century
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Amphibious operations  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations, American  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1072480

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