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Apollo 10 Flight Recovery Letter [Fearn]

Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Date:
1969
Summary:
This collection consists of a letter, in a commemorative postal cover, written by Ernest Frederick Fearn on board the USS Arlington while waiting for splashdown of Apollo 10. The collection also contains a color photograph of Fearn, in uniform, with his wife, Donna.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a letter written by Ernest Frederick Fearn on board the USS Arlington while waiting for splashdown of Apollo 10. In the letter, written to his nephews, Fearn describes recovery plans. The letter was mailed in a commemorative postal cover from the U.S. Navy Recovery Force which is also included in the collection. Finally, the collection contains a color photograph, measuring approximately 1.75 by 3.25 inches, of Fearn in uniform with his wife, Donna.
Arrangement:
This collection is in original order.
Biographical / Historical:
Apollo 10 (May 18 to May 26, 1969) was the first flight of a complete, crewed Apollo spacecraft to operate around the moon and served as a "dress rehearsal" for the lunar landing. Apollo 10 was also responsible for the first live color TV transmissions to Earth from space. The Apollo 10 Command Module, named Charlie Brown by the crew, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. The primary recovery ship was the USS Princeton, and the USS Arlington was designated the primary landing area communications relay ship. Ernest Frederick Fearn was a Senior Chief Electronics Technician - ETCS aboard the USS Arlington during the Apollo 10 flight recovery mission.
Provenance:
Patricia Ammerer, Gift, 2018, NASM.2018.0041, Donated in honor of Joann C. Fearn.
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:
Astronautics  Search this
Space flight  Search this
Aircraft carriers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Citation:
Apollo 10 Flight Recovery Letter [Fearn], NASM.2018.0041, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2018.0041
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2018-0041
Online Media:

Mercury MR-3 Flight Freedom 7 Recovery Photographs

Creator:
United States. Navy  Search this
Names:
Shepard, Alan B. (Alan Bartlett), 1923-1998  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Correspondence
Date:
1961
Summary:
This collection consists of twenty-one U.S. Navy photographs compiled for the press kit prepared for the Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) mission as well as a teletype news article about the recovery.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of twenty-one U. S. Navy photographs compiled for the press kit prepared for the Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) mission. The photographs show the recovery mission as well as Alan B. Shepard, Jr. during debriefing. There is also a photograph showing the press corps that was selected to be aboard the USS Lake Champlain (CV-39), which is signed on the reverse by many of the reporters. The photographs are all black and white and measure 8 by 10 inches each. The collection also contains a teletype news story filed by the United Press International (UPI) aboard the ship, and a color post card showing the recovery of Freedom 7 by helicopter.
Arrangement:
This collection is in original order.
Biographical / Historical:
On May 5, 1961, Alan B. Shepard, Jr. became the first American in space in the Mercury MR-3 capsule. He named it Freedom 7, the number signifying the seven Mercury astronauts; NASA called the mission Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3). Lofted by a Redstone rocket, Shepard and his capsule attained a maximum speed of 5180 mph and rose to an altitude of 116 miles. The sub-orbital flight lasted 15 minutes and 22 seconds. Freedom 7 parachuted into the sea 302 miles from the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and was retrieved by helicopter, along with Shepard, and both were taken aboard the recovery ship, the USS Lake Champlain (CV-39). Lieutenant (junior grade) Robert J. Jaczko, Sr. was the Public Information Officer for the ship at the time of Shepard's historic flight and was responsible for the press corps aboard for the event.
Provenance:
Robert J. Jaczko, Sr., Gift, 2018, NASM.2018.0024
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:
Astronautics  Search this
Mercury MR-3 Flight Freedom 7  Search this
Aircraft carriers  Search this
Helicopters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Correspondence
Citation:
Mercury MR-3 Flight Freedom 7 Recovery Photographs, NASM.2018.0024, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2018.0024
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2018-0024
Online Media:

Mercury MA-8 Flight Sigma 7 and Mercury MA-9 Flight Faith 7 Recovery Letters [Parker]

Creator:
Parker, Donald Fred, 1934-2016.  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Newsletters
Date:
1962-1963
Summary:
Donald Fred Parker was a naval flight officer assigned to the ship's company of the USS Kearsarge (CV-33), the ship that recovered the Mercury MA-8 Flight Sigma 7 and Mercury MA-9 Flight Faith 7. This collection contains two letters written by Parker that include a first person account of the recovery operations, as well as a "Family Gram" newsletter for ths ship that also includes a detailed description of the Mercury MA-8 recovery.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of letters written by Donald Fred Parker to his girlfriend (and later, wife), Jo Ellen, that include a first person account of the recovery operations for both Mercury MA-8 Flight Sigma 7 and Mercury MA-9 Flight Faith 7. The first letter is dated October 3, 1962 and is two pages, single-side, typewritten. The second letter is dated May 17, 1963 and is four pages, written on both sides by hand in blue ink. This letter is on stationery which includes a drawing of the USS Kearsarge (CV-33) at the top and also includes a postal cover with a cachet specific to the Mercury MA-9 recovery as well as Project Mercury stamps. The last item in the collection is a "Family Gram" newsletter dated October 1962 which also includes a detailed description of the Mercury MA-8 recovery. The newsletter is six pages long, single-side, typewritten, and includes a small USS Kearsarge insignia and small portrait photo of Commanding Officer, Captain E. P. Rankin, at the top.
Arrangement:
Collection is in chronological order.
Biographical / Historical:
Mercury MA-8 Flight Sigma 7 occurred on October 3, 1962 when, over the course of nine hours, Walter Marty "Wally" Schirra, Jr. orbited the Earth six times. Mercury MA-9 Flight Faith 7 launched on May 15, 1963 and landed on May 16, 1963. During the course of that mission, Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. orbited Earth 22 times. Both flights were recovered in the Pacific Ocean by the U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier CV-33 Kearsarge.

Donald Fred Parker (1934-2016) was a naval flight officer assigned to the ship's company of the USS Kearsarge (CV-33). Parker was junior officer of the deck for the Mercury MA-8 Flight Sigma 7 recovery operation, and officer of the deck for the Mercury MA-9 Flight Faith 7 recovery. He was also the administrative assistant to the executive officer, and his duties included writing "Family Gram" newsletters to be sent under the captain's signature to friends and relatives of the men on the ship.
Provenance:
Jo Ellen Parker, Gift, 2017, NASM.2017.0017
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:
Space flight  Search this
Aircraft carriers  Search this
Mercury MA-8 Flight Sigma 7  Search this
Mercury MA-9 Flight Faith 7  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Newsletters
Citation:
Mercury MA-8 Flight Sigma 7 and Mercury MA-9 Flight Faith 7 Recovery Letters [Parker], NASM.2017.0017, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2017.0017
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2017-0017
Online Media:

William E. G. Taylor Collection

Creator:
Taylor, William E. G., 1905-1991  Search this
Names:
Enterprise (Aircraft carrier : CV-6)  Search this
Great Britain. Royal Air Force  Search this
Great Britain. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve  Search this
Great Britain. Royal Air Force. 71 Squadron (Eagle Squadron)  Search this
Great Britain. Royal Naval Air Service  Search this
Lexington (Aircraft carrier : 1927-1942)  Search this
Ranger (Aircraft carrier : CV-4)  Search this
Saratoga (Aircraft carrier : CV-3)  Search this
Scandinavian Airlines System  Search this
United States. Marine Corps  Search this
United States. Navy  Search this
United States. Navy -- Aviation  Search this
United States. Navy. Night Attack and Training Unit, Atlantic  Search this
Wasp (Aircraft carrier : CVS-18)  Search this
Yorktown (Aircraft carrier, CV-10)  Search this
Extent:
1.14 Cubic feet ((1 slim legal document box) (1 flatbox))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Ephemera
Clippings
Articles
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Place:
Russia -- Politics and government -- 1894-1917
Date:
[ca. 1920s-1970s]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the following types of material documenting Taylor's remarkable aviation career: two scrapbooks, photographs, invitations, correspondence, identification cards, newspaper articles, Eagle Squadron Association material, Armed Forces memoranda, and biographical information. The scrapbooks contain material mostly highlighting Taylor's aviation career and the countries where he served; however, there are also photographs of Russia before the 1917 Revolution.
Biographical / Historical:
William E. G. Taylor (1905-1991) was an aviator for the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Taylor enrolled at the Guggenheim College of Aeronautical Engineering at New York University, but left to join the Naval Reserves in 1925. He received his Naval pilot's license in 1927 and was assigned to Fighting Squadron Five, Scouting Fleet. He resigned in 1928 when his squadron was ordered to inactive status and he then joined the US Marine Corps Reserve, where he was an aviator from 1928-1933. In 1933, he was again ordered to inactive status. At this point Taylor left the Armed Services and became a pilot for United Airlines. In 1939, however, he joined the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy, where he was in combat operations aboard the HMS Furious and HMS Glorious. Taylor then joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and became the first Squadron leader for the Eagle Squadron (71 Squadron, RAF), January - June 1941. In June, Taylor left the Eagle Squadron and rejoined the United States Naval Reserve, 1941-1951 where he served on the following vessels: Lexington, Yorktown, Wasp, Enterprise, Saratoga, and Ranger. After the war, Taylor was, among other posts, the commanding officer of Project Afirm and the commanding officer for the Night Attack and Training Unit, Atlantic (NACTU). In 1951 Taylor resigned from the Navy Reserves and worked first for Braniff Airlines in Panama, and then as a Vice President for Scandinavian Airlines System.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Connie J. Ford-Miller, Gift, 1998, 1999-0033, NASM
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:
Aircraft carriers  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Fighter pilots  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Airlines  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Ephemera
Clippings
Articles
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
NASM.1999.0033
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1999-0033

Admiral Alfred M. Pride Papers

Creator:
Pride, Alfred Melville, 1897-1988  Search this
Names:
Lexington (Aircraft carrier : 1927-1942)  Search this
Saratoga (Aircraft carrier : CV-3)  Search this
USS Langley (warship)  Search this
United States. Navy -- Aviation  Search this
United States. Navy -- Reserve fleets  Search this
United States. Navy -- Reserve fleets -- Flying Corps  Search this
United States. Navy. Anacostia Naval Air Station  Search this
United States. Navy. Bureau of Aeronautics [BuAer]  Search this
Extent:
6.54 Cubic feet ((6 records center boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Photographs
Clippings
Date:
[ca. 1910s-1970s]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the following types of material relating to Pride's illustrious naval aviation career: correspondence, photographs: official documents, such as Naval orders newsclippings; and certificates.
Biographical / Historical:
Admiral Alfred Melville Pride (1897-1988) was a retired four-star admiral who was a pioneer in Navy aviation. Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, Pride attended the Engineering School at Tuft's College before enlisting in the US Naval Reserve Force in 1917. In September 1917, Pride was appointed Ensign in the Naval Reserve Flying Corp where he served in England and France during World War I. Pride was designated a naval aviator in 1918 and was transferred to the regular Navy in November of 1921 and was commissioned a Lieutenant. In September 1921 Pride reported for duty with the aviation detachment of the USS Langley, where he developed the arresting gear to be installed on the Langley and where he carried out experimental take-offs and landings on the aircraft carrier. The Navy sent him to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study aeronautical engineering. He later served with the original crews on the Navy's next two carriers --the Saratoga and the Lexington, Pride made the first landing of a helicopter on an aircraft carrier in 1931 and from 1934-1936 he was commander of the flight test section at the Anacostia Naval Air Station in Washington, D.C. During World War II, Pride commanded the aircraft carrier Belleau Wood in the South Pacific, conducting air strikes against the Japanese in the following campaigns: Tarawa, Wake and Makin Islands, Kwajalein, Truk, Sampan and Tinian. Pride also commanded the Naval Air Center at Pearl Harbor, directing air support for amphibious landings and played a major role in planning for the invasion of Okinawa and the Japanese home islands. After World War II Pride headed the Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington, DC, and in 1953 he was selected to command the Seventh Fleet. He retired in 1959.
General:
Additional materials: Uniform and flight were transferred to the National Air and Space Museum Aeronautics Division.
NASMrev
Provenance:
Carol P. Lemeshewsky, Gift, 1989, 1997-0010, NASM
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 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Aircraft carriers  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Photographs
Clippings
Identifier:
NASM.1997.0010
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1997-0010

Sea Air Operations Gallery Collection

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Division of Aeronautics  Search this
Names:
Enterprise (Aircraft carrier : CV-6)  Search this
Midway (Aircraft carrier : CV-41)  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Division of Aeronautics  Search this
Extent:
2.93 Cubic feet ((6 legal document boxes) (1 slim document box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Negatives
Photographs
Place:
Hiroshima-shi (Japan) -- History -- Bombardment, 1945
Date:
[ca. 1940s, 1980s]
Scope and Contents:
Series I of this collection consists of the following: seven folders containing almost 200 photographs and negatives on display in the exhibit, four series of slides (two detailing the U.S.S. Midway used for background research, one detailing documents and photos of the Philippine Sea battle, and of the finished museum exhibit) and the exhibit script. Series II is a collection of images that were collected for the Sea Air Operations Gallery but were not used in the exhibit itself. It consists of 17 folders of photographs and negatives dealing with the following subjects: Pearl Harbor, Pacific battleship battles of 1942-1945, US and Japanese commanders, aircraft carriers, aces, the USS Enterprise, Guadalcanal, USMC air operations, Grumman workers, Manila atrocities, miscellaneous aircraft and miscellaneous photos. In Series I, 33 of the photograph negatives have no corresponding prints in the folders but are on display downstairs. Seven of the photos of a more graphic nature have no accompanying print nor are they on display. Series III consists of research material gathered in support of the Sea Air Operation Gallery. Series IV consists of slide images taken by Lt. William G. Lotz, USN, aboard the USS Midway circa 1989-1990. Series III and IV were merged with the exiting collection in 1998.
Biographical / Historical:
The National Air and Space Museum's Sea Air Operations Gallery details the operations of carriers and their aircraft, both of the World War II era and the present day. Featured are panels focusing on carrier-verses-carrier battles fought by the U.S. and Japanese navies during World War II: the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, and the Battle for Leyte Gulf. The exhibit also highlights other Pacific missions, from Pearl Harbor, through Midway, to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
NASM generated, transfer, 1995, 1995-0040, unknown
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:
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities  Search this
Midway, Battle of, 1942  Search this
Coral Sea, Battle of the, 1942  Search this
Philippine Sea, Battles of the, 1944  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan -- Hiroshima  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Aircraft carriers  Search this
Naval aviation  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.1995.0040
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1995-0040

USS Enterprise Collection [Toll]

Creator:
Toll, Chesley A.  Search this
Names:
Enterprise (Aircraft carrier : CV-6)  Search this
Toll, Chesley A.  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Date:
1940-1945
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a scrapbook and history on the USS Enterprise, and a few miscellaneous items on Chesley Toll.
Biographical / Historical:
Chesley A. Toll was a chief machinist's mate on the USS Enterprise, and was awarded the Navy Citation award for his work aboard the ship. The USS Enterprise was the only carrier to fight throughout the entire war. It was engaged in every major action, except one, and earned 20 combat stars. 'The Big E,' as the ship was called, shot down 911 enemy aircraft, sunk 71 ships and damaged 192 other ships. Sunk six times according to Japanese propaganda, this carrier received Presidential and Navy Unit Citations. After the war, Toll became a recruiting officer for the Navy.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Lucille Toll, Gift, unknown, 1990-0030, NASM
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:
Naval aviation  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aircraft carriers  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
NASM.1990.0030
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1990-0030

Edward J. Steichen World War II Navy Photographs Collection

Creator:
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973  Search this
Names:
United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces  Search this
United States. Navy  Search this
United States. Navy -- Aviation  Search this
United States. Navy. Naval Photographic Institute  Search this
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973  Search this
Extent:
0.23 Cubic feet ((1 legal document box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1941-1945
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 442 copy photographs including color dye coupler photo transparencies and silver gelatin photo-negatives which document U.S. Navy aircraft and aviation activities during World War II. They include aerial combat, aircraft carrier landings and takeoffs, bombings, explosions, flights, and signal exchanges. Aircraft shown include a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, Douglas SBD Dauntless, and Grumman F6F Hellcat. There are photographs of aircraft carriers including details of bridges and flight decks, as well as images of ships in dry dock, a task force, and one image of Pearl Harbor in 1944.
Biographical / Historical:
Edward J. Steichen (1879-1973) was a prominent photographer during both World War I and World War II. During World War I he commanded the photographic division of the U.S. Army Expeditionary Forces, where he learned aerial photography. During World War II Steichen served as director of the U.S. Naval Photographic Institute, overseeing all combat photography, and organized the 'Road to Victory' and 'Power in the Pacific' exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). From 1947 to 1962 he directed MOMA's Department of Photography.
General:
The original negatives to this collection are housed at the National Archives.
NASMrev
Provenance:
No donor information, Unknown, unknown, XXXX-0553, unknown
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:
Air warfare  Search this
Aircraft carriers  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver Family  Search this
Douglas SBD Dauntless Family  Search this
Grumman F6F Hellcat Family  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0553
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0553

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