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Wesley Archer (Cockburn-Lange Hoax) Collection

Topic:
Death in the Air: The War Diary and Photographs of a Flying Corps Pilot
Creator:
Archer, Wesley David  Search this
Names:
Archer, Wesley David  Search this
Cockburn-Lange, Gladys Maud  Search this
Grosz, Peter M.  Search this
Schneide, Karl S.  Search this
Extent:
5.45 Cubic Feet ((5 records center boxes) (1 16x20x3 flatbox))
5.2 Linear Feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Maps
Audiotapes
Scrapbooks
Date:
1916-1960
Scope and Contents:
This collection documents the Cockburn-Lange hoax. The material includes the photos used in the book, as well as correspondence and journal articles detailing Grosz and Schneide's unraveling of the hoax. The collection also includes personal correspondence from Archer and various maps.
Arrangement:
Arrangement: 1) Photographs published in DEATH IN THE AIR (1933), arranged by page number 2) unpublished photographs, unarranged 3) Peter M. Grosz & Karl S. Schneide journal articles and correspondence 4) Wesley David Archer correspondence arranged chronologically, 1915-1960 5) photographs of family, travel and friends 6) books 7) maps 8) artifacts 9) oversize photographs
Biographical / Historical:
In 1933 the anonymous "Death in the Air: The War Diary and Photographs of a Flying Corps Pilot" purported to be the record of a Royal Flying Corps (RFC) pilot during World War I, and included photos allegedly taken by the pilot during aerial combat. The photos were supposedly owned by a Mrs. Gladys Maud Cockburn-Lange, but had actually been faked by Wesley David Archer, an American pilot who had served in the RFC. The Cockburn-Lange hoax persisted until it was exposed by Peter M. Grosz, a German aviation author (Princeton, NJ), and Karl S. Schneide, from the Aeronautics Department of the National Air and Space Museum, in the early 1980s.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
John W. Charlton, gift, 1985, 1986-0008, 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:
Cockburn-Lange Hoax  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Maps
Audiotapes
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
NASM.1986.0008
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1986-0008

Miscellaneous Material

Collection Creator:
Stanton, Charles Ingram, 1893-1986  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Scope and Contents:
Captions and photographs appeared in the book Death in the Air: The War Diary and Photographs of a Flying Corps Pilot, published anonymously in 1933, but was a photographic hoax created with models built and photographed by Wesley Archer.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Charles Ingram Stanton, Sr., Papers, Acc. NASM.1987.0076, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Charles Ingram Stanton, Sr., Papers
Charles Ingram Stanton, Sr., Papers / Series 2: Personal Life
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1987-0076-ref63

Camera, Aerial, Hare, Patent Field

Manufacturer:
G. Hare Ltd.  Search this
Owner:
Lt. Wes D. Archer  Search this
Materials:
Wood, leather and cloth bellows, metal lens ring
Dimensions:
3-D (Camera): 24.5 × 32 × 24.2cm (9 5/8 × 12 5/8 × 9 1/2 in.)
3-D (Plate): 23.5 × 16 × 2.3cm (9 1/4 × 6 5/16 × 7/8 in.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-Photographic
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Credit Line:
Gift of Eloise and John Charlton
Inventory Number:
A19830206000
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9086774a6-cf02-46e4-b612-abeed7c82216
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19830206000
Online Media:

Coat, Service, Royal Air Force

Manufacturer:
Andre & Co.  Search this
Owner:
Lt. Wes D. Archer  Search this
Materials:
Overall: Wool
Type:
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Uniforms: Military
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Credit Line:
Gift of Eloise and John Charlton
Inventory Number:
A19830202000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv90ec947a6-e645-43de-98d5-53cff5a99480
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19830202000
Online Media:

Death in the air : the war diary and photographs of a flying corps pilot / Wesley D. Archer

Author:
Archer, Wesley D  Search this
Physical description:
166 p., [21] leaves of plates : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1985
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations  Search this
Call number:
D602 .A672 1985
D602.A672 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_274863

Death in the air; the war diary and photographs of a flying corps pilot

Physical description:
x, 166 p. front., plates. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1933
[1933]
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations  Search this
Call number:
D602 .D4X
D602.D4X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_58016

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