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John Bodine Autograph Collection

Creator:
Bodine, John  Search this
Names:
Cochran, Jacqueline  Search this
Corrigan, Douglas, 1907-  Search this
Crossfield, A. Scott (Albert Scott), 1921-  Search this
Glenn, John Herschel, Jr., 1921-2016  Search this
Grissom, Virgil I.  Search this
Hunsaker, Jerome Clarke, 1886-1984  Search this
Lahm, Frank Purdy, 1877-1963  Search this
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Shepard, Alan B., Jr.  Search this
Extent:
0.45 Cubic feet ((1 legal document box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Photographs
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Collection of autographed correspondence and photographs, collected by John Bodine. Those represented include G. T. Baker, O. A. Beech, Jacqueline Cochran, Max Conrad, Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, Scott Crossfield, William G. Draper, Ira C. Eaker, B. D. Foulois, Horace E. Frink, Francis C. Gabreski, Leroy R. Grumman, Horace A. Hanes, L. S. Hobbs, H. M. Horner, Jerome C. Hunsaker, James Jabara, Ernest J. King, Frank P. Lahm, Thomas DeWitt Milling, J. H. Moore, W. A. Patterson, Mundy I. Peale, W. T. Piper, Thomas S. Powl, DeWitt C. Ramsey, George F. Smith, Carl Spaatz, and William W. Thomas. Autographed photos feature G. T. Baker, O. A. Beech, Larry Bell, Bill Bridgeman, M. Scott Carpenter, Jacqueline Cochran, Leroy S. Cooper, Jr., Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, Scott Crossfield, William G. Draper, A. H. Doolittle, Herb Fisher, F. C. Gabreski, John H. Glenn, Jr., Virgil I. Grissom, H. A. Hanes, Joe B. Jordan, J. H. Moore, Thomas Powl, W. T. Piper, Pete Quesada, "Fishy" Salmon, Walter Schint, Alan B. Shepard, John P. Slapp, Donald K. Slayton, George F. Smith, Jim Suindal, David Symons, Robert M. White, R. W. Windsor, Jr., E. Woolman, and others.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
John Bodine, gift, unknown, XXXX-0483, 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
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0483
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0483
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection

Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Names:
Early Birds of Aviation (Organization).  Search this
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Extent:
1.5 Cubic feet (4 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Correspondence
Certificates
Date:
1905-1940
bulk 1917-1920
Summary:
TThis collection includes contains certificates, flight reports, correspondence and photographs relating to Thomas DeWitt Milling as a key role in the early years of aviation.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains certificates, flight reports, correspondence and photographs. Also included with the correspondence is a certificate of his appointment to West Point as well as various promotions to lieutenant, captain, major, and brigadier general. There is also a Wright Company flying report on Millings' training, a certificate for election into the Early Birds and a picture of him in dress uniform.
Arrangement note:
Container List: Series I: Personal; Series II: Career; Series III: Reports and manuscripts; Series IV: Oversized materials
Biographical/Historical note:
Thomas DeWitt Milling contributed mightily to the American heritage of flight. Possessor of the Aero Club of America's License 30, Expert Aviator License 3 and numerous awards and honors, Milling became a key figure in the early years of aviation. His illustrious career in both civil and military spheres garnered widespread acclaim.

Milling was born on July 31, 1887 to Judge Robert E. Milling and Ida Roberts in Winnfield, Louisiana. He attended public schools in Franklin, Louisiana and metamorphosed there from a timid child to a bold young man. Deciding on a military career, he entered the United States Military Academy in 1905.

After graduation from West Point, Milling entered the Fifteenth Cavalry and was posted to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. A year of overseeing the commissary there proved uninspiring and he was surprised and delighted when transferred to the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps. In 1911, both Milling and another young lieutenant, H.H. "Hap" Arnold, were sent to receive flying instruction at the Wright Brothers' Flying School in Dayton, Ohio. The two qualified for their Aero Club of America pilot certificates on the same day, July 6, 1911. It would be an association that would last for many years. Arnold and Milling became the army's first two regular pilots and served together in varied posts involving flight instruction and military testing.

Only a few months after learning to fly, Milling was to achieve acclaim by winning the Tri-State Biplane Race, flying from Boston to Nashua, New Hampshire to Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island back to Boston, a total of 175 miles. At the time, this constituted the longest cross-country race of its kind in the country. Milling flew it in a Wright biplane, without the use of a compass. It was his first night flight and its dramatic finish was accomplished with the help of several large bonfires to provide guidance. Milling won several other contests that day, against a field of experienced fliers.

At an autumn 1911 meet on Long Island, Milling again proved his skill and daring in several events. It was here that he carried two passengers to establish a new endurance record.

The next year found Milling at Fort Riley, Kansas, conducting research for the Army on aerial machine gun fire, bomb dropping and artillery fire observation.

In 1913, the Army's handful of planes were transferred to Texas City, near the Mexican border. While posted there, Milling set another record for an endurance flight with a passenger (Lieutenant W.C. Sherman of the Corps of Engineers). The nonstop flight from Texas City to San Antonio was made with a Burgess-Wright tractor biplane equipped with a 70 hp Renault engine. During the four hours and twenty-two minutes aloft, Sherman was able to make the first military map ever drawn from an airplane, measuring 15 feet long. Speaking later of the Texas City trip, Milling's commanding officer, Major General W.H. Carter, hailed Milling as "one of the foremost aviators of the world."

In addition to the above mentioned accomplishments, Milling was instrumental in the field of flight instruction, helping to establish the first Army aviation school in College Park, Maryland in 1911 and other schools across the country. The years prior to America's entry into World War One also saw Milling commanding a detachment on the Mexican border, whose mission included surveillance and the pursuit of Pancho Villa.

During the First World War, Milling began as Chief of Air Service Training, American Expeditionary Forces. By 1919, he was Chief of the Air Service, First Army.

Milling retired in 1933 due to ill health but was recalled to service in 1942 and retired again in 1946. He was later awarded the rank of Brigadier General.

Before his death on November 26, 1960, Milling received, among other honors, America's Distinguished Service Medal, France's Legion of Honor and Belgium's Order of Leopold by Belgium. Milling was also a member of the Early Birds, a celebrated group of fliers who soloed before December 17, 1916.
Provenance:
Mrs. Thomas Milling, gift, unknown year, NASM.XXXX.0133.
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:
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Correspondence
Certificates
Citation:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0133
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133
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Oversized Materials

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0133, Series 4
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Report of Inspection Trip to Europe, Italy, Germany , Holland and England by Brigadier General William Mitchell- Pages 500-910

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Text
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection / Series 3: Reports and Manuscripts
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref34

Report of Inspection Trip to Europe, Italy, Germany , Holland and England by Brigadier General William Mitchell- Photographic Supplement

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 1
Box 3, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Text
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Photographs to Accompany General Mitchell's Report

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection / Series 3: Reports and Manuscripts
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref36

Reports and Manuscripts by William Mitchell

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Text
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref37

Reports and Manuscripts

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Text
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref38

Maps and Charts

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Diploma from United States Military Academy, Class of 1909, dated October 12, 1937

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection / Series 4: Oversized Materials
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref40

Diploma from the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1927 June 17
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection / Series 4: Oversized Materials
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref41

Notice of Appointment to United States Military Academy, effective June 15, 1905

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection / Series 4: Oversized Materials
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref42

Notice of Appointment as Second Lieutenant of Cavalry, effective June 11, 1909

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection / Series 4: Oversized Materials
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref43

Wright Company Flying Report (four copies)

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection / Series 4: Oversized Materials
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref44

Expert Aviator's Certificate Number 3

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1912 October 2
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection / Series 4: Oversized Materials
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref45

Notice of Appointment as First Lieutenant of Cavalry, effective June 12, 1916

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection / Series 4: Oversized Materials
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref46

Notice of Appointment (Temporary) Lieutenant Colonel in the Signal Corps, effective August 5, 1917

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection / Series 4: Oversized Materials
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref47

Rating as Military Aviator

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1917 August 8
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection / Series 4: Oversized Materials
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref48

Notice of Appointment to Colonel, Air Service (Aeronautics), effective August 14, 1918

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection / Series 4: Oversized Materials
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref49

Notice of Appointment as Captain in the Air Service, effective July 1, 1920 Notice of Appointment to Major in the Air Service, effective July 1, 1920 (two copies)

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection / Series 4: Oversized Materials
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref50

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