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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Grace F. Thorpe Collection, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
3.28 Cubic feet ((3 records center boxes) (1 folder))
Motion pictures (visual works)
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 67 color prints, four brochures on SAC missile chronology and the Vandenberg program, 21 16 mm films, and 17 video tapes on the Vandenberg shuttle program. The prints include images of the facility during construction; the films include STS mission activity reports and post-flight press conferences.
Biographical / Historical:
During the 1980s, Vandenberg Air Force Base was chosen to support Space Shuttle Operations for the Space Transportation System. Although these plans have since been discarded due to safety hazards, buildings -- such as the V23 Launch Complex, had been built to meet the proposed Shuttle services.
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Gift, 1992, 1992-0017, Public Domain
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This collection consists of .75 linear ft of Robert L. Foster's professional papers, including the following types of material: reports, correspondence, photographs, invitations, McDonnell newsletters, interoffice memorandums, and newspaper articles. The papers relate to his long association with the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, and his roles in Project Mercury, Project Gemini, and at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert L. Foster (1922-1994) received a BSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1952. Prior to his time at Georgia, Foster was in the US Army Corps of Engineers from 1942-1950. In 1953, he began his long association with McDonnell Douglas Corporation. At McDonnell Douglas Foster had a number of important positions, including the following: Group Engineer for Advanced Design (1958-1959), Senior Group Engineer for Project Mercury (1959-1960), Engineering Manager for Project Mercury (1960-1965) , and Operation manager for Project Gemini (1965-1967). Later in 1967, Foster was transferred from Cape Kennedy to Vandenberg Air Force Base where he served as base manager (1967-1968), Deputy Director (1968-1969) and finally Director (1969 -).
Sally Foster-Chang, Gift, 2004
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