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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts

Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Names:
Beech Aircraft Corp  Search this
Erco (Engineering and Research Corporation)  Search this
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)  Search this
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet (1 legal document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Date:
1899-1984
bulk 1949-1957
Summary:
Aeronautical engineer Fred E. Weick (1899-1993) had a profound effect on light aircraft development. He was responsible for the development of NACA's low-drag cowling for radial engines, introduced the concept of "fifty foot obstacle clearance" as a measure of aircraft take-off performance, and was instrumental in the development of several aircraft, including the Piper Pawnee and Piper Cherokee.
Scope and Content:
This collection consists of transcripts of Weick's dictation for this autobiography, published as From the Ground Up: Autobiography of an Aeronautical Engineer (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988). A copy of this book can be found in the Smithsonian Library at the National Air and Space Museum.
Biographical/Historical note:
Aeronautical engineer Fred E. Weick (1899-1993) had a profound effect on light aircraft development. While working for the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) he developed the NACA low-drag cowling for radial engines (1928) and built a low landing speed aircraft as an independent project sparked by a series of light aircraft design seminars at NACA's Langley Research Center (1931). He introduced the concept of "fifty foot obstacle clearance" as a measure of aircraft take-off performance, which remains a standard measure today. In 1936 he joined Henry Berliner at the Engineering and Research Corporation (ERCO) to develop and market a commercial version of Weick's aircraft. Although the resulting Ercoupe faded in the general aviation slump following World War II, Weick moved to Texas A&M (1948-56) where he developed a series of agricultural aircraft which evolved into the Piper Pawnee series. He remained at Piper until he retired (1956 to c. 1970) and developed the Piper Cherokee with John Thorpe and Karl Bergey. After retirement, Weick remained active in aeronautics, assisting in design studies for Beech Aircraft as well as undertaking private projects in aircraft trim and control.
Provenance:
Fred E. Weick, gift, 1984, XXXX-0425
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No restrictions on access
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Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Piper PA-25 Pawnee Family  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Beech Aircraft Family  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Citation:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0425
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2cade1a27-b1ca-48c2-a593-0bcf632a18d9
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425
Online Media:

Boyhood; Schooling; US Mail Service; Yackey Aircraft Company

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 1, Cassette 1
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2f46b4bed-143c-4e4a-aa13-1178bceea7bc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref12

1923 National Air Meet in St. Louis; Solo Flight; Navy Bureau of Aeronautics; Romance; Army Round-the-World Flight

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 1, Cassette 2
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg21a71a851-d6a9-4ac9-aa30-b8b8de0ea85e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref13

Mid. Bu. Aero - Start at NACA; First NACA Conference; Start of NACA Cowling Program

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 1, Cassette 3
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2de641a61-3caf-4aea-a689-b8951969ac6b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref14

1927 to 1928; I Build a Sailboat; I Start a Book on Propeller Design; Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of First Flight

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 1, Cassette 4
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg28224c513-c0fd-4963-aee8-a9cd7107f7e1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref15

1928 to 1929; The Hamilton Aero Manufacturing Company

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 1, Cassette 5
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2d41d1522-1e18-4657-8ad4-25bb47be66f6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref16

November 1929 to April 1930; Back to the NACA at Langley; Completion of Book on Aircraft Propeller Design; Investigation of Stalling; The Reed Patent Case

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 2, Cassette 6
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2a4b6271d-0fb3-4600-880a-0b68a6b3445d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref17

1931 (W-1 begins); Dornier DO-X; East Jacobs Flies in Hurricane Eye; Our Home-Built Experimental Airplane

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 2, Cassette 7
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg207fa2829-768a-4291-a620-7f86ff0d94da
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref18

May 1934 - W-1, Our Trials; What a place to have to change tapes!; Experimental Steel Propeller; A Vacation from Aeronautics; W-1 Trials to 2 - Control Trials by Us

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 2, Cassette 8
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg28c4a74b7-1e56-4459-9d88-416b6580fa6d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref19

September 1935 - W-1A continued; 1936 to February 1937; Start of the Ercoupe; The Detroit News Contest Again; Schwarz Propellers

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 2, Cassette 9
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg261e058ad-8787-4d90-ac73-30080b83036d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref20

February 1937; Getting a 65 hp Engine

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 2, Cassette 10
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2d3359ec9-0841-402e-ab24-7e96e3cbe28c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref21

Getting a 65 hp Engine; Pre-World War II; World War II

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 2, Cassette 11
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg24d9951a3-34d6-4ac5-ae8b-a2c8948177b6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref22

1942 - Mrs. Freed - War Years; Mrs. Freed's Unexpected Flight

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 3, Cassette 12
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg20dd81532-d55f-461c-afb2-b44ed71071af
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref23

End 1944, 1945 - Ercoupe Sale Conference; Quiet Birdmen; Post-War Ercoupe

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 3, Cassette 13
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg29a68af0b-a529-47ff-aa70-65413f03effa
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref24

1947 - Sanders Takes Ercoupe Erco Experiments

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 3, Cassette 14
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2625d7e3f-bf09-4e4c-a8da-b443dddcf5e7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref25

December 1947 at Los Angeles; Move to Texas; July 1948; Texas A&M; Fly From Home; July 1948 to July 1949

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 3, Cassette 15
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg28c5e47ca-6d4d-4508-a40c-408a4c8927c2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref26

July 1949 to August 1950; Ag-1 Experimental Agricultural Airplane; Ercoupe Flying; Omnirange Trials; More Ercoupe Flying

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 3, Cassette 16
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2dc231904-91d5-438d-b72d-0a64101ad7fa
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref27

August 1950 to December 1950; Back to the Ag-1; Memphis Meeting; Dispersal Pattern Measuring Station; Still More Ercoupe Flying

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 3, Cassette 17
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2e9e2ddd4-30f8-4a65-8329-2cfc5a22a66d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref28

Charlie Zimmerman's Project; Back to the Ag-1; Texas Agricultural Aviation Conference

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 4, Cassette 18
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg234f89d73-7e8a-48de-9a50-640b7dc699e1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref29

Research Sponsored by NACA; More Ercoupe Flying; Back to Research; Second Agricultural Aviation Conference; June 1953; Start of the Ag-2; Consulting for Piper; Article by Langewiesche; Third Agricultural Aviation Conference; Fiftieth Anniversary of Fir...

Collection Creator:
Weick, Fred E., 1899-1993  Search this
Container:
Folder 4, Cassette 19
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
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:
Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts, Acc. XXXX-0425, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Fred E. Weick Autobiographical Transcripts
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg21656053e-fba6-47e7-8986-baec28f9f4d8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0425-ref30

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