Film Archives


Our Film Archives has catalogued a collection of more than 20,000 motion picture titles. This collection documents the history of aerospace flight from the Wright brothers to the space shuttle.

Highlighted Collection:

We Saw It Happen
A 1953 documentary from United Aircraft celebrating the 50th anniversary of flight. The Film Archives includes a copy of the finished film along with interview and stock footage out takes.

Interviewees include:
Wellwood E. Beall
Lawrence D. "Larry" Bell
William Boeing
William Bridgeman
Frank Caldwell
Clarence Chamberlin
James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle (General)
Donald W. Douglas
Ira C. Eaker (General)
Oliver P. Echols (General)
Earl Findley (Aviation Journalist)
Benjamin D. Foulois (General)
Robert Gross
Carrie Grunbach
Sam Herron
Leonard S. "Luke" Hobbs
H. Mansfield Horner


Jerome Hunsaker (Dr.)
Alvin M. "Tex" Johnston
James H. "Dutch" Kindleberger
Frank P. Lahm
Glenn L. Martin
Thomas DeWitt Milling
Mundy I. Peale
Dewitt C. Ramsey (Admiral)
Frederick B. Rentschler
Edward V. "Eddie" Rickenbacker
Igor Sikorsky
Carl A. "Tooey" Spaatz (General)
Charlie Taylor (Wright Brothers Mechanic)
John H. Towers (Admiral)
Roscoe Turner
Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager

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