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The Langley Theater (now called the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater) at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) has been the venue for numerous lectures, seminars and special events. Opened in 1976, the theater was an arena for speakers who dealt with almost every aspect of aviation and space history and science. Many famed pilots and astronauts, aircraft and spaceship designers, and space scientists presented lectures or were part of symposiums at the Museum's theater. These presentations, preserved on audio cassette tapes, constitute a rich historical legacy in sound. In 1994, curator Von Hardesty, Aeronautics Division, received a 5000 dollar grant from the Aviation and Space Writers Foundation to help with the cataloging and preservation of the theater lecture tapes. As the grant was not large enough to pay for outside conservation work, equipment (one CD recorder and two audio tape cassette recorders) was purchased and an archival preservation system was implemented. Each selected tape had a cassette and CD copy made. Famous lecturers include: David L. "Tex" Hill, Gerhard Neumann, Adolf Galland, Douglas Bader, George Gay, Gregory W. "Pappy" Boyington, Donald Lopez, Johannes Steinhoff, Francis Stanley "Gabby" Gabrieski, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager, and Paul Tibbets.




National Air and Space Museum


bulk 1976-2001


Aeronautics Division, NASM, Transfer, 2012


4 Cubic feet ((19 boxes))


No restrictions on access.


Collection descriptions

Archival materials



Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the cd and tape copies of this project. Please note that the original recordings are NOT part of this collection; the originals were returned to their original tape series and accession. The collection also contains the background documentation on this project, including grant information, and tape summaries.





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National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Samuel P. Langley Theater

Bader, Douglas Robert Stuart

Boyington, Gregory W. "Pappy"

Davis, Benjamin O., Jr., 1912-

Gabreski, Francis

Galland, Adolf

Gay, George

Hill, David L. "Tex"

Lopez, Donald S.,, 1923-2008

Neumann, Gerhard

Tibbets, Paul W. (Paul Warfield), 1915-2007

Yeager, Charles Elwood "Chuck"

Topics World War, 1939-1945
Fighter pilots


Langley Theater Audio Tape Preservation Project Collection , Accession 2012-0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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