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Ron Burda (b. 1940) received his bachelor of science degree in Psychology/Journalism/Art from Brigham Young University in 1966 and his master's Degree in Mass Communications from San Jose State University in 1971. Burda served in the US Navy Air Reserve during the Vietnam War, 1966-1968. He served on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) as a Plane Chief for A-6 Intruder bombers and a Photographer's Mate 3/c. Starting in 1970, Burda was a photojournalist for the San Jose Mercury and News. The last 15 years before his retirement in 2000, he was the Senior Staff Photographer. Burda also was a frequent freelancer for leading aviation magazines.




Burda, Ron


bulk 1972-2001


Ron Burda, Gift, 2013


3.63 Cubic feet ((4 boxes))


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Collection descriptions

Archival materials


Black-and-white negatives

Color slides

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 3.6 cubic feet of air show and air race photography taken by Ron Burda, 1972-2001. The photography includes the following types: color slides, black and white negatives, black and white contact sheets, and black and white prints. The collection also contains air show and air race programs and related press materials. The photography includes both aircraft shots and pilot portraits. While several air races are represented, much of the collection relates to the Reno Air Races, also known as the National Championship Air Races.



Black-and-white negatives

Color slides


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National Championship Air Races

Topics Aeronautics
Stunt flying
Air shows
Airplane racing


Ron Burda Air Racing Photography Collection, Accession 2013-0026, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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