Display Status This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Norton Air Force Base, California housed the Department of Defense Motion Media Depository until the 1980s when a new facility was planned at March Air Force Base, California. As part of the move to the new facility, many of the items in the depository were to be disposed of by offering them first to the originating agency and then to the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA). Items deemed obsolete and not wanted by either the originating agency or NARA were offered to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). NASM selected a number of the films based on collection criteria in place at the time of the donation




United States. Air Force


bulk 1930-1966


Department of Defense Motion Media Depository, Gift, 1986


366.64 Cubic feet


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Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Motion pictures (visual works)


Magnetic tapes

Scripts (documents)

Scope and Contents

his collection consists of 2,295 rolls 35mm film, 1,914 rolls of 16mm film, 17 rolls of 17.5mm magnetic sound track, and 12 U-Matic video tapes. The collection contains training films and documentary footage. Typically, the training film sets contain all of the preprint material such as the A and B rolls, the separate sound track, and an answer or composite print. In a few cases there are additional Spanish and Vietnamese narration tracks. The documentary footage typically includes camera original negative and a print or a cameral original reversal only. Most of the documentary footage is silent. This collection also contains six record center boxes of documents relating to the production of the films including contracts, scripts, shipping lists, and other documents. The paper files also contain one copy of the index cards used to catalogue the film.


Motion pictures (visual works)


Magnetic tapes

Scripts (documents)


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

Topics Aeronautics, Military
Flight in motion pictures


United States Air Force Training and Documentary Film Collection , Accession 1986-0164, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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