A Front Line of Defense: The 758th Radar Squadron and the Makah Air Force Station, Neah Bay, Washington, 1950-1988

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher, Senior Archivist at the National Archives at College Park, MD. "Last Pass at Makah" by Michael J. Machat. US Air Force Collection (National Archives ID 6436075). The United States Government has had a long association with Neah Bay, Washington and its inhabitants, mostly members of the Makah … Continue reading A Front Line of Defense: The 758th Radar Squadron and the Makah Air Force Station, Neah Bay, Washington, 1950-1988

Growing Pains: Army Air Service Patrols of National Forests, 1919-1920

Today’s post is written by Richard Elsom, an Archivist at the National Archives at Denver. Since the early years of the twentieth century, the US Forest Service has been occupied by fire. What began with hastily formed crews of locals, usually with no firefighting experience, later developed into a trained and organized firefighting force that … Continue reading Growing Pains: Army Air Service Patrols of National Forests, 1919-1920

The First Aeroplane Take Off from a Ship, November 14, 1910, Part II

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher, Senior Archivist at the National Archives at College Park, MD. This is the second of two blog posts about John Barry Ryan, Capt. Washington I. Chambers, USN, Eugene B. Ely, and the USS Birmingham, November 14, 1910. While arrangements were being made for the flight off the … Continue reading The First Aeroplane Take Off from a Ship, November 14, 1910, Part II

The First Aeroplane Take Off from a Ship, November 14, 1910, Part I

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher, Senior Archivist at the National Archives at College Park, MD. This is the first of two blog posts about John Barry Ryan, Capt. Washington I. Chambers, USN, Eugene B. Ely, and the USS Birmingham, November 14, 1910. At the beginning of 1909 the number of airplanes in … Continue reading The First Aeroplane Take Off from a Ship, November 14, 1910, Part I

photograph of man, Ralph S. Mosher, looking at a quadruped model.

Bringing Sci-Fi to Life: The Walking War Machines of ARPA and G.E.

Today’s post is by Jeff Simon who interned with the Textual Processing Department at the National Archives in College Park, MD in the summer of 2019 A walking engine of glittering metal, striding now across the heather; articulate ropes of steel dangling from it, and the clattering tumult of its passage mingling with the riot … Continue reading Bringing Sci-Fi to Life: The Walking War Machines of ARPA and G.E.

Apollo 11: Telling the Story Around the World: Post-mortem

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park. As noted in an earlier post, the United States Information Agency (USIA) undertook a major effort relating to the Apollo 11 mission.  USIA established the "Apollo 11 Task Force" and the "Apollo 11 Operations … Continue reading Apollo 11: Telling the Story Around the World: Post-mortem

Apollo 11: Dealing with the Foreign Press

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park. An earlier post described plans by the United States Information Agency (USIA) to handle matters relating to the flight of Apollo 11.  USIA took over responsibility from NASA for dealing with the foreign press … Continue reading Apollo 11: Dealing with the Foreign Press

Apollo 11: The Foreign Reaction

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. completed the first manned landing on the Moon at 1:54 PM EDT on July 21, 1969, when they lifted off the Moon to rejoin … Continue reading Apollo 11: The Foreign Reaction

Apollo 11: Mementos on the Moon

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park. At a Department of State senior staff meeting on May 27, 1969, part of the discussion concerned the international implications of objects that might be left on the Moon as part of the Apollo … Continue reading Apollo 11: Mementos on the Moon

APOLLO 11: Preparing for the Unthinkable

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park.  An earlier post described the involvement of the Department of State with manned spacecraft launches.  Among other things, it discussed the possibility of a mission-related disaster that forced an aborted landing on the land … Continue reading APOLLO 11: Preparing for the Unthinkable