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Joseph D. Mountain - Log Books, Military and Civilian, 1943-1945

This collection follows Joseph Mountain's aviation career as a U.S. Air Service pilot, aerial surveyor, photographer, and writer. It includes photographic negatives and prints, diaries and flight log books, reports, and maps. Mountain's photographs from his service in Saudi Arabia, taken not long before the great oil discoveries at Dammam in 1938, capture the desert kingdom at the very edge of the tremendous changes that the oil economy brought to the Gulf. Mountain also extensively photographed members of the California-Arabian Standard Oil Company (CASOC) team at work and interacting with their Saudi workers and acquaintances. Help us transcribe his documents and images which are a fascinating record of traditional Saudi Arabian life, crafts, and architecture. Highlights include portraits of dancers at Eid al-Fitr celebrations, market scenes in Hufuf and the Old Town of Al Jubail, camel caravans, Saudi hunters with their hawks, and pearl fishermen and their dhows.

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Yamada Diary

Help us transcribe this WWII Japanese diary. At the end of World War II, an unknown United States Marine brought home several Japanese-language items. These items were subsequently sold and the purchaser's son later donated them to the National Air and Space Museum. In 2003 and 2004, Museum volunteers, Mr. Koji Hayama and Mr. Tom Momiyama, translated parts of the material and they believe that they were created by a Mr. Yamada, who was probably part of an aircraft ground crew with occasional flight duties, and served in Manchuria, Korea, Burma, and the Philippines. Transcriptions of this diary will help National Air and Space Museum curators as they begin research for new exhibits. Please note that this diary is written in Japanese, and requires access to a Japanese keyboard, and basic knowledge of the language, for transcription. NASM staff are also interested in any translations that can be provided of the diary's contents. Please separate any translations by including them below the transcriptions for each page, and by indicating the translation with brackets. For example: [[translation]] text here [[/translation]]. Please reach out with any questions.

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Paul Studenski Collection - Correspondence and Legal Documentation, 1914

This collection contains two scrapbooks and the personal papers of Dr. Paul Studenski, an early aviator who flew from 1910-1913. Born in St. Petersburg, Studenski studied law and medicine before earning the 292nd license from L'Aero Club de France. He immigrated to the United States in 1911 and exercised his prodigious flying skills as instructor, test pilot and exhibition pilot before retiring from flying to distinguish himself in the fields of economics and government service.

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Francis Gary Powers Collection - Soviet Prison Journal [photocopy], 1960-1962, Box 1

This collection consists of material relating to Francis Gary Powers's flying career in the Air Force, Central Intelligence Agency, and later pursuits. In 1960, Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union and imprisoned. This was known as the "U-2 incident," and Powers recorded much of his experiences, including a prison journal, along with correspondence, and other materials. Help us transcribe this material to increase access to and understandings of this period in American history.

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Francis Gary Powers Collection - Correspondence Regarding Captivity, 1962, 1971, Box 2

This collection consists of material relating to Francis Gary Powers's flying career in the Air Force, Central Intelligence Agency, and later pursuits. In 1960, Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union and imprisoned. This was known as the "U-2 incident," and Powers recorded much of his experiences, including a prison journal, along with correspondence, and other materials. Help us transcribe this material to increase access to and understandings of this period in American history.

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Francis Gary Powers Collection - Soviet Prison Pocket Diary [photocopy]

This collection consists of material relating to Francis Gary Powers's flying career in the Air Force, Central Intelligence Agency, and later pursuits. In 1960, Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union and imprisoned. This was known as the "U-2 incident," and Powers recorded much of his experiences, including a prison journal, along with correspondence, and other materials. Help us transcribe this material to increase access to and understandings of this period in American history.

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Paul Studenski Collection - Scrapbook labeled Reminiscences of a Flier: To My Wife for Whom I Discontinued Flying

This collection contains two scrapbooks and the personal papers of Dr. Paul Studenski, an early aviator who flew from 1910-1913. Born in St. Petersburg, Studenski studied law and medicine before earning the 292nd license from L'Aero Club de France. He immigrated to the United States in 1911 and exercised his prodigious flying skills as instructor, test pilot and exhibition pilot before retiring from flying to distinguish himself in the fields of economics and government service. Please note that some of the materials within this collection are in Russian, including some pages written/printed in Cyrillic. For these transcriptions a Cyrillic keyboard and a working knowledge of this language may be required. Reach out with any questions.

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Paul Studenski Collection - Newspaper Clippings, 1912-1961

This collection contains two scrapbooks and the personal papers of Dr. Paul Studenski, an early aviator who flew from 1910-1913. Born in St. Petersburg, Studenski studied law and medicine before earning the 292nd license from L'Aero Club de France. He immigrated to the United States in 1911 and exercised his prodigious flying skills as instructor, test pilot and exhibition pilot before retiring from flying to distinguish himself in the fields of economics and government service.

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Wright Brothers Flight Logs

This collection consists of a series of 68 "Field Reports" completed by Frank T. Coffyn logging flight activities of Wright (Brothers) aircraft, for the period from May 5, 1910, through February 24, 1911. (One report is for March 26, 1917, and appears to list Coffyn's flights for that day.) The reports were completed on preprinted forms with columns for "Machine Number, Operator [pilot]," "Passenger," "Time of Flight," "Wind Direction," "Wind Velocity," "Length of Flight (Time and Distance)," and "Remarks." Spaces were also provided for Date, Gasoline Used, and Oil Used, and a signature. Fifty-six of the reports are signed by Frank Coffyn; the remaining sixteen appear to be in Coffyn's handwriting. Most are carbon copies. The reports cover flights made at Huffman Prairie, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Montreal, Canada; Atlantic City and Asbury Park, New Jersey; Hartford, Connecticut; and Augusta, Georgia. Have questions about transcribing these flight logs? View special instructions here.

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Arthur Raymond Brooks Collection - Diary, 1917-1918

This diary (1917-1918) belonged to Arthur Raymond Brooks, an officer in the U.S. Army Air Service from 1917 to 1922. NASM curators hope to use this diary in an upcoming exhibition and are seeking volunpeer help! Transcrbing Brooks's writing will make this content more accessible as curators research and plan. To learn more about Brooks, and view information on other materials from this collection--including documentation from his years in both civilian government service and the private sector from 1923-1960--visit the finding aid on the Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives.

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