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    Wesley Archer (Cockburn-Lange Hoax) Collection, 1916-1960
     
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    Creator: 
    Archer, Wesley David
    Title: 
    Wesley Archer (Cockburn-Lange Hoax) Collection, 1916-1960
    Uniform Title: 
    Death in the Air: The War Diary and Photographs of a Flying Corps Pilot
    Phy. Description: 
    5.45 cubic feet (5 records center boxes) (1 16x20x3 flatbox)
    5.20 linear feet
    Bio / His Notes: 
    In 1933 the anonymous "Death in the Air: The War Diary and Photographs of a Flying Corps Pilot" purported to be the record of a Royal Flying Corps (RFC) pilot during World War I, and included photos allegedly taken by the pilot during aerial combat. The photos were supposedly owned by a Mrs. Gladys Maud Cockburn-Lange, but had actually been faked by Wesley David Archer, an American pilot who had served in the RFC. The Cockburn-Lange hoax persisted until it was exposed by Peter M. Grosz, a German aviation author (Princeton, NJ), and Karl S. Schneide, from the Aeronautics Department of the National Air and Space Museum, in the early 1980s.
    Summary: 
    This collection documents the Cockburn-Lange hoax. The material includes the photos used in the book, as well as correspondence and journal articles detailing Grosz and Schneide's unraveling of the hoax. The collection also includes personal correspondence from Archer and various maps.
    Organization: 
    Arrangement: 1) Photographs published in DEATH IN THE AIR (1933), arranged by page number 2) unpublished photographs, unarranged 3) Peter M. Grosz & Karl S. Schneide journal articles and correspondence 4) Wesley David Archer correspondence arranged chronologically, 1915-1960 5) photographs of family, travel and friends 6) books 7) maps 8) artifacts 9) oversize photographs
    Restrictions: 
    No restrictions on access
    Subject-Topical: 
    Cockburn-Lange Hoax
    Aeronautics
    Subject-Name: 
    Archer, Wesley David
    Cockburn-Lange, Gladys Maud
    Grosz, Peter M.
    Schneide, Karl S.
    Form / Genre: 
    Maps
    Audiotapes
    Scrapbooks
    Repository Loc: 
    National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560
    Local Number: 
    1986-0008
    Item Information
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    National Air & Space Museum Archives1986-0008Add Copy to MyList

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