Wesley Archer (Cockburn-Lange Hoax) Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1986.0008
Creators:
Archer, Wesley David
Dates:
1916-1960
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
5.45 Cubic Feet
(5 records center boxes) (1 16x20x3 flatbox)
5.2 Linear Feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
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.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Arrangement: 1) Photographs published in DEATH IN THE AIR (1933), arranged by page number 2) unpublished photographs, unarranged 3) Peter M. Grosz & Karl S. Schneide journal articles and correspondence 4) Wesley David Archer correspondence arranged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

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
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.

General
General
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Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Conditions Governing Use
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

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Death in the Air: The War Diary and Photographs of a Flying Corps Pilot Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cockburn-Lange Hoax Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Maps Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Archer, Wesley David Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cockburn-Lange, Gladys Maud Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Grosz, Peter M. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Schneide, Karl S. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
NASMRefDesk@si.edu
http://airandspace.si.edu/research/resources/archives/