National Air and Space Museum Archives

Art Scholl Film Collection

Collection ID:
Scholl, Arthur "Art"
bulk 1968-1984
Physical Description:
140 Film items

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of 140 items comprising approximately 31 hours of 16 mm color film footage, shot by Art Scholl from 1968 to1984. Footage includes aerobatic air show flying, aerial scenes, and shots of Scholl and his flying companion, his dog Aileron. There is also footage from the following Scholl productions: "North to Canada" and "Special Fantasy Flight: A Photographer's Dream."

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Arthur "Art" Scholl (1931-1985) was a three-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team, an air racer (placing several times at the National Air Races at Reno), an air show pilot, an aerial cameraman, and a fixed base operator with a school of international aerobatics. Scholl held all pilot ratings, and was a licensed aircraft and powerplant (A&P) mechanic and an authorized FAA Inspector. He also was a professor and head of the Department of Aeronautics at San Bernardino Valley College. Scholl performed across the United States and internationally from the late 1950s until his death in 1985. He flew a pair of de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk aircraft, which he extensively modified and dubbed "Super Chipmunks." In 1959, Scholl began working for legendary Hollywood pilots Frank Tallman and Paul Mantz at Tallmantz Aviation and then later formed his own movie production company, producing and performing aerial photography and stunts for many commercials, movies and television shows, including "The Right Stuff," "The Great Waldo Pepper," and "The A-Team." Art Scholl was killed in 1985 while filming in a Pitts S-2S Special for the movie "Top Gun."

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Judy Scholl, Gift, 2012

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Art Scholl Film Collection, Accession 2013-0006, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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 table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aeronautics Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stunt flying Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aerial photography Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Motion pictures (visual works) Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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