Dan Hagedorn served as Senior Curator and Director of Collections at The Museum of Flight from 2008 until his retirement in 2016. Prior to his tenure at TMOF, he was Adjunct Curator and Research Team Leader at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Hagedorn is a graduate of Villa Maria College, the State University of New York, and the Command and General Staff College, and served in the U.S. Armed Forces for almost three decades. He has written numerous books and articles about aviation history in general and Latin American aviation in particular. For his work in documenting Latin American aviation history, he received the Orden Merito Santos-Dumont from the Brazilian Government in 2006. Since his retirement in 2016, Hagedorn has served as a Curator Emeritus at the Museum.
Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:
Clark, Jason -- oral history interview, 2015 December 07
Interview Summary Boeing executive and engineer Jason Samuel Clark is interviewed about his career in the aviation industry. He discusses his 20+ years at The Boeing Company, beginning with an internship in 1992, as well as his involvement with various development projects related to the 747, 767, 777 freighter, and 777X. Topics discussed include his personal and educational background, his experiences with Boeing aircraft, Boeing’s evolution and future as a company, and his business and customer service...
Jackson, Jim -- oral history interview, 2014 September 23
Interview Summary Aviation mechanic James “Jim” Hawthorne Jackson is interviewed about his life and military service. Particular focus is given to Jackson’s time with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, when he worked as a B-29 mechanic in the United States and Guam. Afterwards, Jackson discusses his involvement with The Museum of Flight’s Restoration Center and his work restoring various aircraft, including the Museum’s B-29 Superfortress and Lockheed YO-3A Quiet Star.Introduction and...
Latter, Barry C. -- oral history interview, 2015 October 28
Interview Summary Aeronautical engineer Barry Latter is interviewed about his decade-spanning career in the aviation industry. He describes his education in propulsion engineering and his early work experiences during the 1950s and 1960s with the Blackburn and General Aircraft Company and the Hawker Siddeley Group. He then discusses his emigration to the United States from England and his subsequent career with the Boeing Company, where he worked on the 747, 757, 767, and 737 Next Generation. The interview...
Polocz, Joseph -- oral history interview, 2014 October 22
Interview Summary World War II veteran Joseph Polocz is interviewed about his military service and his expertise in mechanics and machine restoration. He describes his wartime experiences as a member of the Royal Hungarian Army and Royal Hungarian Air Force, his time in a French prisoner-of-war camp, and his post-war life as a laborer in Germany and France. He then discusses his immigration to the United States and his technician career with Philco and RCA. The interview concludes with an overview of Polocz’s...
Simpson, Anne -- oral history interview, 2016 January 13
Interview Summary Retired airline captain and Museum of Flight Trustee Anne Simpson is interviewed about her 37-year career in the commercial airline industry. She discusses her experiences as a pilot for Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines, where she flew the Boeing 727, Airbus A320, and Boeing 747-400. She also discusses her status as one of the first women pilots to be hired by a major American airline and describes challenges and accomplishments from her career. The interview concludes with an overview of...
Taylor, Dick -- oral history interview, 2014 February 13
Interview Summary Aeronautical engineer Richard W. “Dick” Taylor is interviewed about his 50-year career at the Boeing Company, which spanned the 1940s to the early 1990s. He discusses his experiences as a test pilot and design engineer for the company and describes notable projects from his career, including his work on the B-47 Stratojet, Boeing Model 377 Stratocruiser, and Model 737 and his development of ETOPS (Extended Range Twin Engine Operations). He also touches on his service as a U.S Army liaison pilot...
Wygle, Brien S. -- oral history interview, 2013 November 13
Interview Summary Test pilot Brien Wygle is interviewed about his decade-spanning career in the aviation industry. He describes his flight experiences prior to his work at Boeing, including his RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) service as a transport pilot during and after World War II and his time as an airline pilot with Queen Charlotte Airlines. He then discusses his test pilot career at the Boeing Company and his involvement with various aircraft, including the Boeing B-47 Stratojet, B-52 Stratofortress, Model...
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