In this two-part oral history, Paul L. Weaver is interviewed about his decade-spanning career as an aircraft mechanic and pilot. In part one, he describes his military service with the U.S. Navy; his career with the Boeing Company during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s; and his involvement in the Pacific Northwest aviation scene. He also shares stories about other aviation enthusiasts and the early days of the Pacific Northwest Aviation Historical Foundation (PNAHF), the predecessor of The Museum of Flight. Topics discussed include his World War II service aboard the USS Lexington (CV-16); his flight demonstration and mechanic work at Boeing; and his experiences maintaining, restoring, and building aircraft.
- 2019 March 11
Language of Materials
All materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. Interviews are being made available online on an ongoing basis. For more information contact us.
11.9 Gigabytes (1 master video file, 1 access video file, 1 PDF transcript)
- Airplanes -- Conservation and restoration
- Aviation mechanics (Persons)
- Boeing Company
- Boeing Company -- Employees
- Bowers (Peter M.) Fly Baby
- Bowers, Peter M.
- General Motors (Eastern) FM-2 Wildcat
- Lexington (Aircraft carrier : 1943-1991)
- Little, Steve (Interviewer)
- Museum of Flight (Seattle, Wash.)
- Pacific Northwest Aviation Historical Foundation
- United States. Navy
- Washington (State)
- Weaver, Paul L., 1922- (Interviewee)
- World War, 1939-1945