Skip to main content

Archives at The Museum of Flight

Arthur Wayne Byron Airline Pilot Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2009-06-05
The Arthur Wayne Byron Airline Pilot Collection is comprised of primarily textual materials with some photographs that document Byron's commercial pilot career with Western Airlines and Delta Airlines. Materials date from mid-1940s through the 1980s.

Textual materials include pilot logs dating from 1955-1987; organizational records for Western Airlines, including documents related to the merger of Western Airlines and Pacific Northern Airlines in 1967, as well as the merger of Western Airlines and Delta Airlines in 1986; instructional materials for pilots, including seminar summaries, manuals, guides, and exam sheets; correspondence and memos; and accident and incident reports.

There are also scrapbook pages, which include clippings, cartoons and drawings, and photographs. All of the items are affixed to the pages with tape/glue and do not include captions. It is unknown if there are captions on the reverse of any of the photographs. There is a small amount of loose photographs, both in color and black-and-white. They depict assorted Western Airline aircraft, as well as include two (2) photographs of the Blue Angels and one (1) photograph of President John F. Kennedy in front of a Pacific Northern airplane.


  • circa 1940s-1980s


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research but has not been fully processed. Access to the collection may be limited or may require additional processing time. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


1.62 Cubic Feet (4 full-width letter size document boxes and 1 oversize folder)

Biographical Note: Arthur Wayne Byron

Arthur Wayne Byron was born on March 13, 1933 in Bellingham, Washington. He served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II and the Korean War. After his military service, Byron became a commercial pilot for Western Airlines. He passed away on April 27, 2009.

Biography derived from donor information and collection materials.

Separated Materials

The following material has been separated from the archival component and is kept in Objects storage:

  • Assorted airline and years of service pins
  • Airplane tie tack
  • Western Airlines license plate cover
  • Western Airlines airplane toy
  • Belt with Western Air Express buckle
  • Plastic swizzle sticks
  • Blue Angels shirt
  • Pilot uniform hat, as well as hats from various airplane companies
  • Seven airplane model kits

Processing Information

This collection has not been fully processed.


Guide to the Arthur Wayne Byron Airline Pilot Collection
Completed - Level 1
J. Parent
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Revision Statements

  • July 2020: Updated related agents.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

The Museum of Flight | 9404 E. Marginal Way South | Seattle WA 98108-4097 | 206-764-5874
Contact us with a research request