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Joe Aiken Films

 Collection — Box: Film Box 4, Reel: 1-6
Identifier: 1998-12-28
The Joe Aiken Films are comprised of six films shot, produced, or compiled by Joe Aiken of 20th Century Fox Studio, from approximately 1918-1947. The films contain a mix of newsreel footage, documentary footage of aircraft manufacturing, and flight footage. Three of the films contain footage of World War I flying aces, flying squadrons, World War I-era aircraft, and transatlantic flight attempts. One of the films contains newsreel footage of the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II and the U.S. response to it. The fifth film depicts aircraft manufacturing at the Pfalz aircraft manufacturing plant dating back to about 1918. The final film contains footage of the 1932 and 1933 National Air Derbies.


  • circa 1918-1950s


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The films in this collection may not be handled, but a digital surrogate is available on our The Museum of Flight Digital Collections. 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.


.6 Cubic Feet (6 film reels)

Biographical Note: Joe Aiken

Joe Aiken was a filmmaker and sound engineer for 20th Century Fox Studios and the U.S. Navy.

Aiken was born in 1900. He attended the University of Illinois and graduated in 1922. He began working at 20th Century Fox Film Corporation in 1928. He was a sound engineer or recordist for over 80 films during the 1930s and 1940s. In 1943, Aiken joined the U.S. Navy and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander, where he was assigned to the Recording Science Laboratory at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Anacostia, D.C.

Aiken died in Arlington, Virginia on July 16, 1969.

Biographical note sourced from: "Obituaries--Joseph E. Aiken," in Journal of the SMPTE, vol. 78, no. 10, pp. 1024-1026, Oct. 1969, doi: 10.5594/J10789iiiA.

Existence and Location of Copies

Materials from this collection have been digitized and are available at The Museum of Flight Digital Collections.
Guide to the Joe Aiken Films
Completed - Level 2
A. Matthews
Description rules
Language of description
Processing, cataloging, and digitization of the films in this collection was made possible by a Council on Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR) "Recordings at Risk" grant.
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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