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The William P. and Wendy B. Lawrence Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2021-06-14
The William P. and Wendy B. Lawrence Collection is a small collection consisting of photographs related to Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence's Navy career dating from about 1932-1959 and a document read in space by Wendy Lawrence on Space Shuttle Mission STS-114 in 2005.

The photographs from Vice Admiral Lawrence's military service are all black-and-white prints of official U.S. Navy photographs, most dated 1958-1959. Most were taken by Light Photographic Squadron 62 (VFP-62). Subjects include aircraft carriers, including the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt; Navy biplanes in Scouting Squadron Two; an F9F-8P over the eye of Hurricane Grace; aerial views of NAS Cecil Field and NAS Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida; air-to-air refueling on F8U Crusaders; and formation flying of Grumman F9F Cougars, McDonnel F3H Demons and F2H Banshees, and Vought F8U Crusaders. Most of the images of planes are air-to-air photographs, rather than photographs taken from the ground. Many of the planes are associated with VF-43.

One item in the collection is from Wendy Lawrence: a three-page document with the text of a speech read aboard Space Shuttle Mission STS-114 in 2005 by Lawrence and and her crewmates honoring and commemorating crew members of the Space Shuttle Columbia as well other astronauts who died during their work.


  • 1932, 1958-1959, 2005


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. 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 Cubic Feet (1 letter size folder, 1 oversize folder)

Separated Materials

The following items have been separated from the archival component of this collection and are kept in Objects storage:

  • Flight suit of Wendy Lawrence
  • Garment bag for flight suit
  • T-shirt in memory of STS-107 Space Shuttle Columbia

The following item has been separated from the archival component of this collection and was transferred to the Library:

  • Llife Magazine, May 1, 1944


Guide to the The William P. and Wendy B. Lawrence Collection
Completed - Level 1
N. Davis
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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