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Ernst H. Linnemann U.S. Air Force Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2021-06-23
The Ernst H. Linnemann U.S. Air Force Collection is a small collection of textual and visual materials related to Linneman's service in the U.S. Air Force in the late 1950s and early 1960s, working in communications and navigation, especially with TACAN (tactical air navigation) systems.

The collection includes materials collected while Linnemann was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, Scott Air Force Base, Niagara Falls Air Base, and Ladd Air Force Base including a photo collage of Squadron 3711 Flight 1292; portraits of Linnemann in uniform; assorted photos of other crew members; a scrapbook from Scott AFB; a map of Niagara Falls municipal airport; a certificate for having crossed the Arctic Circle in Alaska; a map of Alaska with TACAN sites noted; and assorted articles and clippings. Notably, there are 260 color photographic slides which Linnemann took during his service and later used in a slide-show presentation about his work. These are accompanied by notes identifying the slides and a digital video showing the slide presentation with Linnemann providing narration. Note that besides the slides, the photographs in the collection are all black-and-white and while some of the photographic prints in the collection of Linnemann and crewmates are original vintage prints, a few are digital reprints.

In addition, there are two other folders of materials unrelated to Linnemann's work with the Air Force: 21 color photographs of the B-17G "Lukcy Lady" on view at Cape May Naval Air Station in 2012, and some navigation materials used by United Airlines pilot Ed A. Sarkisian during some flights in 2018.


  • 1957-2018
  • Majority of material found within 1957-1960


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research but the flash drive with digital video is not accessible pending digital preservation measures. 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.


.25 Cubic Feet (1 half-width legal size document box)

Separated Materials

The following book has been separated from the archival component of this collection and is kept in the Library:
  • My Life at Lackland, Lackland AFB yearbook, 1957
  • Niagara Falls AB directory and guide, 1959
  • Otis AFB guide book, circa 1960
  • Keesler AFB guide book, circa 1960
  • AACS Alumni Association yearbook, 2004

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

  • USAF Sergeant Chevron shoulder patch, WWII
  • Airways Communications patch, WWII
  • Airways Communication Pin, WWII
  • NAS Wildwood Aircraft, Avenger, challenge coin
  • NAS Wildwood Aircraft, Helldiver, challenge coin
  • NAS Wildwood Aircraft, Hellcat, challenge coin
Guide to the Ernst H. Linnemann U.S. Air Force 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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