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Timeless Voices Of Aviation

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of voices are you looking for?
We are trying to record all aspects of aviation – so this means Timeless Voices is interested in civil as well as military aviators, plus mechanics, air traffic controllers, aircraft designers, builders and restorers, flight instructors, writers, air show performers, administrators, airport and FBO operators, and airline employees… to name but a few!

Remember that the Timeless Voices of Aviation are not just the famous voices of aviation. We would also like to gather stories from ordinary, unheralded individuals. One of the purposes of Timeless Voices is to help ordinary people preserve part of their own family history. It is common for people to say things like “my story doesn’t matter,” or “I didn’t do anything important.” In fact, that kind of modesty flies in the face of our purpose. An individual aviation story, be it one of serving a local airport, starting a flying club, designing and building an airplane, or serving the nation in war or peace, is one of the countless threads which, woven together, creates the priceless tapestry of human flight. Which thread is unimportant?

I have a friend/relative that should be recorded. What should I do?

First of all, consider recording them yourself. We have developed a Project Kit that provides all the information you need to conduct an interview for Timeless Voices of Aviation. It does not require professional know-how! All the necessary forms and paperwork are included, plus there is simple guidance on how to set up a video camera, and what type of questions to ask during the interview.

If you don’t feel confident doing it alone, perhaps a friend or family member might be able to help. 

As a last resort, it might be possible for EAA to help. We may be able to connect you with a Timeless Voices volunteer or EAA Chapter in your local area. Contact us for more details. 

Finally, we will be conducting recording sessions at EAA’s larger events and on the road with our B-17 outreach tour. 

What will you do with the recordings?
Timeless Voices of Aviation recordings will be stored in the archives of the EAA AirVenture Museum. We will develop and maintain a computer database so that recordings can be searched and located easily.

We aim for the widest possible access to the valuable historical resource being created. Recordings will be available for consultation at the Museum by students, researchers, scholars, family members etc. A special Timeless Voices exhibit is planned for the Museum. It is anticipated that recordings will be used in videos and TV productions made by EAA’s Television Department and others.

When funds become available is our eventual goal to make a large number of complete Timeless Voices recordings accessible via the internet, through this website.

Is there a deadline for the program?
No, Timeless Voices has no deadline for collecting oral histories. Tapes will be accepted at any time. Aviation history is ongoing, and so is the Timeless Voices program.

Is Timeless Voices a part of the Veterans History Project?
Yes! Timeless Voices of Aviation is an official partner of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. The Timeless Voices archive will be housed at the EAA AirVenture Museum.

Who had been interviewed?
See a list of those who have been interviewed, and get an idea of the kinds of stories that have recorded.

Do you collect other historical items - like memoirs, photographs and other artifacts?
The purpose of Timeless Voices of Aviation is to collect, preserve and distribute video oral histories relating to the history of aviation. 

If you would like to offer aviation documents, memoirs, books or photographs please direct your enquiry to the EAA Library: Telephone 920.426.4848 e-mail library@eaa.org

If you would like to offer other aviation artifacts, please direct your enquiry to Ron Twellman, Curator of Collections at the EAA AirVenture Museum: Telephone 920.426.5917 e-mail rtwellman@eaa.org 

What is “EAA”?
EAA stands for “Experimental Aircraft Association”. EAA was founded in 1953 by a group of individuals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who were interested in building their own airplanes. Through the decades, the organization expanded its mission to include antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters and contemporary manufactured aircraft. Now headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, EAA has 170,000 members around the world.

You don't have to be a pilot or aircraft owner to be a member of EAA. You can find different ways to fulfill your aviation interest, whether it's participating in EAA's Young Eagles (with a goal of giving one million kids an airplane ride), visiting the world famous EAA AirVenture Museum, attending the world's premier aviation event, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh or participating in Timeless Voices of Aviation.

You can learn more about the whole range of EAA’s programs – and find our how to join - through its website – www.eaa.org

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