Newpapers Seriously


Will you find this kind of aviation “news” anywhere else but AeroKnow Museum?

For the past several weeks at my employer (not related to aviation though I would commit a minor misdemeanor to find a job here at the local airport) I’ve been processing what I call scraps (small clippings from magazines and newspepers) placing one, two or more on single 8.5 by 11 inch paper with glue sticks so the small ones don’t get crushed in the course of adding files to folders and saving file space as a result. I’ve been doing a lot of newspaper article processing this way because I am finding MANY clips from as far back as 1978 that are showing signs of their age. I want to stabilize those articles with a paper behind them

The complete hijacker passengers returned story

The headline on the left in the first picture was separated from the rest of the article because I could not get both onto a single sheet.

This was front page news in an earlier edition.

Thanks to my subscribing to the local paper at the time, I was able to clip and preserve articles that came after the headlines, including the one that follows.

Since most researches I’ve encounters so far have been interested FIRST in the type of aircraft involved in the accident, when I KNOW the aircraft type (sometimes not included in the article and unidentifiable from an accompanying picture). When I don’t know the aircraft time, I will set the clip aside to file in a “Chronology File” for the year in which the accident happened.

Note that the paper on which the clips are glued is marked with the name of the file intended to hold it. This will allow faster sorting and filing when they come back to the AKM for final processing.

My greatest regret with newspapers is that I have not seen and clipped so many thousand issues. If you have aviation-related newspaper (a new airplane’s first flight, the start of airline service to your city with a new airplane, a local pilot — civil or military — obituary, airline and airplane manufacturer news) newspaper clippings looking for a good home, I invite you to share it with AKM.

In an era that makes it hard for the public to appreciate aviation and aviation history, AeroKnow Museum makes it a little easier.

The newspaper clippings and all the rest are open to the public. AKM needs volunteers who live in central Illinois. Leave a comment if you would like to help.

Fly safe!

About Job Conger

I am a freelance aviation, business and tourism writer, poet, songwriter. My journalism appears regularly in Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. I am author of Springfield Aviation from Arcadia Publishing and available everywhere. As founder/director of AeroKnow Museum (AKM) and a volunteer with American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), I created this blog to share news about AKM activity and aviation history.
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