Screenshot from film footage of the Associated Women Pilots of Boeing Field (AWPBF) at Boeing Field, Washington, circa July 1940. The Floyd R. Daniel Boeing Collection/The Museum of Flight.The Museum of Flight has digitized its rare selection of 86 behind-the-scenes movies, all of which are now online.Dating from World War I to Apollo 13, the films are home movies or privately shot footage that brings a new perspective to aerospace history like never seen before. The footage ranges from scenes of flight attendants at work in the 1940s to Bill Boeing, founder of The Boeing Company, partying with friends in the 1930s.
American Airlines flight attendants, including Catherine Wingfield, at work and at leisure, circa 1940s. Video courtesy of
Museum of Flight.
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) provided a Recordings at Risk grant in 2020 to the Museum of Flight to make the digitization of the films possible. The 86 films are all silent and under 15 minutes each.The digitization project took the work of many Museum staff and volunteers, as each film had to be cataloged and aircraft identified, a task made difficult by the grainy texture of some footage.