Sharing Knowledge and the History of Aviation Safety

The Archives is a repository for unique or rare, primary materials relating to aviation safety and security. These collections are available to university users and outside researchers.

In addition to being available on-site, a growing number of documents from the collections can be accessed online through the ASASA Digital Library. The Digital Library contains documents including thousands of photographs, letters, reports, and other items, most of which offer full text.

Contact us for reference services—we'll be happy to help you find what you need, and we can often provide electronic copies of documents for personal use.

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April News and Notes

girl jumping onto evacuation slide

The April issue of News and Notes highlights a 1980 Flight Safety Foundation bulletin which provides a history of the inflatable evacuation slide, and also contains information on Aviation Safety Network—one of the best online sources to find accident and incident information; citations for recent aviation safety related articles; "This Month in Aviation History"; and, new items in the archives.

Focus on the Collections Gagarin medal

On 12 April 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space when he orbited Earth aboard Vostok I.

The Gagarin Medal was awarded by the Soviet Federation of Cosmonauts to honor individuals who made significant contributions to aviation and space. The medal in our collection was presented to Jerry Lederer, "the father of aviation safety" and former NASA Director of Safety in 1989.

From the Jerome Lederer Papers, part of the Flight Safety Foundation Jerry Lederer Aviation Safety Library (MS-016).

Previously featured highlights from our collections can be found here.

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