Thomas G. Lanphier papers, before 1987.


Thomas G. Lanphier papers, before 1987.

The collection contains a single manuscript, "Esprit de Corps", written by Lanphier at the end of his career. It gives a family history of involvement in military aviation that includes his father's World War I experiences and his own World War II experiences in the Pacific Theater, particularly the event when Lanphier shot down Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. Also highlighted is Lanphier's civilian career with Convair as a missile-age executive and advocate for advanced missile defense systems against the Soviet Union in the 1950s and early 1960s.

0.10 cubic ft., (1 expandable envelope)

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Lanphier, Thomas G. (person)

Thomas G. Lanphier, 1915-1987, was a World War II pilot , famous for shooting down the bomber carrying Japanese Admiral Yamamoto over Bougaineville Island, April 18, 1943. After the war, as a vice president for military sales, General Dynamic, Convair Division, he served as the Washington liaison and was a strong proponent of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and Global Surveillance System in the 1950s. From the description of Thomas G. Lanphier papers, before 1987. (University ...

Lanphier family (family)

Yamamoto, Isoroku, 1884-1943 (person)

General dynamics corporation. Convair division (corporateBody)

In 1923 the E.F. Gallaudet Aircraft Co. acquired patents and manufacturing rights from Dayton-Wright (U.S. Army Air Corps headquarters) and founded Consolidated Aircraft Corp. Consolidated Aircraft merged with Vultee Aircraft Corp. of San Diego, Calif., in 1941 and produced mostly military aircraft. The name was changed to Convair in 1943. Convair became a division of another military contractor, General Dynamics Corp., in 1953. From the description of Convair photograph collection, ...