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Air Force and Desert Wings, 1962-1964

Identifier: II.

Scope and Contents

Lockman enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1961. He was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California. While stationed at Edwards, Lockman started writing for Desert Wings, the base's weekly newspaper, eventually becoming the paper's co-editor.

This series contains a near-complete run of the newspaper from February 16, 1962 (Volume 6, no. 37) to September 25, 1964 (Volume 9, no. 17). The most notable gap is between April and May 1964, coinsiding with Lockman's time at the Army Information School. Other missing issues include Volume 7, no. 21 (November 9, 1962) and no. 35 (February 22, 1963).

Some volumes have had articles clipped out of them, while others have an "N" circled on them; these are believed to be pieces either authored or edited by Lockman.

This series also includes material related to a course Lockman took at the Army Information School in spring 1964.


  • Creation: 1962-1964

Biographical / Historical

The Desert Wings newspaper was originally founded at Edwards Air Force Base in 1950. Between 1956 and 1957, there was a break in publishing the paper; when the paper resumed in 1957, a new Volume 1, Issue 1 was printed. Desert Wings covers base news, national and international news and also reports on the social life of the Edwards Air Force Base. Publishing every Friday, submissions for the weekly issue needed to be submitted and edited by Tuesday.

In November 2007, Desert Wings began being published under the new title Desert Eagle, which coinsided with the paper moving its operations off-base to a private publisher.

Kimberly, Brad. "Desert Wings to Transform into Desert Eagle." Edwards Air Force Base. October 23, 2007. (accessed June 20, 2018). "Desert Wings." News about Chronicling America RSS. (accessed June 20, 2018).

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