Audio recordings often play second fiddle to film material in many archives. Film clips can be a nice little money earner as clips can be sold again and again to documentary makers. Audio on the other hand doesn't seem to have any use aside from being transcribed for Oral History programs.

Lost and Found Aviation Sound is a small project/organisation set up to preserve audio recordings related to aviation and space flight before its too late and historically valuable recordings are lost for good.

We feel that audio recordings have much to give future generations, reading a transcript or an account in a dusty old book is all well and good, but just imagine you could hear that person recounting in their own voice what happened or why they did something in a particular way. It would bring an event or situation alive allowing students, enthusiasts and historians alike to have a much clearer understanding of how and why an event happened. Recordings may also contain knowledge about obsolete aircraft or systems by the people who cared for them which may no longer be available to the aviation community.


We recently worked on some rare wire recordings of the team that broke the sound barrier in 1947. Found in a Washington DC basement, the recordings had lain forgotten for over 25 years, until a sound engineer found them and sent them to us. What makes these recordings special are that they include not just Chuck Yeager, but other people intimately involved with the X-1 test program. Many of these people have long since pasted on, but these tapes recorded at the time; allow their voices to describe the events while they are still "raw" in their own minds. Audio extracts can be heard on the audio page of this website.

To preserve the story of aviation, LAFAS needs your help. With just over a year until the centenary of man's first powered flight we are keen to hear from anyone, people and museums alike that might have recordings of people involved in everything from the construction, maintenance and flight of air and spacecraft.

Once these tapes are gone, so has part of our heritage. Saving these recordings is important as tape deteriorates with age, especially if it not kept in proper conditions.

LAFAS operates under the wing of One Voice Multimedia Ltd; but is run on a purely voluntary basis, with staff working on a voluntary basis donating their time and skills free of charge and running costs covered by the sale of CDs.




One Voice Multimedia Ltd. produces high quality audio programming. Based in the historic English County of Lincolnshire, home of the Pilgrim Fathers and within sight of the famous Lincoln Cathedral , the River Witham flows past the end of the premises.