Dan Hagedorn was appointed Senior Curator and Director of Collections for The Museum of Flight at historic Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington, effective February 7, 2008. He retired from that position May 13, 2016, and by unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees at their annual 2016 Board Meeting, was appointed Curator Emeritus from that date.
Prior to coming to The Museum of Flight, Hagedorn served as both Research Team Leader and Adjunct Curator for Latin American Aviation at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, during the preceding 19 years. He came to that position following a 26-year career in the United States Armed Forces. During his military career, he served several tours in Latin America and elsewhere and, at one time or another, has visited all but one of the traditional Latin American nations.
He is the author of 27 books dealing with various aspects of aviation history, with an emphasis on the aviation history of Latin America. He has also authored more than 150 journal articles for such widely read periodicals. He was honored with The Willis Nye Award by the American Aviation Historical Society for his history of U.S. Army Air Corps and USAAF aviation in defense of the Panama Canal Zone. In October 2010, he was awarded the “AAHS Trophy” by Air-Britain, The International Society of Aviation Historians, for his career contributions to that organization, and is thus the only historian to ever receive both of these U.S. and international awards. In March 1996, Hagedorn was named an Unsung Hero of the Smithsonian Institution
In October 2006, in conjunction with his services dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the first flight of aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont – the second person to achieve sustained, heavier-than-air, powered flight – he was decorated with the Orden Merito Santos-Dumont by the Ambassador to the United States of Brazil for “…services to aviation history.”
In July 2012, he was nominated to a panel of seven scholars and historians to serve as a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame Nominations Screening Committee, chaired by COL Walt Boyne, former Director of the National Air and Space Museum. He has served on that body annually ever since.
Since being appointed Curator and Director of Collections at The Museum of Flight, the largest independent air and space museum in the world, Hagedorn has appeared in five segments of the nationally televised Travel Channel feature, Mysteries at the Museum and has thus been so featured more often than any other narrator in the history of the series.
In 2014, Hagedorn represented The Museum of Flight at the first Annual International Aircraft Restoration Symposium held at The Dornier Museum in Friedrichshafen, Germany. He was one of only four speakers to present at the Symposium, the others representing The RAF Museum/Imperial War Museum of Great Britain, the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
The Publishing house ‘European Airlines Rob Mulder’ is proud to be able to publish the work of this American aviation historian.