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Lester M. Zinser Papers

Identifier:  - 04-LMZ
The Lester M. Zinser Papers contain reports, search logs, hand-drawn and printed maps, sonar search tracks, equipment order forms, video sonar print rolls, correspondence, clippings, and handwritten notes about the searches to locate the NCAR Queen Air N303D aircraft that disappeared on October 28, 1968 over Lake Superior. Mr. Zinser led the NCAR team in the second search in September 1969 for the aircraft and the three men who were on board.


  • 1968-1982
  • Majority of material found in 1969
  • Other: Date acquired: 2005-05-05


Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


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Arrangement is by alphabetical order by original folder title.

Biographical or Historical Information

Lester "Bill" M. Zinser was a research pilot for NCAR for over eighteen years before retiring in January of 1985. He flew research scientists who were studying the atmosphere in a variety of weather situations, including dust storms and monsoons. Before coming to NCAR, Zinser flew B-25s, B-24s and B-29s during World War II. He was inducted into the Western Michigan University's College of Aviation Hall of Honor in 2011 where he had served as the aviation unit's first chief flight instructor (1957) and coached its precision flight team, the Sky Broncos (1958-1966). Sources: Baron, J. (2011). College of Aviation to induct four into Hall of Honor. WMU News. Retrieved from NCAR Staff Notes

Physical Access Requirements

The collection must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours.

Appraisal Information

The Lester M. Zinser Papers collection was minimally processed in March 2012. Duplicate records were removed from the collection.

Accruals and Additions

No accruals or additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processing was completed in March 2012. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders. Documents were interleaved with acid-free paper as needed. Metal paperclips were removed and replaced with plastic clips. Folded materials were unfolded and flattened when possible. Rolled materials were unrolled and flattened when possible.
Krista Stracka

Repository Details

Part of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Archives Repository