Almost everyone has a cell phone today and we regard achievements like the recent Space X launch and landing as a matter of fact. Yet to get to where we are today has been a herculean level of technological advances.
 
July 2019 will be the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. The risks back then were high, but with the technical skills, desire, passion and innovativeness of US designers, there were fewer failures than would be statistically predicted. Collins Radio Company, lead by Arthur Collins, was an important part of that success story. 
  • All space English voice audio and video transmissions have been on Collins equipment. 
  • Collins equipment never had any operational failures in the space program. 
  • Collins provided much of the tracking support for the space missions. (If you would like to see a good movie about the tracking support rent “The Dish”). 
The Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association (AACLA) volunteers are working to preserve the Collins Legacy in history. Part of this effort is collecting artifacts, conducting personal interviews and getting stories about Collins Radio culture and contributions to technology and, in this case, the Moon Landing. 
 
AACLA is in the process of producing a series of documentaries, with formats defined to be useable by TV stations and streaming, to celebrate the Moon Landing anniversary and to inform the public about the culture of the Collins Radio Company and its contributions, not only in the space program, but in areas like Arthur’s Attic Lab, Communications, Avionics Systems, use of modems for high speed transmission of digital data and GPS. Additionally, there are some very unique programs and people rarely heard about outside the electronics community that illustrates the leadership role and culture of Collins Radio Company that will be included. 
 
Associated with this celebration, the Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association (AACLA), and the Rockwell Collins Museum are looking for Collins retirees that worked on the Apollo equipment. Contact Terry Lamb at 319-573-2654 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have experience on the Apollo equipment and want to be included in the Apollo Celebration.
 
If you would like more information about our efforts, go to the two websites shown below and learn more about Collins history and ways you might get involved. A listing of AACLA Board and Volunteers are shown below. 
 
 
 
 
ARTHUR A COLLINS LEGACY ASSOCIATION BOARD AND VOLUNTEER LISTING
Terry Lamb President, 319-573-2654
Michael Collins Vice President, 530-265-8046
Rod Blocksome Secretary, 319-329-7676
Alicia Jackson Treasurer
Becky Woodward RC Liaison & Legal Counsulting, Board Member
Mike Hynek RC Museum Curator, 319-573-6024
Keith Erickson Board Member
Jim Shanklin Board Member
Myron Wilson Board Member
Lawrence Robinson Board Member
Jim Stitzinger Board Member
Don Stulken Volunteer Coordinator, Grant Writer, Board Member
Jim Jones Renovation Volunteer
Jules Yoder Renovation Volunteer
Larry Tjaden Volunteer, Website
Gordon Fabian Volunteer