Former aerospace engineer to visit new display at Heritage Center Saturday

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Former aerospace engineer with NASA and Henry County native Edwin Saltzman will be visiting a new display at the Henry County Heritage Center in his honor during museum hours on Saturday, July 14.

Saltzman, 92, has been sending pictures and artifacts from his life and time with NASA to the Henry County Heritage Trust for years. With his impending visit to the area for a family reunion, the display will finally come to life at the museum at 203 N. White Street in Mt. Pleasant.

Saltzman is known for his contribution to uncovering missing records from Chuck Yeager?s flight that broke the sound barrier in 1948. The uncovered records ? recordings from that flight ? are now at the Smithsonian Institution. Saltzman himself has a copy of the recording of these sound waves.

When Saltzman got in touch with the Henry County Heritage Center, Henry County Heritage Trust Treasurer Pat White said Saltzman was looking for a home for those recordings at the time. ?He has not yet given those to us, but that was the original intent of him looking for a place where he could donate photos and information about his work with NASA,? White said.

Saltzman was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2009. He graduated from Olds High School. He now resides in California.

The Center is open every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. until October. There is free admission.