A black and white illustrated portrait of Roxie Laybourne. She has big glasses and is wearing a turtle neck. There are bird feathers drawn in a circle around her.

The Feather Lady

Episode #206

2023-02-03 05:00:40


On October 4, 1960, Eastern Airlines Flight 375 took off from Boston’s Logan airport, and then, two minutes later, it crashed. 62 people died. Investigators couldn’t figure out what had happened, and they decided to ask a scientist working at the Smithsonian for help. Roxie Laybourne’s investigation helped launch a whole new field of science that changed aviation and forensics.

Special thanks to the Smithsonian Institution Archives, for letting us share audio of Roxie Laybourne.