The United States Air Force and its predecessors have maintained a variety of records relating to the aircraft operated by the service. Beginning in 1923, the Air Service maintained individual records for each aircraft added to the inventory, listing location and activity from its acceptance by the service until its retirement from the inventory. These records have had a number of official names but are most commonly called "Aircraft History Cards." The records do not record the entire history and activity of an individual aircraft. The do not include information about missions or crews, nor do they record exact locations or manners of loss. Rather they serve as a a compilation of the locations, transfers, and "controlling activity" (the unit responsible for reporting the aircraft) of the aircraft at a set time.
This collection consists of duplicate microfilm of individual aircraft records for United States Air Force. The microfilm covers aircraft owned by the US Army Air Service, Army Air Corps, Army Air Forces, USAF, and the National Guard starting in July of 1923 and including those drooped from the active inventory before June 30, 1955. (Master films are held by Air Force Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, AL) Each record card consists of a complete record of aircraft transfers (duty locations) from acceptance until retirement. Duty locations do not include unit, only theater/air base.