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United States Navy Engineering Drawings on Microfilm

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United States. Navy. Bureau of Aeronautics [BuAer]  Search this
United States. Navy. Bureau of Aeronautics [BuAer]  Search this
69.84 Cubic Feet (776 microfilm cartons)
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
[no dates]
Scope and Contents:
Included in this collection are drawings for the following aircraft: Douglas AD series, BTD-1 and F3D, Grumman F4F-3, F4F-4, F4F-7, F6F-3, F8F-1, Goodyear F2G-1, McDonnell FH-1, North American FJ-1, General Motors FM-1, FM-2, Chance-Vought F4U-1, F4U-4, F4U-5, F8U-1, OS2U, Beech GB-2, UC-43, Bell HSL-1, HTL-5, HTL-6, HUL-1, Grumman J2F, JRF, Naval Aircraft Factory N3N, Martin PBM, Consolidated PB2Y, PB4Y, Lockheed R7V-1, Curtiss SB2C, North American SNJ, General Motors TBM-3, Goodyear ZPG-3W and K type airship, as well as drawings of miscellaneous equipment, several incomplete microfilm sets, manufacturer specifications and technical documentation and manuals.
Biographical / Historical:
The United States Navy Bureau of Aeronautics (BuAer) maintained record copies of engineering drawings for aviation equipment operated by the Navy and microfilm copies of these drawings were created by the Drawings and Microfilm Section of BuAer's Maintenance Division for the use of the Navy. In the mid 1980s, a portion of this drawing collection was loaned to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) for processing by NASM personnel. In 1991, positive reference copies of microfilm, comprising some 3000 rolls, were loaned to NASM to assist in the processing of the hardcopy drawings and with the understanding that, should funding be available, NASM would duplicate the microfilm for its own collection as a "second security copy." The completion of the Archives II complex in College Park, MD in the 1990s allotted sufficient storage space to NARA's Cartographic and Architectural Branch for the RG72 drawing collection to be housed directly under NARA custody. As a result, NARA recalled its loan of the material, including the microfilm collection. The drawings were returned in 1994, but NARA granted an extension of the microfilm loan to allow NASM to duplicate portions of the collection which were relevant to NASM's artifact collection. The resulting 776 rolls of diazo 35mm film duplicates portions of microfilm contained in NARA RG72 and includes some records of the Drawings and Microfilm Section and Publications Section of BuAer's Maintenance Division.
NARA, unknown, 1994, 1994-0058, unknown
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Grumman Aircraft Family  Search this
Douglas Aircraft Family  Search this
Goodyear Aircraft Family  Search this
McDonnell Aircraft Family  Search this
General Motors (Eastern) Aircraft Family  Search this
North American Aircraft Family  Search this
Vought Aircraft Family  Search this
Curtiss, General, Aircraft  Search this
Lockheed Aircraft Family  Search this
Consolidated Aircraft Family  Search this
Martin Aircraft Family  Search this
Naval Aircraft Factory Aircraft Family  Search this
Bell Aircraft Family  Search this
Beech Aircraft Family  Search this
Naval aviation  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
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Airplanes, Military  Search this
Airplanes -- Design and construction  Search this
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives