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Eric Preece Engine Collection

Creator:
Preece, Eric  Search this
Names:
American Society of Tool and Manufacturing Engineers  Search this
Wright Aeronautical Corp  Search this
Extent:
4.4 Cubic feet (8 records center boxes; 1 flatbox)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Notebooks
Correspondence
Photographs
Reports
Memoranda
Drawings
Manuals
Catalogs
Brochures
Date:
1933-1944
Summary:
This collection traces Preece's engineering work with WAC, and includes the following types of materials: correspondence, memos, technical drawings, minutes of meetings from both the WAC Gear Committee and the American Society of Tool Engineers, descriptions of various projects and equipment, photographs, reports, catalogues, brochures, manuals, notebooks, and personnel information.
Scope and Contents:
This collection traces Preece's engineering work with Wright Aeronautical Corporation (WAC), and includes the following types of materials: correspondence, memos, technical drawings, minutes of meetings from both the WAC Gear Committee and the American Society of Tool Engineers, descriptions of various projects and equipment, photographs, reports, catalogues, brochures, manuals, notebooks, and personnel information.
Arrangement:
The original arrangement of this collection was maintained.
This collection is arranged into six series:

Series I: Professional Materials

Series II: Material Related to Notebooks

Series III: Material Related to Business Practices

Series IV: Drawings

Series V: Miscellaneous Material

Series VI: Oversized Material
Biographical/Historical note:
Eric Preece was an engineer with the Wright Aeronautical Corporation (WAC) of Paterson, New Jersey, a company involved in the engineering development of the mass production of cylinder heads for WAC air-cooled engines for Boeing B-29 bombers during World War II. Mr. Preece served as the manager of Experimental Manufacturing prior to his promotion to Production Manager of WAC's Plant 7 in 1943. He was also an active member of the American Society of Tool Engineers, serving as the Public Relations Chairman and later as chapter president.
Provenance:
Unknown (Eric Preece?)
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Airplanes  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Wright Cyclone 18 (R-3350) 18-cyl radial engine family  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes -- Motors  Search this
Airplanes -- Design and construction  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Genre/Form:
Notebooks
Correspondence
Photographs
Reports
Memoranda
Drawings
Manuals
Catalogs
Brochures
Citation:
Eric Preece Engine Collection, Acc. XXXX-0502, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0502
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Eric Preece Engine Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0502
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Norman Mayer Lighter-than-Air (LTA) Collection

Creator:
Mayer, Norman  Search this
Names:
Airship Industries Ltd.  Search this
American Skyship Industries  Search this
CargoLifter AG  Search this
Goodyear-Zeppelin  Search this
Extent:
16.6- Cubic feet ((17 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Reports
Photographs
Drawings
Manuals
Motion pictures (visual works)
Scrapbooks
Date:
bulk 1940s-2000s
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately seventeen cubic feet of LTA material created or gathered by Norman Mayer during his career, 1941-2000s. The material spans from early Goodyear, Navy and Zeppelin design material, to later LTA designs from the 1970s-2000s, including those from Airship Industries Ltd, American Skyship Industries and CargoLifter AG. The types of material include: photographs, drawings, manuals, patents, conference reports, notebooks, design and feasibility studies/reports, scrapbooks and 16mm film.
Biographical / Historical:
Norman Mayer (1916-2015) was an aerospace engineer, whose professional career spanned 65 years in the airship industry. Mayer graduated from the Academy of Aeronautics in Queens, New York, in March 1941 and immediately began his career at the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation in Akron Ohio as a design, research and flight test engineer for Naval patrol airships. After his work at Goodyear, he worked for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington, D.C. as an expert in lighter-than-air (LTA) technology. In 1961, Mayer joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) where he managed research in space stations, lunar and planetary bases, orbiting telescopes and composite materials. While at NASA, he served as a consultant to the State Department and the World Bank on LTA systems. He retired from the government in 1984 and continued to consult in LTA systems for government and industrial organizations. He was an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, an Associate Member of the Society of Naval Architects, an Honorary Life member of the Lighter than Air Society and of the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society and technical chairman of the Naval Airship Association.
Provenance:
Margaret Mayer, Gift, 2016
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airships  Search this
Genre/Form:
Reports
Photographs
Drawings
Manuals
Motion pictures (visual works)
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Norman Mayer Lighter-than-Air (LTA) Collection, Accession 2016-0022, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2016.0022
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2016-0022

Edward P. Baldwin Collection

Creator:
Baldwin, Edward P.  Search this
Names:
Lockheed Aircraft Corp  Search this
Extent:
7.31 Cubic feet ((29 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Photographs
Logs (records)
Manuals
Newspaper clippings
Date:
bulk 1944-1982
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 7.31 cubic feet of material created by Edward Baldwin during his tenure as a engineer for Kelly Johnson at Lockheed Skunk Works, 1944-1982. The collection consists of original pencil on vellum Skunk Works drawings, blueprints, design studies, logs, engineering notebooks, photographs, technical manuals, correspondence, newspaper articles and newsletters relating to his work on Lockheed aircraft, including the development of the P-80, SR-71, F-94, F-104, F-117 and the U-2.
Biographical / Historical:
Edward Baldwin received his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1940 from West Virginia University. After graduation he moved to California and began working at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. He was first assigned to the Special Airplane Projects group, where he worked on the Model 10 Electra, Model 12 Electra Jr, Model B-14, Hudson Bomber and the Model 18 Lodestar. Baldwin was then placed on loan to the P-38 and R6-O Constitution projects. In March of 1944, Baldwin was asked by Dick Boehme to join the Fuselage Design Group of the Advanced Development Projects (ADP) "Skunk Works." Baldwin worked on the P-80, before working on the F-94C and the XF-104. In November of 1954, Baldwin was placed on the U-2 project, where he developed the configuration of the aircraft and completed the design. Baldwin also worked on the ADP's Archangel Program to develop a Mach 3+ reconnaissance aircraft, which became known as the SR-71. Baldwin was then assigned to the "Have Blue" program, which was the Skunk Work's entry into the Stealth Prototype competition. Baldwin was responsible for all structural design of the two test vehicles and when Lockheed won the contract, became the Deputy Program Manager for Structures of the F-117. He retired in September 1982, after the first four production F-117 aircraft were delivered to the Air Force.
Provenance:
Barbara Sulier and Robert Baldwin, Gift, 2016
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Lockheed (F-80) P-80A Shooting Star  Search this
Lockheed U-2 Family  Search this
Lockheed SR-71 (Blackbird) Family  Search this
Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk (Stealth Fighter)  Search this
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter Family  Search this
Lockheed F-94 Starfire Family  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aircraft drafting  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Photographs
Logs (records)
Manuals
Newspaper clippings
Citation:
Edward P. Baldwin Collection, Accession 2017-0010, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2017.0010
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2017-0010

Baker-Nunn Satellite Tracking Collection

Creator:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
Extent:
9.46 Cubic feet ((8 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Correspondence
Manuals
Photographic prints
Date:
bulk 1965-1983
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 8 cubic feet of documentation on the Baker-Nunn camera, including the following types of material: drawings, photographs, manuals and reports, and memorandums and correspondence
Biographical / Historical:
The Baker-Nunn Camera, designed by James Baker and Joseph Nunn, was created to observe both natural and man-made satellites orbiting at a great altitude. This high-precision telescopic tracking camera was used by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) to track artificial satellites from the 1950s to mid-1970s. The SAO set up a highly successful optical tracking system using a network of Baker-Nunn cameras at twelve tracking stations located in Argentina, Australia, Curacao, India, Iran, Japan, Peru, South Africa, Spain, and at three sites in the United States.
Provenance:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) via Space History Division, NASM, Gift, 2012
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Baker-Nunn camera  Search this
Artificial satellites -- Optical observations  Search this
Artificial satellites -- Tracking  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Correspondence
Manuals
Photographic prints
Citation:
Baker-Nunn Satellite Tracking Collection, Accession 2012-0014, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2012.0014
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2012-0014

V-2 (A-4), Corporal, Loon, and Redstone PGM-11 Missile Testing Collection [Deans]

Extent:
1.26 Cubic feet ((4 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Drawings
Manuals
Lectures
Place:
Fort Bliss (Tex.)
White Sands Proving Grounds
Date:
bulk 1948-1959
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of material belonging to Lt. Col. Kenneth V. Deans when he was working as a safety officer on missile projects with at the White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico, and at Fort Bliss, Texas. This collection consists of 1.25 cubic feet of photography, technical manuals, drawings, lectures, and related documentation related to the following missiles launched at White Sands, New Mexico: V-2 (A-4) Missile; Loon Missile (JB-2, KUW-1, LTV-2, MX-544); Redstone Missile (Major, URSA, SSM-G-14, SSM-A-14, PGM-11, Hermes C-1); and the Corporal Missile (XM4E1, XSSM-A-17, SSM-A-17). The collection also features material on the 1st AAA Guided Missile Battalion.
Biographical / Historical:
Lt. Col. Kenneth V. Deans (1912-2010) was born and raised in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Deans attended the University of St. Thomas and in 1939, joined the Army. In 1941, he was transferred to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and was present during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Deans served out the war in the Pacific Theater, and in 1945, he was transferred to Fort Bliss/White Sands, New Mexico, to work on rocket development. From 1946-1949, Deans served in Germany, before returning stateside to service in New Jersey and Arlington, Virginia. In 1952, Deans was transferred back to White Sands and in 1955 he was transferred to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 76 Field Artillery Battalion. Following retirement from the Army, he took a position at Control Data in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Provenance:
Dennis Peterson and Nancy Deans, Gift, 2012
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
V-2 rocket  Search this
Ballistic missiles  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Loon Missile (JB-2, KUW-1, LTV-2, MX-544)  Search this
Redstone Missile (Major, URSA, SSM-G-14, SSM-A-14, PGM-11, Hermes C-1)  Search this
Corporal Missile (XM4E1, XSSM-A-17, SSM-A-17)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Drawings
Manuals
Lectures
Citation:
V-2 (A-4), Corporal, Loon, and Redstone PGM-11 Missile Testing Collection [Deans], Accession 2012-0035, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2012.0035
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2012-0035

Bell XV-15 (Model 301) Collection

Creator:
Bell (USA)  Search this
Extent:
1.83 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Manuals
Date:
bulk 1976-2002
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the following material relating to the Bell XV-15 Tilt Rotor: four binders containing Maintenance Task Analysis Records; one binder containing maintenance manuals, including TP-28-XV-15-2; and a packet of drawings.
Biographical / Historical:
The XV-15 Tilt Rotor technology demonstrator was the culmination of efforts begun in the early 1950s to produce an aircraft that could take off, land, and hover like a helicopter, but with the speed of an airplane. The rotor pylons tilt from the vertical to horizontal to eliminate the speed barriers imposed on conventional helicopters by retreating-blade stall.
Provenance:
Bell Helicopter / NASA, Gift, 2004
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Bell XV-15 (Model 301)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Manuals
Citation:
Bell XV-15 (Model 301) Collection , Accession number 2005-0004, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2005.0004
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2005-0004

Boeing SST Manuals and Drawings

Creator:
Boeing Company  Search this
Names:
Boeing Company  Search this
Extent:
1.09 Cubic feet ((1 records center box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuals
Reports
Drawings
Date:
1965-1968
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of manuals, reports and drawings concerning the development of Boeing's supersonic transport. The collection also contains materials discussing rival designs to the Boeing SST, such as the Tupolev TU-144.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Transfer from Bldg. 9, Garber Facility, transfer, 1996, 1996-0052, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Boeing Model 2707 SST  Search this
Tupolev Tu-144 Charger Family  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuals
Reports
Drawings
Identifier:
NASM.1996.0052
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1996-0052

Joel Banow Collection

Creator:
Banow, Joel  Search this
Names:
CBS  Search this
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Project Apollo (U.S.)  Search this
Project Apollo (U.S.). Apollo 11  Search this
Banow, Joel  Search this
Extent:
1.92 Cubic feet ((1 records center box) (1 flatbox))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Photographs
Press releases
Motion pictures (visual works)
Scripts (documents)
Drawings
Manuals
Date:
[ca. 1960s-1970s]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the following materials collected by Joel Banow during his tenure with CBS News covering the United States manned space program: press releases; press kits, correspondence, memorandums, show rundowns, technical specifications, director notes, scripts, storyboards, photographs, drawings, guide books and manuals, transparencies, posters, a videotape, and 16 mm films. There are also three animation cells relating to the coverage of Apollo 11. The material was generated by NASA, CBS and the following NASA contractors -- Grumman, North American Rockwell, and RCA.
Biographical / Historical:
Joel Banow is a retired television director. During his sixteen years with CBS News, he worked on all the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab space shots. As the director, he was responsible for creating a great many of the special effects and simulations needed to tell the story. In 1969, Banow received a Directors Guild of America (DGA) award for his coverage of Apollo 11.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Joel Banow, gift, 1999, 2000-0027, Public Domain and CBS
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Television broadcasting -- Special effects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Photographs
Press releases
Motion pictures (visual works)
Scripts (documents)
Drawings
Manuals
Identifier:
NASM.2000.0027
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2000-0027

Frederick K. Gampper, Jr. Airship Collection

Creator:
Gampper, Frederick K., Jr.  Search this
Names:
Commerical Airship Syndicate, Ltd.  Search this
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company  Search this
Gampper, Frederick K., Jr.  Search this
Extent:
0.45 Cubic feet ((1 legal document box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Manuals
Photographs
Clippings
Date:
1917-1925
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of blueprints, a manual, newspaper articles, brochures and photographs of airships and balloons during the early part of the 20th century, usually relating to Gampper's career. The airships included are the Roma, the Wingfoot Express, and the Pony Blimp at Commercial Air Syndicate.
Biographical / Historical:
Frederick K. Gampper, Jr., began his aviation career in 1917. During the late 1910s and early 1920s, Gampper worked for the dirigible department at Goodyear Rubber Company where he was a supervisor of dirigible construction in Key West, an airship pilot, and trained other pilots for Goodyear. After his stint at Goodyear, Gampper helped raise stock for the Commercial Airship Syndicate, LTD., which would have been the first commercial airship airline in the United States. The night before the commencement of the company's schedule began, however, a storm destroyed the airship. Gampper's dirigible balloon pilot's license was no. #53, his Spherical Balloon Aero Club of America license was no. #655.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
James M. Gampper and Frederick K. Gampper III, gift, 1993, 1993-0062, NASM
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Goodyear Wingfoot Express (Airship)  Search this
Goodyear Pony Blimp (Airship)  Search this
Roma (Italian SCA T.34) (Airship)  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Airships  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Manuals
Photographs
Clippings
Identifier:
NASM.1993.0062
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1993-0062

United States Navy Engineering Drawings on Microfilm

Creator:
United States. Navy. Bureau of Aeronautics [BuAer]  Search this
Names:
United States. Navy. Bureau of Aeronautics [BuAer]  Search this
Extent:
69.84 Cubic feet (776 microfilm cartons)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Microfilms
Manuals
Date:
[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.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
NARA, unknown, 1994, 1994-0058, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
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
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Airplanes -- Design and construction  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Microfilms
Manuals
Identifier:
NASM.1994.0058
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1994-0058

Monnett Experimental Aircraft, Inc. (MONI) Collection

Creator:
Monnett Experimental Aircraft Inc  Search this
Names:
Monnett Experimental Aircraft Inc  Search this
Monnett, John  Search this
Extent:
0.25 Cubic feet ((1 flatbox))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Receipts
Newsletters
Articles
Manuals
Drawings
Date:
1981
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the following: drawings; service bulletins; Installation Operation and Maintenance Manual for the Moni engine, 'KIM 107'; issues of the MONI Newsletters, 1988 - 1991, the Moni: The Newsletter of Monnett Experimental Aircraft, Inc.; HAPI Times: Newsletter for Sonerai, Monerai and Moni Builders; Monitor: Moni Technical and Operations Review 1989-1991; INAV Ltd. Ink 1985-1986; articles; packing lists, receipts, and news releases, and instruction manual.
Biographical / Historical:
The Moni was an Air Recreational Vehicle (ARV) which was a pure motor glider. Created by John Monnett, the Moni filled a gap between the pure sail plane and the next generation of powered hang gliders.
General:
A Monnett Moni is included in the National Air and Space Museum's collections.
NASMrev
Provenance:
Harold C. Weston, gift, 1992, 1992-0059, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautical sports  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Gliding and soaring  Search this
Monnett Moni (homebuilt)  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Receipts
Newsletters
Articles
Manuals
Drawings
Identifier:
NASM.1992.0059
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1992-0059

Rotorway Scorpion Too Collection

Creator:
Rotorway Aircraft, Inc (Rotorway International)  Search this
Names:
Rotorway Aircraft, Inc (Rotorway International)  Search this
Extent:
0.45 Cubic feet ((1 legal document box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Biographies
Catalogs
Notes
Manuals
Drawings
Audiotapes
Date:
[ca. 1970s]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the documentation Rotorway Scorpion Too helicopter kit purchased by Dr. Harold C. Theurer in the early 1970s and built by him as N18849. The material consists of blueprints, weight and balance requirements, Federal Aviation Administration forms, rotor adjustment procedures, Theurer's handwritten notes, a price list, parts catalogs, service manuals, assembly instructions, "Owner's Indoctrination Course" cassette tape and slide training materials, and other technical information. The collection also includes a brief biographical sketch of Theurer, written by a local newspaper.
Biographical / Historical:
Rotorway. Inc. was formed in 1968 to market the Scorpion, a single-seat home built helicopter. In the early-1970s Rotorway offered an unguarded version , the Scorpion Too, which featured side-by-side seating for two. The company offered the vehicle in kit form, including parts, power plant, drawings, and technical documentation. The Scorpion Too was later redesigned Scorpion 133 and offered in both turbocharged and standard versions.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Harold C. Theurer, Gift, 1988, 1988-0033, Rotorway, Inc
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Rotorway RW 133 Scorpion Helicopter  Search this
Helicopters, Home-built  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Helicopters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Biographies
Catalogs
Notes
Manuals
Drawings
Audiotapes
Identifier:
NASM.1988.0033
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1988-0033

Seaboard & Western Airlines Collection [Hill]

Creator:
Hill, David O.  Search this
Names:
Canadair  Search this
Federal Express Corporation  Search this
Flying Tiger Line  Search this
International Air Transport Association  Search this
John F. Kennedy International Airport  Search this
Seaboard & Western Airlines  Search this
United States. Air Force. Military Air Transport Service  Search this
Jackson, Richard M.  Search this
Norden, Arthur  Search this
Norden, Raymond  Search this
Extent:
1.09 Cubic feet ((1 record center box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuals
Memoranda
Annual reports
Newsletters
Date:
undated
Summary:
This collection consists of the complete set of Seaboard & Western Airlines annual reports, from 1947-1979, as well as the following two Seaboard & Western technical manuals: Canadair CL-44 Operating Manual and a Lockheed Model 1049 Super Constellation Flight Manual. In the Lockheed 1049 manual, there is also a Lockheed 1049 exam (completed by Lawrence Nelson), a memo, and two issues of "Canadair Service News", one from October 1960 and one from September/October 1961.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the complete set of Seaboard & Western Airlines annual reports, from 1947-1979, as well as the following two Seaboard & Western technical manuals: Canadair CL-44 Operating Manual and a Lockheed Model 1049 Super Constellation Flight Manual. In the Lockheed 1049 manual, there is also a Lockheed 1049 exam (completed by Lawrence Nelson), a memo, and two issues of Canadair Service News, one from October 1960 and one from September/October 1961.
Arrangement:
The Seaboard & Western Airlines Collection is arranged by content type.
Biographical / Historical:
Seaboard & Western Airlines was founded by Arthur and Raymond Norden. These brothers were both World War II veterans of the Army's Air Transport Command. Over a 33 year period the airline these men helped create established itself as the preeminent carrier of cargo on the world's richest trade routes. This airline was the first to fly an all-cargo flight across the Atlantic, the first to land and takeoff at Idlewild (now John F. Kennedy) Airport, the first to fly support for the Berlin Airlift, the first to fly a Military Air Transport Service (MATS) charter, the first to support Pacific Airlift for the Korean Conflict (with a planeload of Air Force fighter pilots), the first to order and operate the Lockheed 1049D Super Constellation, the first to order and operate the Douglas DC-8-55, the first to order and operate the DC-8-63 CF, the first to order and operate the Boeing 747F (first 747 built as a freighter from the beginning of its production), the first all-cargo airline to join the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the first airline in the world to equip its entire fleet with Inertial Navigation Systems. On April 4th, 1961 the company's name changed to Seaboard World Airlines after Richard M. Jackson was brought in as the new Chairman and President. On October 1, 1980 Seaboard World Airlines was absorbed by The Flying Tiger Line, Inc., and on December 16, 1988 The Flying Tiger Line, Inc., was absorbed by the Federal Express Corporation.
Provenance:
David O. Hill, Gift, 2002
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airlines  Search this
Cargo  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Airlift, Military  Search this
Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Aerial operations  Search this
Berlin (Germany) -- History -- Blockade, 1948-1949  Search this
Inertial navigation  Search this
Lockheed Model 1049D Super Constellation  Search this
Douglas DC-8-55  Search this
Douglas DC-8-63 (Super DC-8)  Search this
Canadair CL-44 (CC-106 Yukon)  Search this
Boeing 747 Family  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuals
Memoranda
Annual reports -- 20th century
Newsletters
Citation:
Seaboard & Western Airlines Collection [Hill], Accession 2002-0041, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2002.0041
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2002-0041

Lester D. Seymour Collection

Creator:
Seymour, Lester D., 1892-  Search this
Names:
American Airlines  Search this
National Air Transport  Search this
United Air Lines, Inc.  Search this
Seymour, Lester D., 1892-  Search this
Extent:
1.13 Cubic feet ((1 slim legal document box) (2 legal document boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuals
Reports
Newsletters
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
1928-1934
Summary:
Major Lester D. Seymour (1892-1976) was involved in both the military and commercial sides of aviation. After service in World War I, Seymour served as Chief Engineer of National Air Transport, and later become NAT's Vice President and General Manager. From 1933-1934 Seymour was appointed President of American Airlines. The collection includes airline newsletters, annual reports, photographs, and manuals.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the following: copies of the National Air Transport Inc. (NAT) newsletter, "NAT Flypaper", 1928 - 1933; "Survey of Projected Airmail Routes" 1926; annual reports for both NAT and American Airways (later American Airlines); NAT photographs; NAT Regulations; "A Study of Transportation by Airway as related to Competition with Rail Carriers in Continental United States", 1932; NAT Bulletin Board; and the American Airlines Procedures Manual for 1934. In June of 1999, six films were found in the Film Archives that were part of this donation. The films, evidently taken by Seymour during his airline travels, have the following titles: West (Part 1 and 2); Phoenix to Los Angles; Flying Across America with United Airlines in 28 Hours; Memphis to Phoenix; and American Airways: Chicago - New York.

Note: The digital images in this finding aid were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product and may show irregular cropping and orientation in addition to color variations resulting from damage to and deterioration of the original objects.
Arrangement:
The Lester D. Seymour Collection is arranged by content type.
Biographical / Historical:
Major Lester D. Seymour (1892-1976) was involved in both the military and commercial sides of aviation. Seymour rose to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, Aero Engineer-Officer, 85th Aero Squadron during World War I. After the war, he became involved in the Civilian Aero Engineer US Air Service and in the Air Corps Reserve. In 1926, Seymour became involved with the commercial airlines industry. He started as the Chief Engineer at National Air Transport, and later become NAT's Vice President and General Manager. He was also briefly the Vice President of United Air Lines after their 1933 takeover of NAT. From 1933-1934 Seymour was appointed President of American Airlines.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Lester D. Seymour, Gift, unknown, XXXX-0455.
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial -- Passenger traffic  Search this
Air travel  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airlines  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuals
Reports
Newsletters
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Lester D. Seymour Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0455, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0455
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Lester D. Seymour Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0455
Online Media:

Myron "Dan" Beard Collection

Creator:
Beard, Myron Gould "Dan"  Search this
Names:
American Airlines  Search this
Fairchild Aircraft Corp  Search this
Extent:
17.44 Cubic feet ((16 record center boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Reports
Manuals
Notebooks
Photographs
Date:
bulk 1930s-1960s
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately 15 linear feet of material relating to the aviation career of Dan Beard. This material includes the following types of archival material: correspondence, corporate reports, publications, equipment manuals, notebooks, booklets, and photographs. Besides the technical engineering material, there are also reports on airport planning, bomb detection on passengers airplanes, and cloud seeding in the southwest.
Biographical / Historical:
Myron Gould "Dan" Beard (1896-1974) was born in Foochow, China, the son of American missionaries. Beard learned to fly at Kelly Field in 1918, and then went to the University of Michigan where he received an engineering degree in 1925. Beard was a diesel engineer for Ingersoll Rand Company for 1925-1927, before joining Fairchild Caminez Engine Company (later Fairchild Aviation Corporation) from 1927 until 1930, first as an Installation Engineer and then as a test pilot. In 1930, Beard joined American Airways (predecessor of American Airlines) and rose to the rank of chief test pilot, before his retirement from the airline in 1964. Beard accumulated over 6200 hours in all types of airplanes, most of them in engineering and experimental testing. Beard played a key role in the development of the Douglas DC-3, DC-4, DC-6 and DC-7 as test and acceptance pilot for American Airlines. During World War II, he served as Chief Military Engineering Pilot of American Airlines' Military Operations Department and he worked with teams surveying the North Atlantic routes. In 1943, Beard took a leave of absence from American Airlines to go to Brazil as a member of the Defense Supply Corporation mission, which had the mission to Americanize the Brazilian airlines which previously had been part of the German aerial network of South America.
Provenance:
Mona Beard, Gift, 2004
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Test pilots -- United States  Search this
Douglas DC-3 Family  Search this
Douglas DC-4  Search this
Douglas DC-6  Search this
Douglas DC-7  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Reports
Manuals
Notebooks
Photographs
Citation:
Myron "Dan" Beard Collection, Accession 2004-0048, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2004.0048
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2004-0048

Link Aviation, Inc. Collection

Creator:
Link Aviation, Inc.  Search this
Names:
Link Aviation, Inc.  Search this
Link, Edwin A. (Edwin Albert), 1904-1981  Search this
Extent:
9.81 Cubic feet ((9 records center boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuals
Reports
Photographs
Publications
Business records
Date:
[ca. 1930s-1970s]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of mostly technical manuals and reports relating to Link Trainer models, circa 1933-1976. Also includes as part of the collection is a microfilm copy of the early Link business records, with corresponding database. Three folders of photographs regarding Link Aviation, Inc., were transferred later and added to this collection on 02/18/99.
Biographical / Historical:
Link Aviation, Inc., was a pioneer company in the field of synthetic flight training. Started by Edwin Link during the 1930s, Link Aviation, Inc., helped train over 500,000 military airman during World War II via their 'blue box trainers.' After the war, Link grew to be the largest manufacturer of electronic weapon-systems trainers and flight and space-mission simulators. During the company's existence, Link manufactured the following types of training systems: visual display systems; commercial aircraft simulators; military aircraft simulators, including the first jet trainer and the first jet bomber trainer; general aviation simulators; and space mission simulators. Link was sold in 1995 to General Motors' Hughes Electronics Corp., Hughes Training Inc.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Hughes Training, Inc., gift, 1996, 1997-0002, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Flight training  Search this
Link trainers  Search this
Flight simulators  Search this
Flight simulator industry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuals
Reports
Photographs
Publications
Business records
Identifier:
NASM.1997.0002
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1997-0002

United States Space Program Collection

Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Space Science and Exploration Department  Search this
Names:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Space Science and Exploration Department  Search this
Project Apollo (U.S.)  Search this
Project Gemini (U.S.)  Search this
Project Mercury (U.S.)  Search this
Project Surveyor (U.S.)  Search this
Skylab Program  Search this
Extent:
13.08 Cubic feet ((12 records center boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuals
Press releases
Publications
Photographs
Place:
Outer space -- Exploration
Date:
1950-1974
bulk 1959-1974
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of material gathered by the Space Science and Exploration Department, National Air and Space Museum, relating to the United States space program through the Skylab missions. The material consists of photos and reference material covering a wide variety of subjects, including space suits, food, lifting bodies, and other support and auxiliary functions, as well as material directly relating to the missions. The bulk of the material consists of photos and NASA press materials.
Biographical / Historical:
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was inaugurated on 1 October 1958 with the intent of conducting a manned space program. NASA took over the rocketry and propulsion work previously performed by the United States Air Force, Navy, and National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Unmanned launches began during the International Geophysical Year (1957-58) under Air Force auspices and have continued to the present with a wide variety of payloads, including space science, weather, communications, and earth observation satellites. The manned program progressed through Projects Mercury (1959-63; launches 1961-63), Gemini (1962-67; launches 1965-66), Apollo (1960-72; launches 1968-72), and Skylab (1969-74; launches 1973-74). The manned program was supported by a number of unmanned exploration vehicles in the Ranger, Lunar Orbiter, and Surveyor series throughout the 1960s, as well as research into a number of related areas.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
NASA SS&E, Transfer, 1983, XXXX-0154, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Space vehicles -- Propulsion systems  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Rocketry  Search this
Space suits  Search this
Space Shuttle Orbiter  Search this
Space flight  Search this
Manned space flight  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuals
Press releases
Publications
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0154
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0154

Aviation Technical Manuals Collection

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Names:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Extent:
1,765.61 Cubic feet (1375 records center boxes; 1 flat box; 2 microfiche boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuals
Date:
1912-1987
bulk 1930-1945
Summary:
The Aviation Technical Manuals Collection contains over 40,000 original aviation technical manuals for aircraft, engines, aircraft components, and ground equipment.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains over 40,000 original aviation technical manuals for aircraft, engines, aircraft components, and ground equipment. The bulk of the material consists of military technical manuals (United States Air Force and Navy) with some civil aviation manuals as well. The bulk of the manuals relate to American-built equipment, although some foreign types are included. Whenever feasible, revisions are maintained separate from the basic manual.
Biographical / Historical:
Manufacturers and operators of aircraft and equipment produce large numbers of manuals for their air and ground crews. These manuals generally cover all phases of operation, from assembling the newly-purchased aircraft, operation and maintenance of the equipment, to storage of the equipment. Manuals are updated (revised) as new procedures are developed or modifications are made to existing models. New subtypes generally receive new manuals, although subtypes with the same procedures are generally grouped into the same manual, with new models being added in revisions.
Provenance:
No donor information, temporary deposit, varies, XXXX-0429, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Aeronautical instruments  Search this
Airplanes -- Motors  Search this
Airplanes -- Design and construction  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuals
Citation:
Aviation Technical Manuals Collection, NASM Acc. XXXX.0429, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0429
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0429
Online Media:

Nike-Ajax Antiaircraft Missile System Technical Manuals

Names:
Bell Telephone Laboratories  Search this
Douglas Aircraft Corp  Search this
Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company  Search this
Extent:
1.09 Cubic feet ((1 records center box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuals
Date:
1957-1959
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of technical manuals for the Nike-Ajax missile system. Most of the manuals cover the electronic, electrical, and guidance equipment for system testing and operation.
Biographical / Historical:
The Nike series missiles were surface-to-air missiles for point defense against aircraft and ballistic missiles. Development of the Nike-Ajax (SAM-A-7) began in 1945 at Bell Laboratories. The first Nike-Ajax site became operational in December 1953 and initial plans called for installations at forty major cities in the continental United States, as well as at U.S. installations in foreign countries. As deployed the Nike-Ajax consisted of a Douglas-built airframe and a Bell (Aerojet-General) powerplant guide by a Westinghouse radar guidance system. It was superseded by the more powerful Nike-Hercules (SAM-A-25) and Nike-Zeus and was phased out of the U.S. inventory by 1965.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
No donor information, gift, unknown, XXXX-0207, unknown
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Nike rocket  Search this
Antiaircraft missiles  Search this
Surface-to-air missiles  Search this
Air defenses -- United States  Search this
Air defenses  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuals
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0207
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0207

Rutan Model 33 Vari-Eze Collection

Creator:
Eggleston, James O.  Search this
Names:
Rutan Aircraft Factory (RAF)  Search this
Rutan, Burt  Search this
Extent:
1.09 Cubic feet ((1 records center box) (1 flatbox))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuals
Catalogs
Newsletters
Publications
Date:
1976-1988
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of manufacturing manuals, catalogs, and newsletters relating to the Rutan Model 33 Vari-Eze. The collection was donated with an original, unbuilt, Vari-Eze aircraft kit.
Biographical / Historical:
The Vari-Eze was designed by Burt Rutan/Rutan Aircraft Factory (RAF) in 1974. Two prototypes of the Vari-Eze, Model 31, led to production of the Vari-Eze Model 33, which was offered in kit form to amateur/home aircraft builders. Rutan built the Vari-Eze to prove that the canard configuration could be more efficient than conventional designs. The Vari-Eze was awarded the 'outstanding new design,' and also set a world's distance record. The aircraft seats two adults, suitcases and fuel for up to a 800 mile range. The design allows it to be parked in a small space as both the wings and canard are removable and the nose landing gear retracts into the fuselage for easy storage.
General:
Additional materials: Original, unbuilt Vari-Eze aircraft kit
NASMrev
Provenance:
james O. Eggleston, Gift, 1989, 1990-0007, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Rutan Model 33 Vari-Eze  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes, Home-built  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuals
Catalogs
Newsletters
Publications
Identifier:
NASM.1990.0007
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1990-0007

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