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Isidor B. Laskowitz Collection

Creator:
Laskowitz, Isidor B.  Search this
Extent:
0.68 Cubic feet ((2 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Patents
Drawings
Correspondence
Maps
Photographs
Date:
bulk 1932-1982
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains numerous drawings by Isidor B. Laskowitz; patents obtained by Laskowitz; photographs relating to Laskowitz's design and testing work; and many articles and publications by Laskowitz. There is also correspondence relating to a lawsuit between Laskowitz and the United States. Also in this collection are three maps. One is a route map showing the way from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Salt Lake City, Utah, including a listing of landmarks. The second is a U.S. Navy Aviation Chart showing the route from Hampton, Virginia to Morehead City, North Carolina. The third route map details the way between York County, Pennsylvania and Niagara County, New York. This map includes handwritten notations.
Biographical / Historical:
Isidor B. Laskowitz was an engineer and designer who was a pioneer in the field of helicopters and vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. In 1925, he founded the Laskowitz Helicopter Company, Inc. Laskowitz held numerous patents for helicopter and VTOL components and wrote numerous articles and other publications in this area. Laskowitz was a member and fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and, in 1962, established the I. B. Laskowitz Gold Medal Award for Research in Aerospace Engineering Sciences.
Provenance:
Isidor B. Laskowitz, Gift, 1982
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
Helicopters  Search this
Vertically rising aircraft  Search this
Genre/Form:
Patents
Drawings
Correspondence
Maps
Photographs
Citation:
Isidor B. Laskowitz Collection, Accession XXXX-1118, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.1118
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-1118

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

Maitland B. Bleecker Collection

Creator:
Bleecker, Maitland B., 1903-  Search this
Names:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Bleecker, Maitland B., 1903-  Search this
Extent:
0.65 Cubic feet ((1 legal document box) (1 oversized scrapbook))
0.42 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Date:
1926-1937
Scope and Contents:
This collection includes a scrapbook of newspaper clippings on the helicopter, before the trials; drawings of the helicopter; and prints of paintings of pioneering flights. It also includes reports written by Bleecker, "A Proposal for the Construction of an Experimental Helicopter" (1926); "A Study of Assisted Take-off" (1937); three mimeographed pamphlets detailing engine operations under the pseudonym "Si Klohn;" photographs of model helicopters used in wind tunnel tests; and 100 photographs of the Curtiss-Bleecker Helicopter.
Biographical / Historical:
Maitland B. Bleecker (b. 1903), inventor for Curtiss-Wright, developed the Curtiss-Bleecker Helicopter for which trials were held in 1930.
Provenance:
Maitland B. Bleecker, gift, 1991, 1991-0029
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
Curtiss Bleecker Helicopter  Search this
Helicopters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
NASM.1991.0029
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1991-0029

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

Helicopter Aerial Refueling Test Photographs and Reports [Eastman]

Creator:
Eastman, William Donald "Don", Jr.  Search this
Names:
United States. Air Force  Search this
Extent:
0.39 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Newspaper clippings
Date:
Circa 1960s to 2003
Summary:
William Donald "Don" Eastman, Jr. (b. 1932) was the first pilot to demonstrate the feasibility of air-to-air refueling of helicopters as well as the first to actually perform aerial refueling of a helicopter during his time as a pilot with the United States Air Force. This collection consists of approximately 0.39 cubic feet of material relating to Lieutenant Colonel William Donald "Don" Eastman Jr.'s career as Test Director and Project Pilot for helicopter aerial refueling tests with the United States Air Force including photographs, news clippings, and publications.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately 0.39 cubic feet of material relating to Lieutenant Colonel William Donald "Don" Eastman Jr.'s career as Test Director and Project Pilot for helicopter aerial refueling tests with the United States Air Force. There is a folder of photographs and news clippings regarding aerial refueling and other flight tests. The photographs are 8 by 10 inch prints and are a mixture of black and white and color photography. Many have been captioned by Eastman. Aircraft pictured in this folder include the Lockheed KC-130 Hercules; Sikorsky (S-61R) CH-3C Jolly Green Giant; Lockheed HC-130P (MC-130P) Combat Shadow; Sikorsky (S-61R) HH-3E Jolly Green Giant; and the Sikorsky (S-65A) HH-53B Super Jolly. There is also a folder of photographs entitled, "Helicopter History" which shows a variety of aircraft models including the Kellett XR-3 Autogiro; McCulloch MC-4; Sikorsky (VS-316B) XR-6A; Seibel YH-24 Sky Hawk; Kellett XR-10 (XH-10); Kellett XR-8; Sikorsky (VS-316A, S-48) R-4B (H-4B); Rotor-Craft XR-11 Dragonfly; Piasecki H-25A Army Mule; Hiller YH-32 (Hiller HJ-1) Hornet; McDonnell XV-1 Convertiplane (XL-25, XH-35); Sikorsky (S-52-2) YH-18A; American Helicopter XH-26 Jet Jeep; Kaman HH-43B (H-43B) Huskie; Sikorsky (VS-317, S-51) XR-5; Piasecki YH-16 Transporter; Hughes XH-17 Flying Crane; Sikorsky (S-55) YH-19 Chickasaw; Cessna (CH-1B) YH-41 Seneca; Bell XUH-1 (XH-40) Iroquois (Huey); McDonnell XH-20 Little Henry; Hughes TH-55A; Bell XV-3; Hiller X-18 Propelloplane (model); Bell T/UH-1F (H-48) Iroquois (Huey); Sikorsky (S-65A) YCH-53A Sea Stallion; Bell XH-15; Sikorsky VS-300, 1st Configuration; Fokker T-2 (F.IV); Doman YH-31 (LZ-5); Platt-Lepage XR-1; Bell 47; Hiller H-23 Raven; Bell XH-12 (XR-12); Piasecki H-21 Workhorse; Sikorsky (S-58) H-34A (CH-34A) Choctaw; and the Sikorsky (S-56) H-37A (CH-37A) Mojave. This folder also includes aerial photographs of McCook Field and Wright Field and an image of the Sikorsky VS-300 Rotor Test Stand. Also in the collection are three flight test reports, authored by Eastman. They are entitled, "CH-3C Helicopter Aerial Retrieval System" (Test date June 9, 1965); "Aerial Refueling Tests on the HH-3E and HC-130P" (Test date April 29, 1966); and "HH-53B Aerial Refueling Flight Test" (Test date March 2, 1967). The collection also includes a copy of Eastman's master's thesis paper, entitled, "Helicopter Power Reduction in an Aerial Refueling Mode of Flight" (1969); a copy of the June 2003 issue of National Aviation Hall of Fame's Heroes & Legends magazine which features a profile on Eastman; and a copy of a certificate of nomination for Eastman as a candidate for enshrinement in the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged by type of material.
Biographical / Historical:
William Donald "Don" Eastman, Jr. (b. 1932) was the first pilot to demonstrate the feasibility of air-to-air refueling of helicopters as well as the first to actually perform aerial refueling of a helicopter during his time as a pilot with the United States Air Force. Eastman served as Test Director and Project Pilot for all helicopter aerial refueling tests and the first practicability demonstrations, using the probe and drogue system, were conducted on December 15, 1965. The first successful transfer of fuel using this system occurred on December 14, 1966. For this work, Eastman received the US Air Force Systems Command Primus Award. Eastman was also a combat pilot in Vietnam, flying 77 missions and performing 13 aircrew rescues, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross for his contributions. Eastman served as the project test pilot for numerous programs and was also involved in acquisition of various aircraft and equipment for the Air Force. Upon his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1973, Eastman had flown over 8000 hours and qualified in 52 different aircraft, including 23 helicopters. After retiring from the military, Eastman entered the Civil Service as an engineer manager and supervisor until retiring in 1995.
Provenance:
Lt. Col. William Donald "Don" Eastman, Jr., Gift, 2015, NASM.2015.0032
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
Helicopters  Search this
Helicopters -- Flight testing  Search this
Helicopters--Refueling  Search this
Sikorsky (S-61R) CH-3C Jolly Green Giant  Search this
Sikorsky (S-65A) HH-53B Super Jolly  Search this
Lockheed KC-130 Hercules Family  Search this
Lockheed HC-130P (MC-130P) Combat Shadow  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Newspaper clippings
Citation:
Helicopter Aerial Refueling Test Photographs and Reports [Eastman], NASM.2015.0032, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2015.0032
See more items in:
Helicopter Aerial Refueling Test Photographs and Reports [Eastman]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2015-0032
Online Media:

Vietnam Color Slides and Technical Manuals

Creator:
Murphy, Kevin.  Search this
Extent:
1.32 Cubic feet ((2 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Color slides
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
bulk 1970-1990
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of three carousels of slides relating to Kevin Murphy's service in Vietnam, as well as technical manuals and documentation for the following aircraft: deHavilland (Canada) (DHC-4) AC-1A (CV-2A, C-7A); Shorts C-23A Sherpa; and Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey). There is also one 8mm film, titled "U-TAPAO RTNB-1972 (ARC Light)," [Boeing B-52 Stratofortress out of Thailand].
Biographical / Historical:
Kevin Murphy (b. 1945) was a strategic bomber pilot with the 34th Bomb Squadron (SAC) during the Vietnam Conflict
Provenance:
Kevin Murphy, gift, 2009
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:
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Bell UH-1B (HU-1B) Iroquois (Huey)  Search this
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Family (Model 464)  Search this
de Havilland (Canada) (DHC-4) AC-1A (CV-2A, C-7A)  Search this
Shorts C-23A Sherpa  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Vietnam Color Slides and Technical Manuals, Accession 2009-0030, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2009.0030
See more items in:
Vietnam Color Slides and Technical Manuals
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2009-0030
Online Media:

North American Rockwell (Harrison Storms) Film Collection

Creator:
Storms, Harrison A., Jr., 1915-1992  Search this
Names:
North American Aviation, Inc.  Search this
North American Rockwell Corp  Search this
Project Apollo (U.S.)  Search this
Rockwell International  Search this
Storms, Harrison A., Jr., 1915-1992  Search this
Extent:
3 Cubic feet ((25 film cans))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
[ca. 1950s-1980s]
bulk [ca. 1960s]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of fifty-three films made by North American Rockwell during Storms' association with the corporation. This collection also consists of a folder of biographical information on Storms and 213 slides, which include the following topics: Apollo projects; Soviet spacecraft at an unknown Soviet museum; and images of the Bell 47G helicopter.
Biographical / Historical:
Harrison A. Storms, Jr., (1915-1992) helped design Apollo spacecraft and many other aerospace vehicles. A former executive of Rockwell International and its predecessor company, North American Aviation, Storms made contributions to over 40 aircraft and space vehicles. Storms received his bachelor and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University, and an aeronautical engineering degree from the California Institute of Technology. Storms was then employed as an aeronautical researcher at North American Aviation in 1941 and during World War II contributed to the advancement of jet propulsion technology. After World War II, Storms served as Chief Engineer of the X-15 program, and also helped design the F-51 Mustang, F-86 Sabre Jet, F-100 Super Sabre and the XB-70. Storms went on to become the President of North American's Space and Information Systems Division which won contracts for both the Saturn second stage launch vehicle and the Apollo command and service modules for the successful lunar landing program. Storms was the recipient of many honors and awards and a member of several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Phyllis Storms, gift, 1999, 1999-0021, North American Rockwell?
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:
North American P-51 Mustang Family  Search this
North American X-15  Search this
North American F-86 Sabre Family  Search this
North American F-100 Super Sabre (Sabre 45) Family  Search this
Bell 47G (helicopter)  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aircraft industry -- United States  Search this
Aircraft industry  Search this
North American XB-70A (RS-70) Valkyrie  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Identifier:
NASM.1999.0021
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1999-0021

Mercury MR-3 Flight Freedom 7 Recovery Photographs

Creator:
United States. Navy  Search this
Names:
Shepard, Alan B. (Alan Bartlett), 1923-1998  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Correspondence
Date:
1961
Summary:
This collection consists of twenty-one U.S. Navy photographs compiled for the press kit prepared for the Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) mission as well as a teletype news article about the recovery.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of twenty-one U. S. Navy photographs compiled for the press kit prepared for the Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) mission. The photographs show the recovery mission as well as Alan B. Shepard, Jr. during debriefing. There is also a photograph showing the press corps that was selected to be aboard the USS Lake Champlain (CV-39), which is signed on the reverse by many of the reporters. The photographs are all black and white and measure 8 by 10 inches each. The collection also contains a teletype news story filed by the United Press International (UPI) aboard the ship, and a color post card showing the recovery of Freedom 7 by helicopter.
Arrangement:
This collection is in original order.
Biographical / Historical:
On May 5, 1961, Alan B. Shepard, Jr. became the first American in space in the Mercury MR-3 capsule. He named it Freedom 7, the number signifying the seven Mercury astronauts; NASA called the mission Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3). Lofted by a Redstone rocket, Shepard and his capsule attained a maximum speed of 5180 mph and rose to an altitude of 116 miles. The sub-orbital flight lasted 15 minutes and 22 seconds. Freedom 7 parachuted into the sea 302 miles from the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and was retrieved by helicopter, along with Shepard, and both were taken aboard the recovery ship, the USS Lake Champlain (CV-39). Lieutenant (junior grade) Robert J. Jaczko, Sr. was the Public Information Officer for the ship at the time of Shepard's historic flight and was responsible for the press corps aboard for the event.
Provenance:
Robert J. Jaczko, Sr., Gift, 2018, NASM.2018.0024
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:
Astronautics  Search this
Mercury MR-3 Flight Freedom 7  Search this
Aircraft carriers  Search this
Helicopters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Correspondence
Citation:
Mercury MR-3 Flight Freedom 7 Recovery Photographs, NASM.2018.0024, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2018.0024
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2018-0024
Online Media:

Herbert J. Nash Aircraft Photograph Collection

Creator:
Nash, Herbert J.  Search this
Names:
Nash, Herbert J.  Search this
Extent:
0.77 Cubic feet ((2 legal document boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1949-1969
Scope and Contents:
This collection includes photographs of the following aircraft: Aero Spacelines, Inc. Guppies; Bell P-39 Airacobra, P-59 Airacomet, P-63 Kingcobra, and YFM-1 Airacuda; Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, C-97 Stratofreighter, and Model 377 Stratocruiser. This collection also includes images of various Naval Aircraft Factory airplanes. The locations of these images are predominantly in the United States or in Great Britain.
Biographical / Historical:
Herbert J. Nash appears to have been an airplane photograph collector and enthusiast. This collection consists of 1056 images collected from a variety of sources, mostly private, with a few organization and company sources as well. A few of the photographs may have been taken by Nash himself. The collection is mostly black and white photographs, but there are also some color shots. Approximately 95 percent of the images in this collection are less than 4 x 5 inches in size.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Herbert J. Nash or Peggy Nash Tondu, gift?, unknown, XXXX-0616, Not 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:
Aero Spacelines Guppy Family  Search this
Bell P-39 Airacobra Family  Search this
Bell P-59 Airacomet Series  Search this
Bell P-63 Kingcobra Family  Search this
Bell YFM-1 Airacuda  Search this
Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter Family (Model 367)  Search this
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Family (Model 464)  Search this
Boeing Model 377 Stratocruiser Family  Search this
Naval Aircraft Factory Aircraft Family  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0616
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0616

Helicopter Certificate

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1944-09-04
Scope and Contents:
A Helicopter license issued to Coffyn by the National Aeronautic Association of the United States of America Inc. It includes a photo of Coffyn.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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, civil  Search this
Helicopters  Search this
Licenses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Pilots' Licenses Collection, NASM.XXXX.0650, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Pilots' Licenses Collection
Pilots' Licenses Collection / Frank T. Coffyn
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0650-ref9

Rudy Arnold Photo Collection

Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Names:
New York Graphic  Search this
New York Journal-American  Search this
New York School of Photography  Search this
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Extent:
10.91 Cubic feet (9,579 photographic items)
25.37 Linear feet (38 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1920s-1950s
bulk 1920-1940
Summary:
Rudy Arnold (1902-1966) was introduced to photography in 1918. After studying at the New York School of Photography, he worked at the New York Journal-American and the New York Graphic. During his stint at the latter he started to focus on aviation photography. In 1928, Arnold started his own aviation photography business and worked out of the following New York air fields and airports during his career: Roosevelt Field, the old Curtiss Airport, Floyd Bennett Field, and LaGuardia Airport His coverage of a wrecked airliner in upstate New York was the first photograph sent by wire to newspapers across the country. Arnold's work appeared in every aviation magazine, house organs (Douglas, Grumman), and mass circulation magazines as well as many newspapers. He also did motion-picture camera work for Universal and Paramount.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of Rudy Arnold's collection of negatives, glass plates and color transparencies, spanning his career as an aviation photographer. The following subjects are included in this collection: civilian and military aircraft; experimental aircraft; seaplanes; airliners; aerial images; helicopters; aviation events and personalities.
Arrangement:
The Rudy Arnold Photo Collection consists of 25.37 linear feet (10.91 cubic feet) of original photographic material. It contains 9,579 original photographic items: Series I contains 5,303 black and white negatives, Series II contains 3,058 color transparencies, Series III contains 447 black and white glass plate negatives and Series IV contains 769 120 mm format negatives and two 8 x 10 inch color transparencies. Each series is organized alphabetically starting with the aircraft company name and designation followed by personalities and various other subjects. The last item is a 3-ring binder with 369 35mm copy slides of a variety of Arnold's images. While these copy slides are part this collection, they are not counted in the total number of items because they are copies of the Arnold originals.
Biographical / Historical:
Rudy Arnold (1902-1966) was a commercial aviation photographer. He began his career by studying at the New York School of Photography in New York City, New York. Arnold worked for both The New York Journal-American and The New York Graphic as a photographer. By 1928 he had developed an interest in aviation photography and started his photography business. He primarily worked out of Floyd Bennett Field, Roosevelt Field and LaGuardia Airport in New York for aviation magazines and newspapers and aviation industry house organs. Arnold photographed both civil and military aircraft, including airplanes, airships, and helicopters. While Arnold took images on the ground, he used air-to-air photography extensively. Rudy Arnold's photography was and still is considered to be artistic as well as a great documentary source. His photography was widely published during his career and still is today. Rudy Arnold's aviation photography career is documented in the book Images of Flight: The Aviation Photography of Rudy Arnold by E.T. Woodridge (Smithsonian Institution, 1986).

The bulk of the images were taken between circa 1920 through 1940 on Long Island, New York. The majority of these images are of American aircraft. Some of the represented manufacturers are Grumman, Douglas, Lockheed and Curtiss. In addition, the collection contains images Arnold took of aviation personalities including Douglas Corrigan, Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post and Howard Hughes. There are also images of United States military personal, armaments and vehicles, Atlantic coastal defense, as well as aircraft models and civilian vehicles, among other topics.

The collection was held by the Arnold family for many years. It suffered water damage prior to being accessioned by the Archives Division. The damage is more noticeable in the color material where there are color variations. However, in most cases the aircraft in the image is not disfigured. This collection was housed in the Aeronautics Division of the National Air and Space Museum for several years before being transferred the Archives Division. Prior to the Archives Division rehousing the collection, the materials were in acidic paper envelopes and boxes. These envelopes had Arnold's original caption and negative number (when assigned). Most of the envelopes were intact but a few were missing or had been damaged by moisture. After capturing the information on these envelopes, the Archives Division has rehoused the collection and the individual items are now in Mylar enclosures in acid free envelopes and boxes.
Provenance:
Dagmar Arnold-Wahlforss, gift, 1980-1990
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics -- Exhibitions  Search this
Helicopters  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Research aircraft  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0356
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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New York Airways Collection

Creator:
Wheatland, Richard  Search this
Names:
Air Transport Association of America  Search this
American Helicopter Society  Search this
Civil Aeronautics Board  Search this
New York Airways  Search this
Pan American World Airways, Inc.  Search this
Extent:
7.63 Cubic feet ((7 records center boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Publications
Financial records
Photographs
Clippings
Reports
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Date:
1929-1971
bulk 1952-1969
Scope and Contents:
The collection includes a variety of material, probably collected by Richard Wheatland, reflecting the administration of New York Airways as well as its dealings with organizations such as the Air Transport Association, American Helicopter Society, Bell, Cierva, Eastern, Grand Central Building, IATA, Pan America Airways, Sikorsky, TWA and the federal government. In addition to administrative correspondence, memoranda, proposals and reports, there are a great deal of manuscripts and publications, souvenirs, clippings, and photographs.
Biographical / Historical:
New York Airways (NYA) began air mail service on October 15, 1952. As one of the three Helicopter Carriers (along with Los Angeles Airways and Helicopter Air Services of Chicago), it was characterized by its environment - operations within a metropolitan area; its revenue - exclusively mail; and its high dependence on subsidy, which amounted to between 2/3 and 3/4 of total revenues. In search of another source of revenue, NYA began passenger work shortly thereafter, using first the Sikorsky S-55 helicopter and later the Vertol 44B and the twin-turbine, twin-rotor Vertol 107. In 1958, after continuing criticism from the Civil Aeronautics Board on the subject of alleged excessive costs and increasing subsidy need, NYA was forced to suspend some services - and in 1961 Congress put a ceiling on subsidy payments to the three helicopter airlines. NYA's influential friends compensated for the lack of federal support by supplying helicopters for service from the Port of New York Authority and the top of the Pan Am Building. Eventually all subsidy was withdrawn and NYA avoided closure through its ties with interested sponsors Pan America Airways, United, TWA and American.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Richard Wheatland, gift, 1973, 1992, 1992-0052, 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:
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Helicopters  Search this
Helicopter transportation  Search this
Air mail service  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Publications
Financial records
Photographs
Clippings
Reports
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Identifier:
NASM.1992.0052
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1992-0052

United States Army Air Corps Newfoundland Films

Creator:
Meyer, John A.  Search this
Names:
United Service Organizations (U.S.)  Search this
United States. Army Air Forces  Search this
United States. Army Air Forces. North Atlantic Air Bases. Newfoundland, Canada  Search this
Meyer, John A.  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Cubic feet ((3 films) (1 tape))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
1942-1943
Scope and Contents:
John A. Meyer was an aerial photographer in the US Army Air Forces. He was stationed in Bangor, Maine and the North Atlantic Air Bases in Newfoundland, 1942-1943.
Biographical / Historical:
This collection consists of three films and corresponding videotape of footage shot by the donor at Bangor Maine and North Atlantic Air Bases in Newfoundland. The films include footage of base life, USO Shows, and the following aircraft: Douglas A-20, Boeing B-17, Douglas B-18, Consolidated B-24, Douglas C-54, Noorduyn C-64, Piper L-4, and Bell P-39. Most of the flying and aircraft scenes are in color, while the footage of the USO Show and troops at play are in black and white.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
John A. Meyer, Gift, unknown, 1991-0030, 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:
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American -- North Atlantic  Search this
Douglas A-20 Havoc Family  Search this
Douglas B-18 Family  Search this
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Family  Search this
Consolidated B-24 Family  Search this
Noorduyn Norseman Family  Search this
Piper L-4 Family  Search this
Douglas C-54 Skymaster Family  Search this
Bell P-39 Airacobra Family  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Identifier:
NASM.1991.0030
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1991-0030

Bell YMF-1 Airacuda

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 22, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Bell YFM-1 Airacuda  Search this
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 2: Color Transparencies / Aircraft: Groups of Aircraft to Convair XFY-1
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1223

Bell P-39 Airacobra

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 22, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Bell P-39 Airacobra Family  Search this
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 2: Color Transparencies / Aircraft: Groups of Aircraft to Convair XFY-1
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1225

Bell YFM-1 Airacuda

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 23
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Bell YFM-1 Airacuda  Search this
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 1: Black and White Negatives / Aircraft: Groups of Aircraft to Bellanca 28
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref583

Bell P-39 Airacobra

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 25
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Bell P-39 Airacobra Family  Search this
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 1: Black and White Negatives / Aircraft: Groups of Aircraft to Bellanca 28
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref585

Gemini and Apollo Crew Splashdown Recovery Color Slides [Don Blair]

Creator:
Blair, Donald W.  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Cubic feet (One box.)
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Date:
1966-1972
Summary:
This collection consists of color slides taken by Don Blair during his coverage of astronaut crew splashdowns and recoveries, 1960s.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 35 mm color slides taken by Don Blair during his coverage of astronaut crew splashdowns and recoveries for the following missions: Gemini 9, June 1966 with USS Wasp (CVS-18); Gemini 10, July 1966 with USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7); Gemini 11, September 1966 with USS Guam; (LPH-9); Apollo 11, July 1969 with the USS Hornet (CVS-12); and Apollo 15, August 1972 with the USS Okinawa (LPH-3). The collection also includes two 35 mm black and white negative strips from Apollo 15, a small contact sheet of 35 mm three negatives from Apollo 11, and a few 35 mm copy slides of official National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) photographs. A set of digital scans of most of the original slides was provided by the donor on a USB flash drive.
Arrangement:
Slides are arranged by space mission recovery event, with black and white negatives appearing at the end of the collection.
Biographical / Historical:
Donald W. Blair (1933-2018) served in the Army from 1953 to 1955, and then attended the Cambridge School of Radio and TV in Manhattan, New York. The first 10 years of his career were spent in local radio before he joined the Mutual Network and from 1966 until 1989 he worked at Mutual, WCBS Radio, ABC Entertainment and NBC. Blair covered astronaut splashdowns and recoveries for the following missions: Gemini 9, June 1966 with USS Wasp (CVS-18); Gemini 10, July 1966 with USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7); Gemini 11, September 1966 with USS Guam; (LPH-9); Apollo 11, July 1969 with the USS Hornet (CVS-12); and Apollo 15, August 1972 with the USS Okinawa (LPH-3). Blair detailed his experience in his book, Splashdown: NASA and the Navy, which was published in 2004.
Provenance:
Robert Fish, Gift, 2019, NASM.2019.0034
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:
Astronautics  Search this
Astronauts  Search this
Gemini Project  Search this
Apollo Project  Search this
Helicopters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides -- 1960-1990
Citation:
Gemini and Apollo Crew Splashdown Recovery Color Slides [Don Blair], NASM.2019.0034, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2019.0034
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Gemini and Apollo Crew Splashdown Recovery Color Slides [Don Blair]
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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William C. Hampton Collection

Creator:
Hampton, William C.  Search this
Names:
United States Antarctic Research Program  Search this
United States. Army  Search this
Extent:
0.25 Cubic feet ((1 box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Color slides
Photographs
Publications
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Antarctica
Taiwan
Date:
bulk 1959-1967
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of materials related to William Hampton's military career in Taiwan and Antarctica. From his time in Taiwan, there are eighteen black and white photographs related to disaster response operations with an attached letter, a roll of 8mm motion picture film labeled, "President Eisenhower, Cedar Rapids, Taiwan," the letter notifying Hampton of his assignment there, the certificate that accompanied Hampton's Army Aviation Badge from the Army, Republic of China, the certificate that accompanied Hampton's U.S. Army Commendation Medal, a Certificate of Achievement from the Military Assistance Advisory Group, copies of three letters of appreciation, and a clipping dated September 21, 1961 about Hampton's rescue missions from an unknown newspaper. From Hampton's work in Operation Deep Freeze, there are 56 color slides and 36 black and white photos depicting daily operations in Antarctica, two rolls of color 8mm motion picture film of snow sledding, a can of motion picture film entitled "Antarctica," a U.S. Navy booklet, "Welcome to Operation Deep Freeze," a large map showing the operating areas for Operation Deep Freeze in fiscal year 1965, a map showing National Science Foundation Antarctic Activities in 1965-1966, a reprint of The Geology and Geochronology of the Basement Complex of the Central Transantarctic Mountains by Gubter Faure, et al. (inscribed to Hampton by Faure), the September-October 1964 issue of the American Society of Polar Philatelists' newsletter Ice Cap News, two sets of Hampton's U.S. Army travel orders to a temporary change of duty to McMurdo, Antarctica, two copies of the February 1965 issue of Bulletin of the U.S. Antarctic Projects Officer and one copy of the March 1965 issue of the same publication, one copy each of the January and February 1966 issues of the VX-6 Newsletter generated at McMurdo Station, an Operation Deep Freeze Task Force 43 patch, a clipping from December 1965 from an unidentified newspaper about Operation Deep Freeze, and a letter from F. Alton Wade (Texas Technical College, Department of Geosciences) to Hampton thanking him for cooperation with his team and informing him that a geological feature will be named in Antarctica for each member of Hampton's detachment (Hampton's feature is Hampton Hill south of where Alton's team camped.) The last item in the collection is a letter from Howard F. Schiltz, Brigadier General, USA, Commanding, addressed to Hampton in San Francisco and dated April 6, 1967, thanking him for a tour of the Floating Aircraft Maintenance Facility.
Biographical / Historical:
William C. Hampton served in the U.S. Army, first as a captain and later as a major. From February 1960 until July 1962, Captain Hampton was assigned to the Army Section (Aviation Section), Military Assistance Advisory Group, in Taiwan, Republic of China. During this time, he flew missions responding to aircraft accidents and disaster relief missions including evacuation operations and brought food and medical supplies to typhoon survivors in a Piasecki H-21 Shawnee helicopter. Captain Hampton received the Army Aviation Badge from the Army, Republic of China, the United States Army Commendation Medal, and a Certificate of Achievement from the Military Assistance Advisory Group due to his meritorious service in Taiwan. In the mid 1960s, Hampton (by then a major) was assigned to Operation Deep Freeze at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Operation Deep Freeze was a U.S. Navy logistic support operation of American scientific research in Antarctica. The Navy was supported by the Air Force, Army, Marines, and Coast Guard in what was called at the time "the greatest peacetime military logistic program in our history." Operation Deep Freeze began in 1955 when President Eisenhower mandated support for the United States' participation in International Geophysical Year activities in Antarctica, beginning on July 1, 1957. International Geophysical Year activities were concluded at the end of 1958, and Operation Deep Freeze began to support the United States Antarctic Research Program. McMurdo Station was officially dedicated on February 16, 1956 and was the site for research relating to glaciology, gravity, meteorology, oceanography, special studies, and biology. McMurdo Station also housed the continent's first nuclear power plant, built in fiscal year 1962. By April 1967, Hampton was stationed with the 1st Transportation Corps (TC) Battalion in San Francisco which was operating a Floating Aircraft Maintenance Facility.
Provenance:
Martha E. Hampton, Gift, 2008
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
Operation Deep Freeze  Search this
Piasecki H-21  Search this
Bell UH-1B (HU-1B) Iroquois (Huey)  Search this
Disaster relief  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Photographs
Publications
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
William C. Hampton Collection, Accession 2008-0032, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2008.0032
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2008-0032

Tri-Rotor Spray & Chemical Photography Collection

Creator:
Smith, Larry  Search this
Names:
Tri-Rotor Spray & Chemical  Search this
Extent:
0.18 Cubic Feet ((1 slim letter box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Digital images
Digital versatile discs
Date:
bulk 1970s-2003
Summary:
This collection consists of 82 scanned photographs and four DVDs relating to Tri-Rotor Spray & Chemical's aircraft and operations.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 82 scanned photographs and four DVDs relating to Tri-Rotor Spray & Chemical's aircraft and operations. The scans of the photographs were produced by the National Air and Space Museum's Archives Division, from originals lent by, and returned to, Mr. Larry Smith. The DVDs were made from four VHS-C format tapes of crop spraying runs also lent, and returned, to Mr. Smith. The following aircraft are represented: Bell UH-1B; Air Tractor AT-400A and AT-602; Hughes 269C; Hiller UH-12E; Ayres Corp. S2R-G6 and 660 (S2R-T660); Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee; Cessna 340A; and Weatherly Aviation Co. 620A.
Arrangement:
Arranged by type of media.
Biographical / Historical:
Tri-Rotor Spray & Chemical, a division of J & L Smith Farms, is a crop spraying business run by Larry Smith based in Ulysses, Kansas. Tri-Rotor was started with the purchase of a Hughes 269A in 1978 as a way to get crop spraying on Smith Farms done in a timely manner. That first year a neighbor came by and said, "It looks good, could you do mine?" and so started Tri-Rotor's expansion. In 1979, Tri-Rotor purchased a Hughes 300-C that they kept for four years, during which time they sprayed between 7000 to 12000 acres a year. In 1982, they bought a Hiller H-23E, and started to enlarge their fleet in response to demand, buying two additional Hiller H-23Es and one spray coupe ground rig. In 1988, they sold one of the Hillers and purchased a Bell 204B. After a fatal accident in the Bell during May of 1989, Tri-Rotor switched to turbine airplane spraying and bought their first Air Tractor AT-400. Currently Tri-Rotor has three Air Tractors AT-402s and one AT-602, one Ayres Corporation 660 Turbo-Thrush, one Bell OH-58 Kiowa, one Hiller 12E Soloy, one Hiller H-23E (Model 12E), and four ground rig machines. They spray in Texas and Kansas, and have a business in Arizona where they spray predominately lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, cotton and alfalfa. In Arizona, Tri-Rotor also sprays for mosquito control and noxious weed control for the State. They are preparing to be involved in tamarisk control on the major watersheds to increase and improve ground water and to be involved in fire fighting with the US Forest Service. Currently Tri-Rotor employs 50 personnel and sprays approximately 450,000 acres per year. They also sell chemicals directly to farmers.
Provenance:
Larry Smith, 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
Aerial spraying and dusting in agriculture  Search this
Piper PA-25 Pawnee Family  Search this
Bell UH-1B (HU-1B) Iroquois (Huey)  Search this
Air Tractor AT-400  Search this
Air Tractor AT-602  Search this
Hughes 269 Family  Search this
Ayres Corp Turbo-Thrush S2R  Search this
Ayres Corp 660 Turbo-Thrush  Search this
Cessna 340  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Digital images
Digital versatile discs
Citation:
Tri-Rotor Spray & Chemical Photography Collection, NASM.2004.0023, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2004.0023
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Tri-Rotor Spray & Chemical Photography Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
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