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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
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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:

On a steel horse I ride : a history of the MH-53 Pave Low helicopters in war and peace / Darrel D. Whitcomb

Author:
Whitcomb, Darrel D. 1947-  Search this
Subject:
United States Air Force Search and rescue operations History  Search this
United States Air Force History  Search this
Physical description:
xxxi, 738 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Date:
2012
Topic:
Sikorsky H-53 (Military transport helicopter)--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1107742

Famous Firsts in Helicopter History

Author:
Boyne, Walter J.  Search this
Lopez, Donald S.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1984
Topic:
Flight  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Flight  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Space sciences  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_100508

Razvitie skhem vintokrylykh letatelʹnykh apparatov / V.R. Mikheev

Title:
Развитие схем винтокрылых летательных аппаратов / В.Р. Михеев
Author:
Mikheev, V. R (Vadim Rostislavovich)  Search this
Physical description:
235 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1993
Topic:
Helicopters--Design and construction  Search this
Helicopters--History  Search this
Helicopters--Aerodynamics  Search this
Flying-machines--Design and construction  Search this
Flying-machines--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1084387

Helicopter History through 1946, correspondence, photographs and negatives

Collection Creator:
Fairchild Aircraft Corp  Search this
Container:
Box 251, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
See more items in:
Fairchild Industries, Inc. collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1989-0060-ref2204

Helicopter History since 1947, Helicopter Designation Chart, U.S. Army evaluations, articles and photographs

Collection Creator:
Fairchild Aircraft Corp  Search this
Container:
Box 251, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
See more items in:
Fairchild Industries, Inc. collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1989-0060-ref2205

The Sikorsky legacy / Sergei I. Sikorsky, with the Igor I. Sikorsky Historical Archives

Author:
Sikorskiĭ, S. I  Search this
Physical description:
127 p. : ill ; 24 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Date:
2007
C2007
Topic:
Sikorsky helicopters--History  Search this
Helicopters--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_814670

MVZ im. M.L. Milia 50 let / [avtor, V.R. Mikheev]

Title:
Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant 50 years
MVZ im. M.L. Milia piatʹdesiat let
Author:
Mikheev, V. R (Vadim Rostislavovich)  Search this
Subject:
MVZ im. M.L. Milia  Search this
Physical description:
272 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Russia (Federation)
Date:
1998
Topic:
Helicopters--History  Search this
Aeronautics--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_816252

Georgiĭ Aleksandrovich Botezat 1882-1940 / V.R. Mikheev ; otv. redaktory S.I. Sikorskiĭ, V.P. Borisov

Author:
Mikheev, V. R (Vadim Rostislavovich)  Search this
Sikorskiĭ, S. I  Search this
Borisov, V. P  Search this
Subject:
Bothezat, Georges de 1882-1940  Search this
Physical description:
156 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Russia
Date:
2000
Topic:
Aeronautics--History  Search this
Helicopters--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_816253

Helicopters of the Third Reich / Steve Coates, with Jean-Christophe Carbonel

Author:
Coates, Steve  Search this
Carbonel, Jean-Christophe  Search this
Subject:
Germany Luftwaffe History  Search this
Physical description:
224 p. : ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Germany
Date:
2002
C2002
1933-1945
Topic:
Military helicopters--History  Search this
Helicopters--History  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, German  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
UG1235.G4 C63 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_713983

Kaman H-43 : an illustrated history / Wayne Mutza

Title:
H-43
Author:
Mutza, Wayne  Search this
Subject:
Kaman Corporation  Search this
Physical description:
106 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1998
Topic:
H-43 (Military transport helicopter)--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_715640

Leading from the front : Bristow Helicopters, the first 50 years / Andrew Healey

Author:
Healey, Andrew  Search this
Subject:
Bristow Helicopters History  Search this
Physical description:
256 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Helicopters  Search this
Call number:
TL716.9.B75 H43 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_728492

Thunderbird Lounge : an aviator's story about one early transportation helicopter company, along with its sister companies as they paved the way in what was to become "a helicopter war" / by Robert J. Brandt

Author:
Brandt, Robert J. 1937-  Search this
Subject:
Brandt, Robert J. 1937-  Search this
United States Army Aviation History  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 306 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm
Type:
Biography
Personal narratives, American
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Aerial operations, American  Search this
Military helicopters--History  Search this
Helicopter pilots  Search this
Vietnam War, 1961-1975  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_777824

To fly like a bird / by Joe Mashman ; as told to R. Randall Padfield

Author:
Mashman, Joe 1916-  Search this
Padfield, R. Randall  Search this
Subject:
Mashman, Joe 1916-  Search this
Physical description:
iii, 194 p., xxxii p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Helicopter pilots  Search this
Bell helicopter--History  Search this
Helicopter industry--History  Search this
Call number:
TL540.M3672 M37 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_777827

Loach! : the story of the H-6/Model 500 helicopter / Wayne Mutza

Author:
Mutza, Wayne  Search this
Physical description:
144 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2005
C2005
Topic:
Military helicopters--History  Search this
Helicopters  Search this
Helicopter industry  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_789801

The first helicopter war : logistics and mobility in Algeria, 1954-1962 / Charles R. Shrader

Author:
Shrader, Charles R  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 277 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Algeria
Date:
1999
Revolution, 1954-1962
Topic:
Military helicopters--History  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_611038

Seventy-five years of aviation firsts / written by Harry Pember ; designed by Charlene Weaver ; cover design by Matt Grasso

Title:
75 years of aviation firsts
75 Sikorsky Aircraft 1923-1998
Seventy-five Sikorsky Aircraft 1923-1998
Author:
Pember, Harry E. 1949-  Search this
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan 1889-1972  Search this
Sikorsky Aircraft (Firm)  Search this
United Aircraft Corporation Sikorsky Aircraft Division  Search this
Subject:
Sikorsky Aircraft (Firm)  Search this
United Aircraft Corporation Sikorsky Aircraft Division  Search this
Physical description:
92 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 x 26 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Connecticut
Stratford (Conn.)
Date:
1998
C1998
Topic:
Helicopters--History  Search this
Aeronautics--History  Search this
Airplanes--History  Search this
Aircraft industry  Search this
Aerospace industries  Search this
Call number:
TL714 .P46 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_620183

Wonderful flying machines : a history of U.S. Coast Guard helicopters / Barrett Thomas Beard

Author:
Beard, Barrett Thomas 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Erickson, Frank A (Frank Arthur) -1978  Search this
United States Coast Guard (Aviation) History  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 240 p., [22] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Military helicopters--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_503440

The Hoverfly file / Eric Myall

Author:
Myall, Eric  Search this
Physical description:
104 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
United States
Date:
1997
C1997
Topic:
Helicopters--History  Search this
Call number:
TL716 .M93 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_530043

The Piasecki story of vertical lift

Author:
Piasecki Helicopter Corporation  Search this
Subject:
Piasecki, Frank N  Search this
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
198u
[198-?]
Topic:
Military helicopters--History--Pictorial works  Search this
Call number:
UG1233 .P5 1980
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_532515

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