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Wright Field Technical Documents Library

Creator:
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)  Search this
Names:
McCook Field, Ohio  Search this
United States. Air Force  Search this
United States. Air Force Materiel Division  Search this
United States. Air Materiel Command  Search this
Wright Field, Ohio  Search this
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)  Search this
Extent:
733.77 Cubic feet (1508 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Publications
Reports
Photographs
Date:
1915-1955
Summary:
Throughout its history the Engineering Division/Materiel Division at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, maintained a catalogued library of technical documents, which was turned over to the Air Force Museum and later donated to the National Air and Space Museum. The collection consists of reports and other documents on a variety of aviation-related topics, including general science (aeronautics, physics, chemistry, etc); military air service personnel, organization, and equipment for both US and foreign air forces; as well as operations, and so on. Currently, the finding aid only covers documents from the D52.1 subject code (Airplanes, arranged alphabetically) and only those that are physically located in the Wright Field Technical Documents Library.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of reports and other documents on a variety of aviation-related topics, including general science (aeronautics, physics, chemistry, etc); military air service personnel, organization, and equipment for both US and foreign air forces; as well as operations, and so on. Information on foreign services and equipment is usually from military intelligence reports, although some foreign documents or translations are included. The material also includes a large section of test reports from the Material Division itself.
Arrangement:
Every document in the collection has been assigned a multi-part Wright Field Number. This number is adapted from the Air Force central decimal correspondence filing system. Wright Field Numbers are written in the format:

[Subject Code] [Category Suffix] / [Sequence Number] [Sequence Modifier]

• Subject Code: This number begins with an alpha-numeric subject code. For example, D52.1 (Airplanes, arranged alphabetically).

• Category Suffix: A more specific textual subject reference. For example, in the D52.1 subjects, the suffix is usually a manufacturer name, aircraft name, or a general type of aircraft. (Original Wright Field cataloguers could be inconsistent in how they classified an airplane. For example, a document on a Japanese Mitsubishi A6M could be filed alphabetically under A6M, Mitsubishi, Zeke, Zero, or Misc. Japanese.) It is possible to not have a category suffix.

• Sequence Number: The individual number assigned to the document within its subject code and category. If a document was formerly classified as "Security Information," the sequence number starts with "S," for example "S-1." These are usually filed at the beginning of a range of documents. Sometimes technical manuals are filed using the technical order (TO) number. For example, 01-20EE-3 is the sequence number used for a Boeing B-17 Handbook of Overhaul Instructions, TO-01-20EE-3.

• Sequence Modifier: If there is a revision or multiple parts of a document, this is reflected in a sequence modifier. Ex. Dates, revision numbers, etc.

The documents are arranged alpha-numerically by Wright Field Number in the order of:

Subject Code, Category Suffix, Sequence Number, Sequence Modifier

Example of arrangement by Wright Field Number:

D52.1 / 42

D52.1 Aeronca / 2

D52.1 Boeing / S-1

D52.1 Boeing / 422

D52.1 Boeing / 511 Dec 1, 1941

D52.1 Boeing / 511 vol. 2 March 1, 1943

D52.1 Misc. Japanese / 46

Each record contains the title and source from the index cards. Information from the subject field on the cards appears as a scope and content note.

Currently, the finding aid only covers documents from the D52.1 subject code and only those that are physically located in the Wright Field Technical Documents Library. Please contact the NASM Archives regarding additional documents. Some may be located in the Technical Reference Files, cataloguing information may be only on the index cards, or the document has been catalogued as missing from the collection.
Biographical / Historical:
In 1917, the United States Army Air Service established an aviation engineering section at McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio. In 1927, the Engineering Division, as it was then known, moved to nearby Wilbur Wright Field and remained there as the Air Force Materiel Division (AFMD) and Air Materiel Command (AMC) until Wright Field combined with Patterson Field to become Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1948. The Engineering Division was responsible for Army Air Services research and development and served as a clearinghouse for information on aviation development worldwide. Throughout its history the Engineering Division/Materiel Division maintained a catalogued library of documents, which was turned over to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson and was later donated to the National Air and Space Museum.
Provenance:
United States Air Force Museum, Transfer, 1962, NASM.XXXX.0428.
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:
Military intelligence  Search this
Airplanes, Military -- Flight testing  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Military -- Research  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Publications
Reports
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0428
See more items in:
Wright Field Technical Documents Library
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2124245c3-eb7c-495a-a446-e87ba26d8251
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0428

Plane spotter's guide Tony Holmes

Author:
Holmes, Tony  Search this
Physical description:
216 pages color illustrations 13 x 19 cm
Type:
Books
Guidebook
travel guidebooks
Guidebooks
Guides touristiques
Date:
2012
Topic:
Airplanes, Military--Identification  Search this
Avions militaires--Identification  Search this
Warfare and Defence  Search this
Call number:
UG1240 .H66 2012
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1158539

"Examination of main undercarriage and tail wheel unit of Junkers Ju 88 airplane Military Intelligence Division - England 42,069." Source: Royal aircraft establishment Nov 1940 M.I.D.

Collection Creator:
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)  Search this
Container:
Box D627, Folder D52.1 Junkers / 93
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
3 Jan 1941
Scope and Contents:
Airplanes - Junkers Ju 88
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
See more items in:
Wright Field Technical Documents Library
Wright Field Technical Documents Library / D52.1 - Airplanes (arranged alphabetically) / J / Junkers
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg28b72e211-5567-4a43-b501-c8d77647e176
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0428-ref3499

Wright/McCook Field Aircraft Project Books

Creator:
United States. Army. Air Service  Search this
Names:
McCook Field, Ohio  Search this
United States. Air Force Materiel Division  Search this
United States. Air Materiel Command  Search this
United States. Army. Air Service  Search this
Wright Field, Ohio  Search this
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)  Search this
Extent:
5.45 Cubic feet ((5 records center boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Project files
Negatives
Reports
Date:
1917-1926
bulk 1920-1925
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the project books for aircraft tested by the Experimental Division in the early 1920s. Most project books contain photstats of the specifications and contracts for these aircraft as well as Air Service inspection and test reports. The collection also includes an extensive negative collection documenting the project book aircraft.
Biographical / Historical:
In 1917 the United States Army Air Service established an aviation engineering section at McCook Field in Dayton, OH. In 1927 the Engineering Division, as it was then known, moved to nearby Wilbur Wright Field and there remained as the Air Force Material Division (AFMD) and Air Material Command (AMC) until Wright Field combined with Patterson Field to become Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1948. The Engineering Division was in charge of research and development for the Army Air Services and was a clearinghouse for the Army Air Services on aviation development worldwide.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
No donor information, Gift, unknown, XXXX-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:
Airplanes -- Design and construction  Search this
Airplanes, Military -- Flight testing  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Military -- Research  Search this
Genre/Form:
Project files
Negatives
Reports
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0058
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2f5f3e51e-3523-4a15-9dce-f0a5a1e4139a
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0058

Wright/McCook Field Still Photograph Collection

Creator:
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)  Search this
Names:
McCook Field, Ohio  Search this
United States. Air Force  Search this
United States. Air Force Materiel Division  Search this
United States. Air Materiel Command  Search this
United States. Army Air Forces  Search this
United States. Army. Air Corps  Search this
Wright Field, Ohio  Search this
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)  Search this
Extent:
899.25 Cubic feet ((825 records center boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1918-1971
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains the file of still photographs taken by the Air Force Material Division at McCook Field, Wright Field, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The material consists of over 340,000 black and white and color photographs illustrating the design, development and testing of military aircraft; structural components; and personal, emergency, and survival equipment. The collection also contains documentation of unsatisfactory materials and components, aircraft accident investigations, publicity, and development of McCook Field facilities to the present day Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The majority of the photos were taken as integral parts of the testing or investigation procedure for inclusion in resulting reports.
Biographical / Historical:
In 1917 the United States Army Air Service established an aviation engineering section at McCook Field in Dayton, OH. In 1927 the Engineering Division, as it was then known, moved to nearby Wilbur Wright Field and there remained as the Air Force Material Division (AFMD) and Air Material Command (AMC) until Wright Field combined with Patterson Field to become Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1948. The Engineering Division was in charge of research and development for the Army Air Services and was a clearinghouse for the Army Air Services on aviation development worldwide.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
University of Wisconsin, Transfer, 1981, XXXX-0172, Public Domain
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 -- Flight testing  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Military -- Research  Search this
Aircraft survival equipment  Search this
Aircraft accidents  Search this
Airplanes -- Design and construction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0172
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2002d5f70-4be8-430d-a749-a373b69a0e24
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0172

"Protection of aircraft against attack at other than fighter stations ." Source: M.I.D. England 41,822.

Collection Creator:
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)  Search this
Container:
Box D551, Folder D52.1 / 417
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Nov. 15, 1940.
Scope and Contents:
Airplanes; Military intelligence division - England 41,822
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
See more items in:
Wright Field Technical Documents Library
Wright Field Technical Documents Library / D52.1 - Airplanes (arranged alphabetically) / [No Alphabetical Category]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg28e659c28-6216-4396-9d67-5550f0b59c0f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0428-ref714

Captured German and Japanese Aviation Technical Documents

Creator:
United States. Army Air Forces  Search this
Extent:
3,732 Microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Microfilms
Place:
Germany
Japan
Date:
[ca. 1939-1945]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the Air Force master microfilm of captured German and Japanese documents pertaining to aviation. The documents cover a wide variety of subjects, including aircraft and engines, flight test reports, proposals, and engineering studies. English translation is provided for some documents.
Biographical / Historical:
In the final days of World War II, the advancing Allied armies captured a large number of documents from the German and Japanese governments. These documents were taken to various sites in Europe and the United States for evaluation and appraisal. Those documents considered valuable were microfilmed for preservation. Aviation-related documents were turned over to the United States Army Air Force and microfilmed by the Air Documents Division, Technical Information Section (T-2), Air Material Command at Wright Field, OH [now Wright-Patterson AFB].
General:
All documents in this collection are unclassified.
NASMrev
Provenance:
Defense Documentation Center, Transfer, 1966, XXXX-0431, Public Domain
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
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Airplanes -- Germany  Search this
Airplanes -- Japan  Search this
Airplanes -- Motors  Search this
Airplanes, Military -- Flight testing  Search this
Research aircraft  Search this
Genre/Form:
Microfilms
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0431
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2f0217f51-1b1e-4fce-a301-c183499c5df6
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0431

Aircraft prototype and technology demonstrator symposium : March 23-24, 1983, Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio / Dayton-Cincinnati Section, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics ; in cooperation with the Air Force Museum

Author:
Aircraft Prototype and Technology Demonstrator Symposium (1983 : Dayton, Ohio)  Search this
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Dayton-Cincinnati Section  Search this
Air Force Museum (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 184 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Congresses
Place:
United States
Date:
1983
C1983
Topic:
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Airplanes, Military--Prototypes  Search this
Call number:
TL685.3 .A295 1983
TL685.3.A295 1983
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_428235

Smokin' Tigers a pictorial history of reconnaissance attack squadron one (rvah-1) by Michael Grove and Angelo Romano

Title:
Pictorial history of reconnaissance attack squadron one (rvah-1)
Author:
Grove, Michael  Search this
Romano, Angelo  Search this
Subject:
United States Navy Aviation  Search this
Physical description:
120 pages color illustrations, portraits 28 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
United States
Date:
2022
Topic:
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1155137

Air international

Physical description:
ill. 28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1974
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Call number:
TL501 .A293
TL501.A293
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_70132

Off target American guided bombs, missiles and drones 1917-1950 William Wolf

Author:
Wolf, William (Military historian),)  Search this
Physical description:
544 pages illustrations 26 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
United States
États-Unis
Date:
2021
20th century
20e siècle
Topic:
Guided bombs--History  Search this
Airplanes, Military--History  Search this
Air warfare--History  Search this
Bombes guidées--Histoire  Search this
Avions militaires--Histoire  Search this
Guerre aérienne--Histoire  Search this
Air warfare  Search this
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Guided bombs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1155251

Battle flight RAF air defence projects and weapons since 1945 Chris Gibson

Author:
Gibson, Chris 1962-  Search this
Physical description:
208 pages illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white, and colour) 31 cm
Type:
Texts
History
Place:
Great Britain
Grande-Bretagne
Date:
2012
Topic:
Air defenses  Search this
Air defenses--Technological innovations  Search this
Airplanes, Military--History  Search this
Airplanes, Military--Design and construction  Search this
Défense aérienne  Search this
Défense aérienne--Innovations  Search this
Avions militaires--Histoire  Search this
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1113728

Aviation history

Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1994
1994-
Topic:
Airplanes--History  Search this
Airplanes, Military--History  Search this
Aeronautics--History  Search this
Call number:
TL501 .A956
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_460167

Douglas M-2 model

Medium:
metal; paint
Dimensions:
15.2 x 38.1 x 50.8 cm (6 x 15 x 20 in.)
Type:
Transportation Equipment & Models
Place:
United States of America
Date:
1926-1930s
Topic:
Transportation  Search this
Object number:
0.234863.101
See more items in:
National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm86fe9e93a-720f-41ba-addb-e5f1953ad25f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_0.234863.101

[Trade catalogs from Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, Inc.]

Company Name:
Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
The Mark I Perceptron, a pattern learning and recognition device; airplanes, military applications; annual report, 1954.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
4 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Buffalo, New York, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Aviation (aircraft; balloons; etc.)  Search this
Computers and computer equipment  Search this
Military equipment and supplies (including uniforms)  Search this
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Airships  Search this
Armed Forces -- Equipment  Search this
Balloons  Search this
Computers  Search this
Military supplies  Search this
Military uniforms  Search this
Optical equipment  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_11640
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_11640

[Trade catalogs from Fairey Aviation Co. Ltd.]

Company Name:
Fairey Aviation Co. Ltd.  Search this
Related companies:
Fairey Marine Ltd.  Search this
Notes content:
Airplanes, military; hydraulic power-assister for aircraft controls; helicopters. Sailboats; row boats; dinghies.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
7 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Middlesex, United Kingdom
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Boats and ships (including marine hardware and supplies)  Search this
Aviation (aircraft; balloons; etc.)  Search this
Military equipment and supplies (including uniforms)  Search this
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Airships  Search this
Armed Forces -- Equipment  Search this
Balloons  Search this
Boats and boating  Search this
Marine machinery  Search this
Military supplies  Search this
Military uniforms  Search this
Ships  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_14262
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_14262

The B-25 in the backyard my father's historic airplane sanctuary Wally Soplata

Title:
B25 in the backyard
B-twenty-five in the back yard
Author:
Soplata, Wally 1953-  Search this
Subject:
Soplata, Walter A. 1923-2010 Estate  Search this
Soplata, Wally 1953- Family  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 228 pages illustrations 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Ohio
Newbury Area
United States
États-Unis
Date:
2020
Topic:
Airplanes--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Airplanes, Military--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Airplanes--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Airplanes--Salvaging  Search this
Avions--Conservation et restauration  Search this
Avions--Récupération  Search this
Decedents' estates  Search this
Families  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1154928

An illustrated guide to the air war over Vietnam : aircraft of the Southeast Asia conflict / Bernard C. Nalty, George M. Watson, Jacob Neufeld

Title:
Vietnam, guide to the air war over Vietnam
Author:
Nalty, Bernard C  Search this
Watson, George M  Search this
Neufeld, Jacob  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
C1981
Topic:
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Aerial operations  Search this
Call number:
UG1240 .N34 1981X
UG1240.N34 1981X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_145855

Star-Spangled Banner in A&I

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum  Search this
Arts and Industries Building  Search this
Star-Spangled Banner (Flag)  Search this
Spirit of St. Louis (Airplane)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Exhibit
Date:
1928
Topic:
Interiors  Search this
Arts and Industries Building--North Hall  Search this
National Collections  Search this
Museum visitors  Search this
Flags  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Military paraphernalia  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2010-2708 or 11115 or MAH-11115
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_9294

Aviator uniforms and equipment of IJN

Subject:
Japan Kaigun Kōkūtai  Search this
Japan Kaigun Uniforms  Search this
Physical description:
132 pages illustrations (some color), maps (some folded) 30 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Japan
Japon
Date:
2004
Topic:
Airplanes, Military  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, Japanese  Search this
Avions militaires  Search this
Guerre mondiale, 1939-1945--Opérations aériennes japonaises  Search this
Uniforms  Search this
Military operations, Aerial--Japanese  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1093844

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