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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

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

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

Flight Testing Exhibit Collection

Extent:
0.49 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Negatives
Photographic prints
Technical reports
Date:
bulk 1903-1974
Scope and Contents:
This collection is a product of the material gathered for the Flight Testing Exhibit. It includes the following material: technical reports; copy negatives with corresponding photocopies of images used in the exhibit; unidentified miscellaneous negatives which were probably gathered for research but not used in the exhibit; and a script, with negatives and prints, for the Cruise Missile section of the exhibit.
Biographical / Historical:
The Gallery of Flight Testing, which opened in 1976, was designed to exhibit aircraft design concepts and their significance in the story of flight. The exhibit illustrated problems of flight and how many of those problems have been solved.
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
Airplanes, Military -- Flight testing  Search this
Aeronautics designers  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Photographic prints
Technical reports
Citation:
Flight Testing Exhibit Collection, 1994-0053, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1994.0053
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg26d2dc531-ab4f-4487-88c6-1ed0d5b012f3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1994-0053
Online Media:

Test pilot at war [by] H. A. Taylor

Author:
Taylor, H. A (Harold Anthony) 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
144 p. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1970
Topic:
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, British  Search this
Call number:
UG635.G7 T24X
UG635.G7T24X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_7256

Harnessing the sky : Frederick "Trap" Trapnell, the U.S. Navy's aviation pioneer, 1923-52 / Frederick M. Trapnell Jr. and Dana Trapnell Tibbitts

Title:
"Trap" Trapnell, the U.S. Navy's aviation pioneer, 1923-52
Frederick "Trap" Trapnell, the U.S. Navy's aviation pioneer, 1923-52
Author:
Trapnell, Frederick M. Jr  Search this
Tibbitts, Dana Trapnell  Search this
Subject:
Trapnell, Frederick M. 1902-1975  Search this
United States Navy Aviation  Search this
United States Navy Aviation History  Search this
United States Navy Officers  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2015
20th century
Topic:
Test pilots  Search this
Fighter pilots  Search this
Admirals  Search this
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing--History  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1055770

Contrails over the Mojave : the golden age of jet flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base / George J. Marrett

Author:
Marrett, George J  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 230 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
United States
Edwards Air Force Base (Calif.)
Date:
2008
C2008
20th century
Topic:
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing  Search this
Airplanes--Flight testing--History  Search this
Aeronautics--Research--History  Search this
Aeronautics, Military--Research--History  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_901141

Flight research at Ames : fifty-seven years of development and validation of aeronautical technology, 1940-1997 / Paul F. Borchers, James A. Franklin, and Jay W. Fletcher

Title:
Fifty-seven years of development and validation of aeronautical technology, 1940-1997
Author:
Borchers, Paul F  Search this
Franklin, James A  Search this
Fletcher, Jay W  Search this
Ames Research Center  Search this
Subject:
Ames Research Center History  Search this
Physical description:
v, 113 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
United States
Date:
1999
[1999]
Topic:
Airplanes--Flight testing--History  Search this
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing--History  Search this
Aeronautics--Research--History  Search this
Aeronautics, Military--Research--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_719832

Fighter pilot's heaven : flight testing the early jets / Donald S. Lopez ; foreword by Frank Borman

Author:
Lopez, Donald S. 1923-2008  Search this
Physical description:
223 p.: ill.; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1995
Topic:
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_474528

Against the wind : 90 years of flight test in the Miami Valley

Author:
Aeronautical Systems Center (U.S.) History Office  Search this
Subject:
United States Air Force Systems Command Aeronautical Systems Division History  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 216 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Ohio
Dayton
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)
Date:
1994
[1994]
Topic:
Airplanes--Flight testing--History  Search this
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing--History  Search this
Airplanes--Flight testing  Search this
Call number:
TL671.7 .A25 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_472184

British flight testing : Martlesham Heath, 1920-1939 / by T. Mason

Author:
Mason, T  Search this
Physical description:
256 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
England
Royal Air Force Station, Martlesham Heath (Suffolk)
Date:
1993
Topic:
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
UG635.G72 R88 1993
UG635.G72R88 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_450403

McCook Field Collection

Creator:
Boyne, Walter J., 1929-  Search this
Names:
McCook Field, Ohio  Search this
Wright Field, Ohio  Search this
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)  Search this
Boyne, Walter J., 1929-  Search this
Extent:
1.64 Cubic feet ((2 records center boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Questionnaires
Publications
Clippings
Reports
Negatives
Photographs
Correspondence
Date:
1917-1977
bulk 1918-1930
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of material collected by Walter J. Boyne in preparation for the writing of a series of articles about McCook Field. The collection consists of the following: numerous photographs, a small number of negatives, some technical notes and reports, correspondence, magazine clippings, a decal, publications, and several questionnaires. The photographic component consists of images of aircraft, both on the ground and airborne, as well as photos of parts of aircraft. In addition, there are photos of workers in the process of constructing airplanes and of crash tests and their results. A few personal photographs of members of the air crew can also be found within the collection. The questionnaires in the collection were created by Boyne and were sent in 1977 to various individuals who were connected with McCook Field in various capacities.
Biographical / Historical:
McCook Field, established in Dayton, Ohio in 1917, was the first military aviation facility developed for research and experimentation in the United States. The testing of airplanes, including new experimental models, continued until 1927 when the facility was closed. Operations were subsequently moved to nearby Wright Field, which later evolved into the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1948.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Walter J. Boyne, gift, unknown, XXXX-0569, 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 -- Flight testing  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Military -- Research  Search this
Genre/Form:
Questionnaires
Publications
Clippings
Reports
Negatives
Photographs
Correspondence
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0569
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2bed1eabc-a912-4853-83cb-0ccd5f503c4d
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0569

Harrier FOD avoidance : H.S.A.'s guide to clean living in Jet V/STOL

Author:
Fozard, John W  Search this
Physical description:
iii, 56 p. : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
C1971
Topic:
Harrier (Jet fighter plane)  Search this
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing  Search this
Airplanes, Military--Maintenance and repair  Search this
Call number:
UG1242.H29 H29 1971
UG1242.H29H29 1971
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_356480

Sigh for a Merlin : testing the Spitfire / Alex Henshaw

Author:
Henshaw, Alex  Search this
Subject:
Henshaw, Alex  Search this
Physical description:
240 p. : ill., map, ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1999
1996
1999, c1996
Topic:
Spitfire (Fighter plane)  Search this
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing  Search this
Test pilots  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1030630

Performance flight tests of F-86A airplane, USAF no. 47-610 / U. S. Air Force, Air Materiel Command, Wright Air Development Center

Author:
United States Air Force Air Matériel Command Wright Air Development Center  Search this
Physical description:
150 p. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1949
Topic:
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing  Search this
Call number:
TL685.3 .U576
TL685.3.U576
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_170479

Edwards Air Force Base / Ted Huetter and Christian Gelzer

Author:
Huetter, Ted  Search this
Gelzer, Christian 1957-  Search this
Physical description:
127 p. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
United States
California
Edwards Air Force Base
Edwards Air Force Base (Calif.)
Date:
2010
C2010
20th century
Topic:
Test pilots  Search this
Research aircraft  Search this
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing  Search this
Aeronautics, Military--Research--History  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_962730

Notes on methods and calculations for static tests and full flight performance tests for new military airplanes / U. S. Bureau of Aircraft Production, Airplane Engineering Division, Experimental Engineering, McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio

Author:
United States Bureau of Aircraft Production Airplane Engineering Division, Experimental Engineering, McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio  Search this
Physical description:
187 p. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1918
Topic:
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing  Search this
Call number:
TL685.3 .U58
TL685.3.U58
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_170448

The secret years : flight testing at Boscombe Down 1939-1945 / Tim Mason

Author:
Mason, Tim  Search this
Subject:
Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (Great Britain) History  Search this
Physical description:
320 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1998
C1998
20th century
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military--Research--History  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, British  Search this
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing  Search this
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_604148

Testing early jets : compressibility and the supersonic era / Roland Beamont

Author:
Beamont, Roland  Search this
Physical description:
143 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
Topic:
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing  Search this
Call number:
TL671.7 .B43 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_522906

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