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Nose Art Color Slides [Schirmer]

Creator:
Schirmer, Frank  Search this
Names:
Schirmer, Frank  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Cubic feet ((2 folders))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Notes
Place:
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Ariz.)
Date:
1946-1947
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of copies of 107 color slides taken by Col. Schirmer at Davis-Monthan Field, Tucson, Arizona, circa 1946-1947. The collection also includes a copy of lecture notes for a slide presentation given by Col. Schirmer in 1981 entitled, "4105th Army Air Force Base Unit (Aircraft Storage) Davis-Monthan Field Arizona 1946-1947 and a Glimpse into the Past of MASDC and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base." (MASDC, the U. S. Air Force's Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center, is now known as the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, or AMARC.) Many of the slides referenced in the lecture notes do not appear in this collection. The color slides depict predominantly B-29 aircraft of the 58th Bomb Wing (58BW) and its component units (40BG, 444BG, 462BG, and 468BG), but several B-29s of the 73BW, 313BW, and 314BW are also seen. Also included are 19 slides of C-47 aircraft, and a group of about a dozen slides that detail the cocooning process. Most photographs are close-up views which show aircraft nose art, nicknames, unit insignia, mission marks, and victory marks. A few historic aircraft are also pictured: the Boeing B-29 "The Great Artiste", the record-setting Boeing YB-29J "PacusanDreamBoat", the Boeing XB-19, and the Consolidated C-87 used during WWII by Wendell Wilkie. There is one slide that shows Lt. Col. Schirmer.
Biographical / Historical:
At the end of World War II, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (then Davis-Monthan Field) outside of Tucson, Arizona, was selected by the U. S. Army Air Forces as a storage site for hundreds of decommissioned aircraft, particularly excess Boeing B-29 Superfortresses and Douglas C-47 Skytrains. The C-47s began to arrive at the field in January 1946, and in September 1946, Lt. Colonel R. Frank Schirmer took command of the newly formed 4105th AAFBU (Acft. Stg.) [Army Air Forces Base Unit (Aircraft Storage)]. By 1947 a large number of B-29s had arrived at the field, and the 4105th began a preservation project to cocoon (or "mothball") a group of 479 B-29s. The cocooning process consisted of covering the aircraft with four layers of heavy sprayed-on plastic in four colors: yellow, red, black, and silver-the final coat was of heat-reflecting aluminum.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Tom Britton, gift, 1999, 2000-0021, 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:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Airplanes, Military -- Collection and preservation  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Douglas C-47 Skytrain Family  Search this
Airplanes, Military -- Decoration  Search this
Boeing B-29 Superfortress  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Notes
Identifier:
NASM.2000.0021
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2000-0021

Ladies in waiting : a pictorial review of Davis Monthan AFB / by Scott Wonderly & Richard Dunham

Title:
Pictorial review of Davis Monthan AFB
Author:
Wonderly, Scott  Search this
Dunham, Richard  Search this
Subject:
Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
United States
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Ariz.)
Date:
1991
C1991
Topic:
Airplanes, Military--Preservation  Search this
Airplanes, Military--Maintenance and repair  Search this
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Call number:
UG1244.A6 .W87 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_473694

Desert boneyard : Davis Monthan A.F.B. Arizona / Phillip Chinnery

Author:
Chinnery, Philip  Search this
Subject:
Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center  Search this
Physical description:
[144] p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Ariz.)
Date:
1987
Topic:
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Call number:
UG634.5.D26 C53 1987
UG634.5.D26C53 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_360418

Desert airforce / Philip Chinnery

Author:
Chinnery, Philip D  Search this
Physical description:
1v. : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
United States
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Ariz.)
Date:
1989
Topic:
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Pictorial works  Search this
Call number:
UG1243.C46 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_388275

AMARG : America's military aircraft boneyard / Nicholas A. Veronico and Ron Strong

Author:
Veronico, Nick 1961-  Search this
Strong, Ron  Search this
Subject:
Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (U.S.) History  Search this
Pima Air & Space Museum  Search this
Physical description:
143 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Ariz.)
Date:
2010
C2010
Topic:
Airplanes, Military--Maintenance and repair  Search this
Airplanes, Military--History  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_946142

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