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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]

Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Names:
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company  Search this
United States. Navy  Search this
Extent:
1.9 Cubic feet (5 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Maps
Correspondence
Photographs
Diaries
Manuscripts
Microfilms
Publications
Date:
circa 1918-1969
Summary:
The 50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith] Collection contains photocopies of correspondence, published materials, maps, and photographs. The collection also includes photocopies of aircraft logs, naval ship logs, weather reports, progress reports, biographies of the participants, information on the construction of the NC Aircraft and the general planning for the flight, and original material on the thirtieth and fiftieth anniversaries of the flight.
Scope and Content Note:
This collection was gathered by Dr. Richard K. Smith of the National Air and Space Museum, in preparation for the fiftieth anniversary of the NC-4's transatlantic flight. It contains photocopies from microfilm of documents found in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Record Group 24, Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, and Record Group 72, Records of the Bureau of Aeronautics. The researcher will find photocopies of correspondence, published materials, maps, and photographs. The collection also includes photocopies of aircraft logs, naval ship logs, weather reports, progress reports, biographies of the participants, information on the construction of the NC Aircraft and general planning for the flight, and original material on the thirtieth and fiftieth anniversaries of the flight.

The final box of the collection (Box 5) contains 6 reels of microfilm from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Record Groups 24 and 72 relating to the Trans Atlantic flight of the NC-4. As the processing archivist reviewed the microfilm, it appeared that many of the documents in boxes 1-4 were copied from the microfilm. These reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Arrangement:
Materials are arranged by subject and then chronologically.
Historical Note:
In 1917, the United States Navy developed specifications for a flying boat of sufficient range to cross the Atlantic to England. The Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company, in conjunction with the Navy, developed a three-engine aircraft. The Navy intended that the flying boat would serve as an anti-submarine patrol aircraft. The first of the new aircraft, the NC-1, flew on October 4, 1918, followed by the NC-2 on April 12, 1919. Even though World War I had ended, the Navy decided to continue the program in an effort to make the first transatlantic crossing by air. As the program progressed, the NC-2 was dismantled for parts for the other NC aircraft. On May 16, 1919, the NC-1, the NC-3, and the NC-4 assembled at Trepassey Bay, Newfoundland, to begin the 1200 nautical-mile flight to the Azores. The NC-1 was forced down short of the islands and sank, but the Greek vessel, Ionia, rescued the crew. The NC-3 landed two hundred miles short and taxied the remaining distance to the islands. The NC-4 completed the flight successfully, reaching Plymouth, England via Lisbon, Portugal, on May 31, 1919. Following publicity tours of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States, the NC-4 was given to the Smithsonian Institution and is a part of the National Air and Space Museum collection.
Provenance:
Aeronautics Division, NASM, transfer, unknown, XXXX-0418, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Curtiss NC-1 (P2N-1)  Search this
Curtiss NC-4 (P2N-1)  Search this
Aeronautics -- Records  Search this
Transatlantic flights  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Seaplanes  Search this
Curtiss NC-Boat Family  Search this
Genre/Form:
Maps
Correspondence
Photographs
Diaries
Manuscripts
Microfilms
Publications
Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0418
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0418
Online Media:

Transatlantic Flight General Planning

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1918
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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NARA RG 72 (Records of the Bureau of Aeronautics) General Correspondence Initiated in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Box 73, File 068-A-251-275 to 068 A 501 525, Roll 1, NNM 68-508 (11318)

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Roll 1
Type:
Archival materials
Microform
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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NARA RG 72 (Records of the Bureau of Aeronautics) General Correspondence Initiated in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Box 74, File 068-A-526-550 to –654, Roll 2, NNM 68-508 (11318)

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Roll 2
Type:
Archival materials
Microform
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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NARA RG 72 (Records of the Bureau of Aeronautics) General Correspondence Initiated in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, File OZ1 to OZ4 Vol. 2, Roll 3, NNM 68 508 (11318)

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Roll 3
Type:
Archival materials
Microform
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0418-ref108

NARA RG 72 (Records of the Bureau of Aeronautics) General Correspondence Initiated in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, File OZ1 to OZ4 Vol. 2, Roll 4, NNM 68 508 (11318)

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Roll 4
Type:
Archival materials
Microform
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Transatlantic Flight General NC Planning

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
January to April 1919
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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NARA RG 72 (Records of the Bureau of Aeronautics) General Correspondence Initiated number in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Box 72, File 068-301-25 to 068 A 226 250, NNO(R) 68-781 (10689)

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Roll unnumbered
Type:
Archival materials
Microform
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0418-ref110

NARA RG 24 (Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel) Selected pages of 15 ships logs for May 17-20, 27, and 30, 1919, NNM 69-101 (3616)

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Roll unnumbered
Type:
Archival materials
Microform
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0418-ref111

NC Flight: General Preparations

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1919
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Preparations: The Aircraft

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
January-February 1919
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Preparations: The Aircraft

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
March 1919
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Preparations: The Aircraft

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
April 1919
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0418-ref15

Preparations: The Aircraft

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
May 1919
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0418-ref16

Tests and Preparations at Hampton Roads

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
February-April 1919
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0418-ref17

Lt. Cdr. Patrick N.L. Bellinger's Survey of Trepassey

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
March 1919
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0418-ref18

Cdr. John H. Towers' Progress Reports

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
February-April 1919
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0418-ref19

Cdr. George C. Westervelt's Progress Reports

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
February-April 1919
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0418-ref20

Report: Investigation of the fire in the NC Hanger

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
May 5, 1919
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0418-ref21

C-3 Airship: Proposed Transatlantic Flight

Collection Creator:
Smith, Richard K.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1918-1919
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Reels of microfilm are available for review upon request.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to ue NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Smith], Acc. XXXX-0418, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
50th Anniversary of the NC-4 Transatlantic Flight Collection [Richard K. Smith]
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0418-ref22

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