Guide to the David Richard Davis Papers, ca. 1934-1945

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Guide to the David Richard Davis Papers, ca. 1934-1945

Collection number: M1305

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Special Collections staff
Date Completed:
Apr. 2002
Encoded by:
Michael G. Olson
© 2002 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Davis, David Richard, Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1934-1945
Collection number: M1305
Creator: David Richard Davis
Extent: 1.5 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Abstract: Davis was closely associated with aircraft development through the early part of the 20th century. He, together with Donald Douglas, formed the Davis Douglas Aircraft Company (much later to become McDonnell-Douglas), and formulated and built the Cloudster, the first plane to use thick wings and carry a supply heavier than its own weight. Later he was associated with the Bendix Aviation Corporation in charge of variable pitch propeller development. Davis died April 15, 1972, at age 78.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

None.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

David Richard Davis Papers. M1305. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Guggenheim Space Sciences Library (Aernautics and Astronautics Library), Stanford University.

Provenance

Transferred from the Guggenheim Space Sciences Library (Aernautics and Astronautics Library), Stanford University.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

Included are Davis's original papers and photographs for the innovative airfoil he theorized, designed, uniquely tested and finally patented. Known as the Davis Wing, it bettered performance by 20% and was used by Consolidated in production of their PBY-5 Catalina and Liberator B-24's - outstanding long-range bombers during WW II.

Access Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Davis, David Richard.
Aeronautics--History.
Airplanes--Design and construction.
Science--History.
The Cloudster (airplane)


Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Davis Material

Box 1, Folder 1

MC-4C Helicopter Specs

Box 1, Folder 1

Plane Talk, March 1944

Box 1, Folder 1

Loose Blue Prints

Box 1, Folder 2

Blue Prints, Tests, and Specs

Box 1, Folder 3

Elliptical P.F.s + #10 P.F.

Scope and Content Note

Semi and Elliptical and B Planforms (Front View) With Davis 1-1, A.5 L45° and "H" 1.35 Foils And +1-1 90°Foil
Box 1, Folder 4

Pressure Distribution

Scope and Content Note

(P Q Max)
Box 1, Folder 5

"H"O and "H"O Shrunk 60%,"S"1 and "H"l "H" 1.11 and "H"2 (Partial)"H" 1.33

Box 1, Folder 6

S-.7, S-.7 Swung 56°20'

Box 1, Folder 7

1.12-1.12 (13%)

Box 1, Folder 8

Merrill Tunnel Planforms Summer 1945

Box 1, Folder 9

Original Tracings Aerodynamic Data

Box 1, Folder 10

Newspaper Clippings and Blueprints: Blueprints, Notes, and Davis Airfoils Inc., Determination of Effective Aspect Ration Wing W1 Discussion

Box 1, Folder 11

Davis 1-1 16%

Box 1, Folder 12

Old Method A=0 B-+.25 (14.76%)

Box 1, Folder 13

Temp1ates: Davis l6%-"H"-1.35 and A.5<90°A -l-1 90º Foil shrunk vertically to 16.23%, and same shrunk vertically to 20.79%

Box 1, Folder 14

Moments

Box 1, Folder 15

Original Computations for Davis Foil Sections

Box 1, Folder 16

Specs, Blue Prints, and Clippings

Scope and Content Note

Southern Flight, March 1944, Plane Talk, May 1944
 

W.J. Waterhouse: Supply Catalogs and Notes, Copy of Patent, Davis Brodkins Aircraft Corp, U. of Washington Aeronautical Laboratory Report #197, Wind Tunnel Tests on Two Davis Airfolds

Box 1, Folder 17

Fluid Foils Patent #2, 281, 272 April 28, 1942

Box 1, Folder 17

Fluid Foils Patent #1, 942. 688 Jan 9, 1934

Box 1, Folder 18

Specs and Blue Print

Box 1

Manta Aircraft Corp, Letters Patent Improvement in Fluid Foils