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San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
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Collections with online items: 74
Physical collections: 112
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Addems (Walter) Personal Papers

This collection contains approximately 5 linear inches of papers covering Walter J. Addems long, successful life of flying and achievements. He began flying at a very early age and was a member of the famous Early Birds. He was integral...

 
Air France Menu Collection

This collection contains menus from Air France flights between Paris and Los Angeles and between Paris and Buenos Aires during the 1980s.

 
Alfonte (James) Special Collection

This collection contains the personal papers of Brig. Gen. James Alfonte. The bulk of the material relates to his aviation career during World War I.

American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) Special Collection

This series contains various correspondences, articles, documents, reunion yearbooks, etc. relating to the American Volunteer Group (AVG), known as the “Flying Tigers.”

 
Army Air Corp. Air Mail Accidents: February-April 1934 Special Collection

This collection contains correspondence relating to Air Mail accidents in spring 1934.

 
Arnold, (George B.) Personal Papers

In 1937, George Arnold was in Shien Chaio, China to build an aircraft factory. This collection was assembled by the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Central Aircraft (CAMCO) was located in Shien Chaio, China. This collection contains photographs of...

 
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Babb (Charles H.) Personal Papers

This collection contains correspondence, prototypes, blueprints and other documents from Charles Harding Babb, founder of The Babb Company.

Babcock (Philip) Special Collection

Philip Babcock served with the 88th Aero Squadron in the First World War. This Collection documents his life and the history of the squadron.

Bahl (Errold) Personal Papers

Errold G. Bahl (EGB, October 26, 1894 – October 26, 1930) was one of the early birds of aviation, an aircraft pilot, mechanic, barnstormer, and entrepreneur. He attended the School of Military Aeronautics, flew in Latin America, was a mentor...

Balchen (Bernt) Personal Papers

This collection contains the papers of Bernt Balchen, a renowned cold-weather aviator.

Ballard (Stan V.) Personal Photo Collection

Stan V. Ballard served with the 100th Bomb Group during the Second World War. He was a crew member on Boeing B-17 Fortresses.

Balsley (Horace Clyde) Personal Papers

Primarily, this collection focuses on Balsley’s service as a member of the Lafayette Escadrille. A significant item is a reprint of Balsley’s war-time diary. This collection contains many newspaper clippings concerning injuries sustained when his airplane was shot down in...

 
Baross (James P.) Personal Papers

The James Phillip Baross Personal Papers contains documents and objects relating to and collected by Baross during his service as a flight radio operator in World War II.

Best (Lloyd) Personal Photo Collection

Lloyd best appears to have worked at Prudden aircraft and possibly Ryan in San Diego.

Blaine (Miles) Personal Papers

Miles Blaine (1913-2009) was a long time San Diego resident and photographer for SDASM. His collection features 860+ photographs from 1935 to 1952, related to aviation and a growing San Diego. He began to volunteer at the San Diego Air...

Bogan (Gerald F.) Special Collection

This collection contains military orders, papers, photographs and artifacts relating to the career of Adm. Gerald F. Bogan of the U.S. Navy.

Boucher (Roland A.) Personal Papers

Roland A. Boucher, engineer and inventor who founded AstroFlights, which worked with electric-powered radio controlled aircraft and developed the world's first solar-powered aircraft. This is a collection pertaining photographs, slides, measurements, correspondence, articles on AstroFlight, Hughes Aircraft solar aircraft transparencies,...

 
Brown, Mort

This collection contains materials related to the life and work of Mort W. Brown (1908- ), the first (retired) Chief Pilot of Production Flight Test with the Cessna Aicraft Company, working from 1937 to 1972.

 
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Caroline JFK Campaign Aircraft

This collection details the technical life of President John F. Kennedy’s campaign aircraft, the Caroline, which was the first private aircraft used exclusively for campaigning by an American presidential candidate. The collection includes correspondence and notes kept by the Caroline’s...

 
Casson, Norman Personal Papers

Norman Howard Casson has spent his technical career of six decades in aerospace. This collection contains photographs and text materials related to Casson's work, with the bulk related to his work on NASA's manned luanr missions, "Project Apollo".

 
China National Aviation Corporation Collection

China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) was founded as a partnership between Curtiss Aircraft and the Chinese Nationalist Government in 1929. This Collection contains a Pass Down Log from CNAC. The pass down log in this collection is a written communication...

Churchill (Fred B) Personal Papers

Fred Churchill was involved with Ryan Aeronautical and served as the official Federal Aviation Agency representative for the Ryan Navion program. This Collection contains material relating to his life and Ryan Aeronautical.

 
Cloud (Benjamin) Personal Papers

Captain Benjamin Cloud was a U.S. Navy pilot who worked in reconnaissance at various stages of his long career, including on the cusp of the Vietnam War. Eventually he would be assigned command of that unit making him one of...

 
Cochran (Jacqueline) Special Collection

This collection contains papers relating to Jacqueline Cochran's distinguished aviation career. Cochran earned her pilot's license in 1932 and went on to help form the Women Airforce Service Pilots group during World War II.

 
Convairiety Newsletters

This collection contains the full run of Convairiety, the company newsletter of Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation (Convair).

Courtney (Frank T.) Personal Papers

Frank Courtney started his aviation career in 1913, flying in World War I, World War II, and serving in commercial and military aviation for decades. His collection contains IDs, passports, and journals from 1922-1971.

Crum (Lawrence C.) Personal Papers

Lawrence Crum received his U.S. Navy Aviator wings in 1942 and served on the USS Ranger during WWII & Korean War. The collection contains numerous photographs of the USS Ranger, certificates and personal documents.

 
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De Carlo (Zilda) Personal Papers

Zilda De Carlo was born July 2, 1913 in North Hollywood, California. She was the youngest of four children to Frank and Vincenza (Dinino) De Carlo. Their sons, Ray, Bill, and Nick, also served in the Armed Forces. Zilda enrolled...

 
Denbo (Richard M.) Personal Papers

Richard M. Denbo was born on March 10, 1897 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Denbo served as an aviation engine mechanic. He transferred his interest as an auto mechanic to aircraft engines when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps...

 
Doolittle (General James H.) Personal Papers

Gen. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle was a profound presence in aviation: from his U.S. Army Air Corps service to his groundbreaking instrument-only flight to leading of the Doolittle Raid during World War II.

Duncan (Lee Francis) Personal Papers

Lee Francis Duncan was a member of the early U.S. air mail crews. He also flew for United Airlines and was a member of the Army during World War II.

Dunkel (Joseph R.) Personal Papers

Joseph J. Dunkel was a veteran parachute jumper and pilot, flying various aircraft from gliders to four-engine bombers. This Collection includes photos documenting Dunkel's life in Aviation.

 
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Eighth Air Force Strategic & Tactical US Army Air Forces Collection

The Eighth Air Force was formed in 1942 and specialized in daylight precision bombing. The collection consists of a photographic book containing a narrative, ranging from the years 1943 to 1945.

 
Emery (Thomas Parker) Personal Papers

Thomas Parker Emery - a local community college art instructor, mural painter, designer, and sculptor - was commissioned to restore the March of Transportation murals painted by Juan Larrinaga in the Ford Building, which currently houses the San Diego Air...

Eugene P. Rankin Personal Papers

Eugene P. Rankin was born in 1916. He graduated from the Naval Academy at Pensacola, Florida, in 1941. In 1943, he served in World War 2 in the Pacific Theater. There he was the commanding officer in a “Black Cat...

 
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F-105 Special Collection

The F-105F was a supersonic fighter bomber used by the United States Air Force. The F-105F was the third F-105 in production and the F-105G would later be modified from the F-105F. This Collection details the demonstration of the F-105...

 
Famme (Joseph H.) Collection

Joseph H. Famme was a prominent contributor to the growth of the aerospace industry, especially in San Diego. The collection consists of engineering proposals, reports, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, as well as other documents related to the design of major...

Fife (Ray B.) Personal Papers

Raymond B. Fife (March 26, 1900 – 1982) was a pioneer mechanic of aviation. Growing up in Venice, CA, he was exposed to the world of aviation from an early age. This Collection details his life in aviation and includes...

Fischer (Harold E.) Personal Papers

This collection contains the personal papers of Harold E. Fischer, who was an Air Force pilot during the Korean War. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war from 1953-1955.

 
Fisher (Harold Albert) Special Collection

This collection contains the personal papers of Harold Albert Fisher. Fisher was in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He then worked for the Marquardt Corporation and Grumman Aircraft Corporation.

Fodor (Andrew) Personal Papers

The collection contains Andrew Fodor's personal collection of papers, letters and photos primarily relates to his involvement in the Mutual Aircraft Service.

 
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General Dynamics Convair Environmental Impact Report Collection

General Dynamics Corporation (GD) is an American aerospace and defense company established through a series of acquisitions and mergers, forming in 1952 through the combination of the Electric Boat Company, Consolidated-Vultee (Convair) and many others. The Division’s Lindbergh Field plant...

Gibbon (Elwyn Herbert) Personal Papers

Elwyn Herbert Gibbon had a very distinctive career instructing Chinese how to fly. This Collection documents his life in aviation.

Gildred (Theodore E.) Personal Papers

Theodore Edmonds Gildred was born on October 18, 1935, in Mexico City; the second of four children of real estate developer Theodore Gildred and Maxine Edmonds Gildred. His greatest aeronautical achievement was duplicating his father’s 1931 Goodwill Flight from San...

Gildred (Theodore) Personal Papers

Theodore Gildred (1900-1967) was born on May 12, 1900, in Rochester, New York. His parents moved to South America in 1905, and he was educated in Argentina and Ecuador. Theodore Gildred’s collection primarily consists of documents relating to his Ecuador...

 
Gillespie (Norton A.) Personal Papers

Staff Sargent Norton Amos Gillespie was born in Compton, California. He attended Compton Union High School. He joined the Army Air Corps in December 1942 and reported for duty on January 5, 1943.

 
Global Airline Luggage Labels Special Collection

This collection contains luggage labels from a variety of global airlines. The majority of the labels date from before World War II.

Gordon (Donald H.) Personal Papers

Donald H. Gordon was an earlier aviator from San Diego. Items in this collection, from 1909 to 1968, with one article from 1982, include biographies on Donald H. Gordon, correspondence, affidavits, notes, newspaper clippings, and photographs and relate to his...

 
Grumman F3F-2

The materials in this collection relate to the restoration of a salvaged Grumman F3F-2 that was restored by San Diego Aerospace Museum staff and volunteers in 1990.

 
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Hallett (George E.A.) Special Collection

This collection contains personal material relating to the career of Maj. George Hallett. Hallett was an engineer who worked with Glenn Curtis on early airplanes in San Diego. He was in the Army Air Service during World War I. After...

Hanlon (Ralph W.) Personal Papers

Ralph W. Hanlon was born on July 31, 1923 in Springfield, MA. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and served on USS Cabot (CVL 28). He retired as a veteran of World War II, the Korean War...

Haw (Harry H.) Personal Papers

Harry Haw served the U.S. Army as a pilot in the 514th Observation Squadron from 1917 to about 1930, after which he became a civilian transport pilot before moving to San Diego, CA, and becoming a science teacher. This Collection...

Heron (Sam D.) Personal Papers

Sam Heron was an aviation engineer, technician, and inventor who helped to develop the first successful air-cooled engine systems, as well as making various other notable contributions to the field. This collection contains materials related to his life.

Hester (James H.) Personal Papers

James Harvey Hester was a Stunt Flyer who was associated with the famous Hollywood Black Cats. He served in the USAAS at Kelly Field, TX briefly during WWI then returned to Venice. He was a test and stunt pilot in...

Hickman (James Burr) Personal Papers

Letters, documents and artifacts from James Burr Hickman, a member of the Army Air Corps in World War I who was killed in an air accident in Germany after the war.

Hill (Charles) Special Collection

The Charles A. Hill personal papers contain materials relating primarily to Hill's military career during World War I as an Army Air Service pilot and aviation instructor at the 3rd Aviation Instruction Center.

Hoffman-Russell Parachute Company Corporate Records

The Hoffman-Russell Parachute Company was founded by James M. Russell and Major Edward L. Hoffman, both of whom helped design first parachute at McCook Flying Field in Dayton, Ohio, which was adopted by the Army Air Corps.

 
Horton Wingless V-16 Special Collection

The Horton Wingless aircraft was invented by William Horton of Huntington Beach, California in 1952. He called the strange-looking plane “wingless” because he claimed the entire craft was a simple air foil with vertical fins and utilized all surfaces for...

 
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Jackson (Parker H.) Personal Papers

Parker H. Jackson was the biographer Richard S. Requa, the master architect of the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935. This Collection includes documents from Jackson's studies of Requa.

 
Jarmuth (Hilda) Personal Papers

Little is known about Hilda Jarmuth, an early aviatrix who was born on November 22, 1900. She may have been a member of the Ninety-Nines Club, which was founded on November 2, 1929, for the mutual support and advancement of...

John J. Montgomery Personal Papers

John J. Montgomery was born in Yuba City, California on February 15, 1858. He attended St. Ignatius College and received a degree in physics. In 1883 he moved from Oakland, CA, to his family’s ranch on Otay Mesa. He began...

Johnson (John Thad) Personal Papers

J. Thad Johnson was a WWI navy pilot in training for most of WWI. After the war he participated in the first transcontinental flight from New York to San Francisco and other aviation feats.

 
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Kantner (Harold DeWolf) Personal Collection

This collection contains the personal papers of Harold DeWolf Kantner. Kantner was an early aviation pioneer who did a lot of work with flying boats.

 
Karaberis (Constanatine) Personal Papers

The Rear Admiral Constantine A. Karaberis Personal Papers contains items related primarily to Karaberis' career in the United States Navy from 1935 to 1969, commanding several bases and ships.

Keith (Alexander Perkins) Personal Papers

This collection contains papers relating to A.P. Keith. The papers include documents about a patent Keith received in 1870 for a flying machine.

Kerley (Robert V.) Personal Papers

Robert Kerley was an engineer at Wright Field, specifically researching, creating, and managing the production of lubricates and fuels through the 1930s until his retirement in 1970. Afterwhich he worked extensively on the autobiography of Sam D. Heron.

Kerns (Thaddeus S.) Personal Papers

Thaddeus Kerns was born in Santa Ana, California on June 5, 1894, and died in a plane crash on July 15, 1913. At a very young age, he built a full-sized plane with his own hands, with the exception of...

 
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Lech (Andrew F.) Personal Papers

Andrew Lech was an aviation model maker. His highly detailed models have been displayed at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and the San Diego Air & Space Museum. His models date back to the 1920s.

 
Lowry (Louis) Personal Papers

The Louis M. Lowry Personal Papers is composed of a small collection of photographs and documents from Lowry's military training in the U.S. Army Air Corps and his civilian career with North American Rockwell from 1943 to 1975.

 
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Macaulay (Theodore C.) Personal Papers

Theodore Maculay was a student at the Curtiss Aviation School and was an employee and member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. As flight instructor, Macaulay regularly submitted names and validations for students to receive certification from the Aero Club...

Martin (Willard) Personal Papers

Willard Martin served as Director of Public Relations for Convair in the 1970s.

 
Martin Willard (special collection)

This collection contains the personal collection of Willard Martin, Convair Director of Public Relations. The collection includes photographs and other documents related to Convair operation and company literature, such as newsletters. There are also prints of Convair aircraft, and some...

McGinnis (Captain Knefler) Personal Papers

Capt. Knefler McGinnis served in the U.S. Navy from 1912 to 1946, having been trained as a naval aviator and serving aboard several naval destroyers and making several flight records.

McMullin (Chester) Personal Papers

Chester C. McCullin was born in 1924. He was a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force during World War II.

Morlan (Fred H.) Personal Papers

Fred H. Morlan, born July 28, 1883, enlisted as a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Service on May 16, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois. He was sent to March Field pilot school and tested to become a pilot on July 12,...

Moser (Leslie Grimes) Personal Papers

Leslie Grimes Moser was a flight attendant for Capitol International Airways in 1969. Capitol Airways, a charter airline from the United States, was founded by former Army Air Corps pilots following the end of World War II.

 
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Neufeld (Vernon K.) Personal Papers

Vernon K. Neufeld was born on August 30, 1922 in Reedley County, Fresno California. Vernon was married to Marjorie Catlin and had two children. He served in the 8th Air Force in World War Two and became a POW.

Northrop Grumman Capistrano Test Site Special Collection

This collection contains documents relating to the Capistrano Test Site used by Northrop Grumman from 1963.

 
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Parunak (Capt. Aram Yervant Dick) Personal Papers

Capt. Aram Y. (Dick) Parunak, USN (1910–2007) was a U.S. Navy pilot during World War II, who became the first pilot to land and takeoff on Greenland’s ice cap during the rescue of the crew of a crashed B-17. In...

Patrol Squadron 13 (VP-13) Special Collection

The VP-13 was a Tactical Training Squadron featuring aircraft such as the Consolidated PB2Y (various models). Of particular importance in this collection is the XPB2Y-1 Coronado known as “Blue Goose.” Originally designed as a patrol bomber, PB2Ys were eventually used...

Pavey (Robert F.) Personal Papers

Robert F. Pavey was born in 1928 in Vernal, Utah. He joined the Navy and served in the Navy Photographic Section.

Pearl Harbor Dispatches Special Collection

On the morning of December 7, 1941, there was a surprise Japanese military strike against the US naval base, Pearl Harbor, in Oahu, Hawaii. This Collection contains dispatches reporting on the attack.

Perdomo (Maj. Oscar F.) Personal Papers

Major Oscar Perdomo flew a P-47 Thunderbolt with the 464th fighter squadron, 507th fighter Group USAAF in the Pacific Theater, where he became the last “Ace in a Day” of WWII.

 
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Renison (William H.) Personal Papers

William H. Renison (October 29, 1906 – May 1, 1955) had a diverse background of aircraft industrial occupations, but mostly within the managerial positions. He attended the University of Michigan in 1928 and graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering....

 
Ruckstell (Glover Edwin) Personal Papers

This collection contains the personal papers of G.E. Ruckstell. He was involved in early design and manufacturing of both automobiles and airplanes.

 
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Sanders (Rear Admiral Eddie R.) Personal Papers

During September 1942, World War II Rear Admiral Eddie R. Sanders was a Lt. Commander at NAS Anacostia working as a test pilot. Early that month he received orders to precede to NAS San Diego to examine and test fly...

 
Schult (Wilhelm F.) Personal Papers

Wilhelm Schult was a designer and researcher at Ryan Aeronautical who, in the 1930s, began his own independent research into the flying wing aircraft design.

Schwarzer (Donald Everett) Personal Papers

Schwarzer served in the Eighth Air Force 392nd Bomb Group during World War II. He flew various missions, including 23 over Germany, receiving a Purple Heart and Air Medal.

Seeman (Louis M.) Personal Papers

Louis M. Seeman was trained and taught at the Curtiss School of Aviation in San Diego, CA, until being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant for the U.S. Army Air Service, where he saw service in WWI.

Sefton (Thomas W.) Personal Papers

Thomas W. Sefton was in the US Air Corps and President at the San Diego Bank and Trust.

Seifert (Frank W.) Personal Papers

Col. Frank Walter Seifert, (September 29, 1896 – December 1, 1977) was an aviation pioneer and a veteran of World War II. He was on the team which preformed the first aerial refueling.

 
Shropshire (Helen S.) Personal Papers

Helen Shropshire obtained her private pilot's license from Artie Clay in Monterey, California in 1956. She would become a member of the 99s and compete in the Powder Puff Derby.

 
Sim (Thomas III) Personal Papers

Thomas Sim, III was born February 23, 1921. He would work for Canadair and Rockwell International. He also was a member of the Utility Airplane Council.

Smith (Francis O.) Personal Papers

Francis Smith was WWII pilot who flew 'over the Hump' - the route over the Himalayas between India and China. He received various accolades and after his service, he worked at the FAA from 1962 to 1998.

Smith (Kenneth) Personal Papers

Kenneth Smith has had a distinguished 43-year career in both the aerospace/electronics industry and in public service, working with Convair and serving as a naval aviator during WWII.

 
Smothers (Hazel) Special Collection

The Hazel Smothers Personal Papers contains materials relating to Hazel Smothers (1929-), a woman with a long history in private flying. She copiloted her Cessna 172 to a first-in-class finish at the 1969 Powder Puff Derby air race and flew...

Steinway and Sons Corporate Papers

Steinway and Sons was a piano manufacturer who built wooden gliders during the Second World War.

Stetz (Frank) Personal Papers

Frank Stetz was born in Iron River, Michigan and served in the US Navy as Chief Boatswain’s Mate, retiring after twenty years as Warrant Officer.

Submersible Seaplane Special Collection

The U.S. Navy had declared the submersible seaplane feasible and began funding experiments for its creation in 1964. The collection of notes from Charles Roe Tuttle, a San Diego based engineer, explain the feasibility of this craft, as well as...

 
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Thorley (Onita Topping) Personal Papers

Onita Thorley Topping, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Thorley of Cedar City, UT, was a popular and noted pilot of the 1930s. She learned to fly at the Von Hoffman School of Aviation at Lambert Field in St....

Timm (Wally) Personal Papers

Wall D. Timm was an aviation mechanic and a Signal Corps instructor. Then during the 1920s, he became a barnstormer and Hollywood stunt pilot. After WWII, he worked for Beechcraft.

 
Tschirgi (Joseph) Personal Papers

Joseph Mathew Tschirgi served in the Army Air Corps and was later was involved in the development of Rockets and Missiles.

 
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United Press Wire Dispatches Special Collection

This collection consists of United Press wire dispatches from World War II, covering a wide range of wartime topics including military news, war production (primarily of aircraft), women and industry, accidents. The topics covered issues primarily in the United States...

 
U.S. Navy & Gliding Collection

This collection of over 90 color slides was accumulated during the career of an unknown U.S. Navy officer. The slides span roughly twenty years, from pilot’s training at NAS Pensacola in 1945 to an assignment to weather squadron VW-3 in...

USS Enterprise Special Collection

The USS Enterprise (CV-6) was a 19,800-ton Yorktown class aircraft carrier and the seventh U.S. Navy vessel to bear the name.

 
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Waldorf (Howard) Personal Papers

The Howard Waldorf Personal Papers containns materials relating to and/or written by Waldorf. He was a prominent aviation journalist in the San Francisco Bay area following his service as a test pilot in World War I.

Wallace (Fred) Personal Papers

Fred Wallace served in the US Navy as a Naval Enlisted Pilot (NAP) and was instrumental in the development and testing of drones and UAVs.

White (Henry) Personal Papers

Commander Henry James White (1892-1962) was a naval aviator, linguist, translator, inventor, flight instructor and Commander of Naval Air Station Ream Field.

 
Willaims (James) Personal Papers

The James Stephen Williams Personal Papers contains materials relating to his military training and service as a flight navigator for the United States Army Air Corps and Air Force in the Pacific Theater of World War Two.

Williams (Robert M.) Personal Papers

Robert Williams served as a pilot for the U.S. Army during World War I, after which he held multiple aviation jobs and continued to serve in the Reserve in World War II as a Colonel.

Wilson (Charles Richard) Personal Papers

This collection contains materials from the personal collection of Charles Richard Wilson. Wilson was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was shot down over the North Sea and captured and held as a...

 
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Yellin, Jerome

This collection contains many photographs, records, and news articles about Jerome (Jerry) Yellin and his experiences as a World War II pilot. It also contains some spectacular items, such as a story depicting Yellin as a modern Maccabee pilot, a...