Windecker Projects Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0176
Creators:
Windecker, Leo J., 1921-
Dates:
1917-1966
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2.18 Cubic Feet
(2 records center boxes)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection contains research data from Windecker's experiments with composites. The material includes market evaluations of the light aircraft manufacturing industry, and reports from the 1940s concerning the use of wood in aircraft production. The collection also includes correspondence between Dr. Windecker and Dow as well as project records.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
In the years following World War II, Dr Leo J Windecker (1921- ) worked for the Dow Chemical Co as a dentist in one of their company clinics. Windecker became interested in aircraft structures and began to research and design plastic aircraft forms. Eventually Dow saw promise in his designs and sent Dr. Windecker to Hondo, Texas in the mid-1960s where he was placed in charge of an experimental research laboratory, Windecker Research Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dow Chemicals. There he experimented with composite materials and developed aircraft structures built completely from them.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
No donor information, Gift, unknown, XXXX-0176, unknown

General
General
NASMrev

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Conditions Governing Use
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

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Composite materials Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Commercial Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics -- Research Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Publications Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Windecker, Leo J., 1921- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dow Chemical Company Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dow Chemical Company. Windecker Research Inc. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
NASMRefDesk@si.edu
http://airandspace.si.edu/research/resources/archives/