Lieutenant Frank Stuart Patterson License and Badges
Lieutenant Frank Stuart Patterson (1896--1918) served with the US Army Air Service's Officers' Reserve Corps. Patterson was killed in a crash at Wilbur Wright Field while testing a machine gun synchronization method in a de Havilland (Airco) D.H.4. In 1931, the Fairfield Air Depot was renamed Patterson Field in his honor. This field was later subsumed into Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This collection consists of Patterson's pilot's license, two passes to Dayton Wright Airplane Co. facilities, and his Aero Club of America membership card.
Wright Brothers First Flight Story Collection [Moore]
This collection consists of approximately 1.78 cubic feet of material pertaining to Harry P. Moore and newspaper coverage of the Wright Brothers first flight on December 17, 1903.
Thomas Towle Ford Tri-Motor Collection
This collection consists of material gathered by Towle to support his claim as the designer of the Ford Tri-Motor. The material consists of the following: newspaper and magazine articles; pamphlets; photographs pertaining to the history of the aircraft and its role in early air transportation; drawings; early flight test reports …
William Carl Diehl Collection
2.52 Linear feet
This collection consists of biographical information, business records, information on the aviation organizations with which Diehl was involved, aviation material collected by Diehl, and information on flight, events, and aviation accidents.
Wright Field Technical Documents Library
The collection consists of reports and other documents on a variety of aviation-related topics, including general science (aeronautics, physics, chemistry, etc); military air service personnel, organization, and equipment for both US and foreign air forces; as well as operations, and so on. Information on foreign services and equipment is usually …
Robert Love Collection
This collection consists of 3 cubic feet of materials relating to Robert Love's career in aviation: both his military career, especially relating to his exploits in the Korean War; and his civilian career, most notably his time as a test pilot with Northrop and his involvement with the Reno Air Races …
Fokker C-2, Civil America Christening Album
The Fokker C-2, Civil America was intended to be a contender for the $25,000 prize offered by New York hotel owner Raymond Orteig to the first aviator to fly an aircraft directly across the Atlantic between New York and Paris. The aircraft was sponsored by Rodman Wanamaker and the crew consisted of Richard Evelyn Byrd, Bertrand Blanchard "Bert" Acosta, George Otto Noville, and Bernt Balchen. This album contains photos and authenticating information relating to the christening of the aircraft.
Charles M. Manly Papers
This collection consists of material relating to Manly's aeronautical career, specifically his work with Samuel Langley's Aerodrome. The material consists of programs, publications, newspaper clippings, work notebooks, waste books, (mostly letterpress) and correspondence between Manly and the aviation and Smithsonian communities, circa 1885-1925. Correspondents include the following personalities: Glenn Curtiss, Carl Myers, Charles Walcott, Frank Lahm, Cyrus Adler, Augustus Post, and Samuel Langley.
A. Scott Crossfield Papers
This collection consists of over nine cubic feet of material documenting Scott Crossfield's aviation career, with emphasis on his involvement with the North American X-15. The following types of material are included: correspondence; reel to reel tapes; papers, manuscripts; newspaper and magazine clippings; aviation manuals; photographs; film; and Crossfield's notes and reports.
Waterman (W. D.) 1932 B Whatsit (X12272) Drawings
The Waterman (W. D.) 1932 B Whatsit (X12272) was a tailless airplane designed by Waldo Waterman to be as easy for the average person to fly as it was to drive an automobile. Paul R. Matt was a draftsman and acquaintance of Waldo Waterman who contacted the National Air Museum in 1964 and offered to produce drawings of the Waterman (W. D.) 1932 B Whatsit (X12272) and Waterman (Arrowplane) Arrowbile Prototype (X262Y) with Waterman's input and approval. This collection consists of two three-view drawings of the Waterman (W. D.) 1932 B Whatsit (X12272) by Paul R. Matt.