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Air-Log
TheUniversityof Texas
at
Dallas
The History
of
Aviation Collection
The
CAT/Air
America ArchivesTheJames
H.
Doolittle Library TIle
George
H. Williams Library 
eptember1996
History
of
Aviation CollectionNow
on
the
Internet
The
UTD
History
of
Aviation Collection
(HAC)
was
put
on
the
world
wide
web on July
8,
1996 when a site was
designed
by
KennethG.
Madden
oftbc
University
of
NorthTexas. The first
collectionmadeavailable was
the
exten
sive
Admira1
C.E. Rosendahllighter
than-air file.
Other
files
on
line include
theBraniff Photo ArchiveandDoolittle
Remembered,1896-1993.
Soon
to followwill
be
guides
tothe
CAT-Air
America Archives,the
George
H.
Wil
liamsWorld
War
ICollection and
Doolittle correspondence files. Guides
to
other Special Collections
are
in work.
The HAC
is indebted to the Aviation!Space Writers
Foundation
fora specialgrant
of
$5.000
to install a site andpurchasea
scanner which provides
thecapability
10
enter
all the files that
have
been accessed
over
the years.
The
HAC
internet
site
is
Quote from the HAC World
War
I Collection
The
following item
was
found in
one
of
the
many
interestingWorld
War
Iperiodicalsin the
HAC
files:"Previous
mention
has
been made
of
theFrenchmoustache.al
though
of
asomewhat detrimental nature. Its virtuesmust, however,beenumerated. espe cially sincetheC.O. has advisedtheir cultivation
by
young lieutenantsand
other
fliers.
It
has
been
found that
if
alittlestrongcheeseisrubbed into the moustache cach morning, the resultingstimulation
of
lhe sense
of
smell willlendto the wearer an air
ofhaughtincss
and distinction.
most
fittingtothe birdman.
The
moustache also
makes
an
excellent
carner
for an emergency ration.
On
longflights one may.
by
careful use
of
one's
tongue, remove
the
frozenfoodparticlesandsmall
soup
icicles, thereby gaining considerablenourishment. "
Doolittle
Squadron
Growing
The
DoolittleSquadron,in the qucsttoenlist
500
members,nowhas 225members.
Those
who donate
$100
(taxdeductible) to the Doolittle
Endowment
Fund receive a unique certificate suitable for framing.Nomore wilJ beissued after the
500
th
squadron
member
is enlisted.
Air America Association's1996 Dallas Meeting
Over
300
Air
AmericaAssociationveterans reunited in Dallas
on
May
31June 2, 1996.A
major
reason formeetingin Dallas was so the
300members
attending could visittheassociation archives intheHistory
of
AviationCollection.
One
of
the highlights
during
thelibraryvisit was thetalkbyJamesParker, a
fonner
"customer"
of
Air Americaservices and
author
of
CodeName Mule,abookabouthis experiences inLaos. Milton Bludworth,an
HAC
volunteerwhoisa curator for the
Air
Amcricaarchivcs, expressedhishigh regard forthe
fonner
Air America employees withaheartfeltpersonal tribute
fortheir
bravery, dedication and patriotism.
At
the banquet,Association Presidcnt Brian Johnson presented a donation
of
$5,000tothe
CAT/Air
America Endow
mentFund
which
is used tomaintain thearchives. Highlight
of
the
banquet
was apowerful.insightfultalk
by
fonner
Am
bassador
to Laos,
Thomas
Sullivan. He
gavebackground
and context to theAmerican effortinSoutheast Asiaand
explained
how
decisionswere
made
amid the complexity
of
the situationsthat arose in the diplomatic world.Dr. Larry D. Sail, Associate Library
Director
for Special Collections, expressed
the University's
gratitude andhis personal appreciation forthesupportprovided
by
the
Air
America
Associa
~
tionanditsmembers.
The
Associationwill meet next yearinCocoa Beach,Florida.
Glen
Gilbert Air
Traffic ControlRecords
Sixty
boxes
of
writings and researchdata
of
the lateGl
en
A. Gilbert, founderandfirstdirector
of
the
Civil AeronauticsAuthority
(now Federal
AviationAdministration) airtrafficcontrol system,were donated
by
his
son
GordonGilbertin the 1980s.
These
importantpapers,
not
yetcataloged record thehis tory
of
airtrafficcontrol for bothfixed and rotary wing aircraft fromthe 1930s.
An
equal opportunity/affirmative actionuniversity
 
RFC AccidentReport,1917
A Royal Flying Corpsmajordamaged a Nieuport Scout extensively during a takeoff, and the court
of
inquiryfound that the pilot wasguilty
of
carelessness and poor ainnanship.
The
Commandant General was not so convincedand orderedtheboard reconvened.An exhaustive inql\iryinto meteorological
conditions ontheday
of
the accident
revealed thatthepilothad unfortunately
beenauthorizedto fly his aircraft
on
a
day
whentherewas absolutely
no
lift
in
theair and
thererore
could not
be
heldresponsible fortheaccident.Inits new report. thecourtcongratu lated the majoronhis reprieveandalso on hisengagementto the CommandantGeneral's daughter, whichhadbeen announcedshortly before the accident.
Bill
Lear's
Papers On Hand
Doe
of
the
major
additions to
theHis
---
lory-ofAv-ation-Gollectian-was the
gift
~
-
fromMrs.
Maya
Lear
of
the personalpapers and records
of
her late husbandWilliam
P.
"Bill" Lear. These documents containinfonnation about
Lear's
important avionic developments, hismore than 150 patents and designs
oflhe
Learstar,Lcarjetand Learfan aircraft, aswell as the original design
of
the Challenger.Among
Lear's
inventions were thefirst practical direction finder for airplanes, the first automatic pilot forjets, an automatic landingsystem,forjetsand theeight-tracktape.
Aviation Book Sale
The History
of
AviationCollectionhas hundreds
of
WW
I,
WW II andgeneralaviationbookson continuous sale.
manyofthcm
rare. Theseare duplicates
of
booksalready onthe HACshelves. The income is used to purchasearchivalsuppliesand newly-publishcdaviationbooks.
Two
catalogs listing thebooksforsale are available. Onelists the
WWI
books;theother, WWII and generalaviationtitles.Send $2.00foreach
or
$3.00
for
both.ClaraAdams
Clara
AdamsCollectionAvail ablefor Study
Considered the world's champion FirstFlighter, Clara Adams claimed that shewasa passenger
on
more first flightsthan anyone else. She was
on
the firstflight
of
the
GrafZeppclin
to the UnitedStates from
Gennany
in1928,the
fLrst
trip
of
the J-{indenbcrg to the U.S. in1936 and made the first flights across thePacific and Atlanticina Pan Am Clipper. Shewasaboard the firstcommercial flight from New York to
Bennuda,
thefirstStratoliner from New York to LosAngeles,and the firstClip
per
betweenSanFrancisco and New Zealand. Shewasalsothe firstwomanto fly across the Atlantic in a lighter-than-aircraft.
In
1939. she set a newpassengerrecordfor round-the-world flight by regular airlines
of
16
days,
19
hours. five minutesandcovered29,609mileswith
13
stops.
The
Clara Adams collection consists
of
newsclips, photos andletters.An avidphilatelist,there
is
a collection
of
firstflightand first
day
covers,theitinerary
of
herround-the-world flight, andcopies
of
speeches about
her
firstflightadventures. The materials span the yearsfrom1919 to 1967.
The
Goebbels Diary Reveals Early Atomic Research 
The diary
of
Joseph Goebbels, Hitler' spropaganda minister, reveals an interesting entry that is in the original Ger
man
language andwasnot translatedinto an Englishversion.In theentry for March
25.1942,
hewrote:
"I
havereceiveda report about thelatestresults
of
Gennan
science.
The
research inthefield
of
atomsmashinghasprogressedso far thatitsresults. under certain circumstances, could havean effect
on
the
conductoflhe
war. With_the smallest amount
of
matterS
Wh
an
_immense destructi ve effectcanresultthat
one
couldregard the course
of
thewar.
ifitlastslonger,
and laterwars, witha certain horror.
Modem
tec1mologygives
man
access to means
of
destruction which are unimaginable.
Gennan
scienceishere in thelead,andit isalso necessary that we arefirstin this area, forwhoever brings revolutionary newtechnology to this war has a greaterchance
of
winning it."
Wine burgh Philatelic CollectionIncludes Air Mail Materials
The late
H.
Harold Wineburgh,awellknown Texas advertising pioneer,established theWineburghPhilatelicRe searchLibraryat UTDin 1976.Itspur poseis topromotenotonly philatelic research butalsoto inspirealove
of
leamingthroughphilatel
y.
Wineburgh'sinitial donation
of
his collection
ofvalu-
ablestampswas sold to obtain current
subscrip
tionsto
over
100 philatelic
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