Tallmantz Aviation records

Special Collections
Margaret Herrick Library © 2014

Descriptive Summary

Title: Tallmantz Aviation records
Date (inclusive): 1949-1986
Date (bulk): 1960s-1970s
Collection number: 107
Creator: Tallmantz Aviation, Inc.
Extent: 15 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Tallmantz Aviation records, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Acquired: 1991


Tallmantz Aviation, Inc., was formed in 1961 by pilots Frank G. Tallman (1919-1978) and Paul Mantz (1903-1965). Its motion picture industry services included modern and antique aircraft rental, aerial photography, aerial stunts, location spotting, mockups, props, research, and charters. The company was based at the Orange County (now John Wayne) Airport in Santa Ana, California. Tallmantz Aviation ceased operations around 1991.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Tallmantz Aviation records span the years 1949-1986 (bulk 1960s-1970s) and encompass 15 linear feet. The collection contains business records that document the services of Tallmantz Aviation and Paul Mantz Air Services for more than 100 motion pictures. Aircraft employed, financial and billing information, correspondence, consultation, and location reports are among the documents.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files; 2. Television movies, Mini-Series, Pilots, and Documentaries; 3. Television series; 4. Film and TV subject files; 5. Account files (primarily advertising, aerial photography, and industrial films); 6. Correspondence and Subject files; 7. Insurance Claims, Accidents, Lawsuits; 8. Financial files; 9. Aircraft files; 10. Miscellaneous.

Indexing Terms

Tallmantz Aviation, Inc.
business records