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Guide to the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory Records at NARA College Park, 1939-1958
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RG255.2.2 Records of the Research Coordination Division: Ames Research Authorizations 1939-1952

Physical Description: Boxes 1 - 3

Scope and Content Note

The materials in this set of records are the Records of the Research Coordination Division. The entirety of RG255.2.2 consists of correspondence, 1915-52; technical reports, memorandums, and notes, 1916-58; reprints of reports issued during World War II ("Wartime Reports"), 1942-52; and a reference library of aeronautical literature, 1938-52. Records of the Research Administration Division, consisting of invention and patent case files, 1917-58. Correspondence of the Research and Contribution Board, 1917- 58. Records of the Research Coordination Division, consisting of research memorandums, 1946- 57; Langley Research Authorizations, 1918-48; case files relating to work accomplished at the Langley Laboratory under research authorizations, 1920-41; Ames Research Authorizations, 1941-50; and Lewis Research Authorizations, 1942-50.
The materials listed below are the records in RG255.2.2 that relate to the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, and primarily consist of correspondence between NACA headquarters and Ames about funding research during World War II.
Box 1, Folder 1

Ames Aeronautical Laboratory Miscellaneous

Box 1, Folder 2

122.1 Ames Aeronautical Laboratory Administration, Policy and Procedures

Box 1, Folder 3

122.22 Administration and Service Buildings

Box 1, Folder 4

122.32 Schedules of Tests 1949-1952

Box 1, Folder 5

122 Ames Aeronautical Laboratory

Box 1, Folder 6

Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Ames Site Selection 1939

Box 2, Folder 1

122.33 Closed Research Authorizations

Box 2, Folder 2

122.33 (A4) Inv. Full Span Flaps on Consolidated XB-32 Model

Box 2, Folder 3

122.33 Ames Research Authorizations (Misc.)

Box 2, Folder 4

122.33 (A-15) Balanced Control Services

Box 2, Folder 5

122.33 (A-26) Ice Prevention on Boeing B-17F by means of heated surfaces

Box 2, Folder 6

122.33 (A-41) Duct Design and Characteristics of Ryan XFR-1

Box 2, Folder 7

122.33 (A-99) Wind Tunnel Investigation of Aerodynamic Characteristics of North American XP-82 Airplane

Box 3, Folder 1

122.33 (A-143) YP-80 Airplane

Box 3, Folder 2

122.33 (A-117) Thermal Ice Prevention Requirements of Lockheed P-38 Airplane at High Speeds

Box 3, Folder 3

122.33 (A-69) Device for Reducing Forces on an Airplane Control Stick

Box 3, Folder 4

122.33 (A-184) Fundamental Study of Wing Leading Edge Inlets

Box 3, Folder 5

122.33 (A-164) Investigation of Compressibility Effects on Overhang-Type Control Balance

Box 3, Folder 6

122.33 (A-205)

 

RG255.4.1 Records of the Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California 1939-1967

Physical Description: Boxes 1 - 6, 6A

Scope and Content Note

Most of the materials in this set of records are located at the Pacific Region branch of the National Archives, with guides available online: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf7g5005jm and http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf5779n7mk. Materials at the Pacific Region branch include central correspondence, 1938-58; central coded correspondence; 1951-67; central research correspondence, 1943-65; central files, 1941-65. Report unit files, 1947-77. Research and development reports, 1957, and project authorizations, 1941-59. Life Science Building dedication ceremony, 1968. Records of the Unitary Plan Design Group, 1950-55. Records of the Research Instrumentation Branch, 1941-56. Records of the Photographic Branch, 1945-55. Minutes and reports of the Automatic Stabilization and Control Subcommittee and the Research Advisory Committee on Control, Guidance, and Navigation, 1954-64. Records relating to the NASA Research and Technology Advisory Subcommittee on Aircraft Operating Problems, 1961-69. Historical files, 1941-72. These materials also include sound recordings of the activities at Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, 1942-45.
Some materials, however, are located at Archives II in College Park, Maryland. Listed below are the textual records of the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory that can be found at Archives II. They include correspondence, reports, historical files, and news clippings, and they date between 1938-1958. Also found in these materials is the dedicatory remarks by Dr. W.F. Durand at the official opening of the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory in June 1944. The Don C. Wiley reports were written by Wiley, an Aviation Information Specialist at Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, from the Public Affairs Office. They include weekly reports, correspondence, and brief reports known as Major Information Activities. Daniel S. Wentz II took over duties from Wiley and continued generating reports on a weekly basis.
Box 1, Folder 1

22-1 Site for Ames 1939

Box 1, Folder 2

20-3 Aeronautical Research Facilities, Special Survey Committee on

Box 1, Folder 3

22-1 Field Station General 1941

Box 1, Folder 4

22-1 Ames Laboratory 1938-1940

Box 1, Folder 5

Ames and Edwards

Box 1, Folder 6

Ames Aeronautical Laboratory 1940

Box 2, Folder 1

Moffett News 1944-1945

Box 2, Folder 2

Moffett News 1946-1947

Box 2, Folder 3

Editorials/Clippings on Sunnyvale Selection

Box 3, Folder 1

Ames Press Releases 1949

Box 3, Folder 2

Ames Press Releases 1950

Box 3, Folder 3

Ames Newspaper Clippings 1951

Box 3, Folder 4

Ames TV Show, Science in Action 1951

Box 3, Folder 5

Ames Releases 1952

Box 3, Folder 6

Ames Clippings 1952

Box 3, Folder 7

Ames Clippings 1953

Box 3, Folder 8

Ames Clippings 1954

Box 3, Folder 9

Ames Clippings 1955

Box 3, Folder 10

Ames Clippings 1956

Box 3, Folder 11

Ames Clippings 1957

Box 3, Folder 12

Ames Wind Tunnel, Life Magazine Article

Box 3, Folder 13

Ames Laboratory

Box 4, Folder 1

Wiley, January-June 1949

Box 4, Folder 2

Wiley, July-December 1949

Box 4, Folder 3

Wiley, January-June 1950

Box 4, Folder 4

Wiley Reports

Box 4, Folder 5

Wiley, June-December 1950

Box 5, Folder 1

Wiley Reports 1951

Box 5, Folder 2

Wiley, January-June 1951

Box 5, Folder 3

Wiley, July-December 1951

Box 5, Folder 4

Wiley, January-June 1952

Box 5, Folder 5

Wentz reports 1952

Box 5, Folder 6

Wentz, January-June 1952

Box 5, Folder 7

Wentz, July-December 1952

Box 5, Folder 8

Ames Correspondence, January-June 1953

Box 5, Folder 9

Ames Correspondence, July-December 1953

Box 5, Folder 10

Ames Correspondence, January-June 1954

Box 5, Folder 11

Ames Correspondence, July-December 1954

Box 6, Folder 1

Special to AeroDigest on Ames Inspection, 1950

Box 6, Folder 2

Ames 1952 Inspection, Press Releases 1952

Box 6, Folder 3

Releases, Ames Inspection 1955

Box 6, Folder 4

Ames Inspection Brochure

Box 6, Folder 5

Photographs of Light Gas Gun

Box 6, Folder 6

Ames 1958 Triennial Inspection, Dr. Dryden 1958

Box 6A, Folder 1

Ames Aeronautical Laboratory Bluebook 1940-1946

Box 6A, Folder 2

Ames Dedication Photographs

Box 6A, Folder 3

Ames Light Gas Handouts

 

RG255.12 Still Pictures, General: Photographs of NACA Research Facilities and Activities 1938-1958

Physical Description: Boxes 10 - 14

Scope and Content Note

RG255.12 contains over 50,000 photographic prints, negatives, transparencies, lantern slides, posters and lithographs. Topics covered relate to aeronautics and astronautics, including activities, facilities, equipment, aircraft, missiles, spacecraft, the lunar surface, astronauts, ceremonies, and conferences.
The photographs in RG255-RF document the NACA Research Facilities and Activities from 1938 to 1958, including photographs of the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, which can be found in boxes 10 through 14 and are listed below.
The photographs in RG255-RFA document the NACA's and NASA's Aeronautical Research Facilities from 1928 through 1963. Photographs of the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory (known as the Ames Research Center after 1958) are listed below, following Box 15.
Box 10, Folder 109

Ames Aeronautical Laboratory

Box 10, Folder 110

Administration Building

Box 10, Folder 111

Plot Plans

Box 10, Folder 112

First Flight of O-47A Airplane

Box 10, Folder 113

Dedication of Ames Aeronautical Laboratory 1944

Box 10, Folder 114

Aerial Views

Box 10, Folder 114A

Aerial Views

Box 10, Folder 115

Plot Plan, Moffett Field

Box 10, Folder 116

Flight Research, P-80

Box 11, Folder 116A

Flight Research, F-86

Box 11, Folder 116B

Flight Research, C-46

Box 11, Folder 116C

Flight Research, General

Box 11, Folder 117

Flight Research, Lab and Hangar

Box 11, Folder 118

Tunnels and Test Setups

Box 11, Folder 119

7x10 foot Tunnel

Box 12, Folder 120

Tunnel No. 1

Box 12, Folder 121

Tunnel No. 2

Box 12, Folder 122

Free Flight Tunnel

Box 12, Folder 123

40x80 foot Tunnel

Box 12, Folder 123

40x80 foot Tunnel

Box 12, Folder 123B

40x80 foot Tunnel

Box 12, Folder 123C

40x80 foot Tunnel

Box 12, Folder 123D

40x80 foot Tunnel

Box 12, Folder 124

6x6 inch Heat Transfer Tunnel

Box 13, Folder 125

1.5x3 foot Tunnel

Box 13, Folder 126

12 foot Tunnel

Box 13, Folder 127

16 foot Tunnel

Box 13, Folder 128

Hypersonic Gun Tunnel

Box 13, Folder 129

Low Density Tunnel

Box 13, Folder 130

Low Turbulence 12 foot Pressure Tunnel

Box 13, Folder 131

12 foot Pressure Tunnel

Box 13, Folder 133

8x8 foot Supersonic Tunnel

Box 13, Folder 134

10x14 inch Supersonic Tunnel

Box 13, Folder 135

1x3 foot Supersonic Tunnel

Box 13, Folder 135A

1x3 foot Supersonic Tunnel

Box 14, Folder 136

6x6 foot Tunnel

Box 14, Folder 137

8 foot Supersonic Tunnel

Box 14, Folder 138

Free Flight Tunnel

Box 14, Folder 140

2x2 foot Transonic Tunnel

Box 14, Folder 141

14 foot Transonic Tunnel

Box 14, Folder 142

Labs and Research Facilities

Box 14, Folder 143

Instrument Research Lab

Box 14, Folder 144

Science Lab

Box 14, Folder 145

Electric Analogue for Aerodynamic Studies

Box 14, Folder 146

Schlieren Photos

Box 14, Folder 148

Atmosphere Energy Simulator

Box 14, Folder 149

Auditorium and Cafeteria

Box 14, Folder 150

High Speed Wing Research

Box 14, Folder 151

Hypervelocity Ballistic Range

Box 14, Folder 152

Light Gas Gun

Box 14, Folder 153

Porous Leading-Edge Construction

Box 14, Folder 154

Shops and Models

Box 14, Folder 155

Technical Services Building

Box 15, Folder 156

Utilities Building

Box 15, Folder 1

Aerial View Ames Facility

Box 15, Folder 2

Ground Views/exterior and interior

Box 15, Folder 3

NACA Exhibit, San Francisco Junior Jaycees Air Fair

Box 15, Folder 4

Flow Chart (graphic)

Box 15, Folder 5

Personnel

Box 15, Folder 6

6x6 foot/compression

Box 15, Folder 7

7x10 foot/aerial

Box 15, Folder 8

40x80 foot

Box 15, Folder 9

1x3.5 foot high speed

Box 15, Folder 10

16 foot high speed

Box 15, Folder 11

12 foot low turbulence

Box 15, Folder 12

6x6 foot supersonic

Box 15, Folder 13

8 inch supersonic

Box 15, Folder 14

Free-flight

Box 15, Folder 15

Transonic

Box 15, Folder 16

Unitary Plan

Box 15, Folder 17

Schlieren Effect

Box 15, Folder 18

Airspeed Installations/F-86A-5

Box 15, Folder 19

Flaps

Box 15, Folder 20

Flight Simulators

Box 15, Folder 21

Flush Inlet

Box 15, Folder 22

Hypersonic Flight

Box 15, Folder 23

Icing

Box 15, Folder 24

Inspection (graphic)

Box 15, Folder 25

Model Shop

Box 15, Folder 26

Satellite Launching

Box 15, Folder 27

Stability/Ryan 92

Box 15, Folder 28

Supersonic Flight (graphic)

Box 15, Folder 29

Swinging Probe

Box 15, Folder 30

Thrust reversal/graphs

Box 15, Folder 31

[No caption]

Box 15, Folder 32

XF-2D

Box 15, Folder 33

F-80, F-100

Box 15, Folder 34

Lockheed Constellation