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Guide to the San José State University Aviation Department Records
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Series I:  Aviation Department Records 1941-1996 1951-1976

Creator: San José State University
Physical Description: 6 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The material in this series documents the San José State University Aeronautics Department. It includes photographs depicting people associated with the Aviation Department such as students and Professor Leonard, chairman of the Aviation Department (1954-1985). Other photos depict the different incarnations of the Aviation Lab and the department's equipment, conferences or social gatherings, such as the Federal Aviation Administration Flight Instructor's Seminar. Of note, one department scrapbook includes famous pilots including Amelia Earhart, Sir Charles Kingsford, Charles Lindbergh, and there is a a photograph of an Aviation Department professor meeting U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
The collection also includes reports, papers, and business correspondence concerning the building of a fuel test cell facility within the Aviation department, reports on noise suppression for the test cell, news concerning the department, a scrapbook concerning a 1981 air collision in San José, and news concerning the Flying 20, a student organization associated with San José State University.
The Flying Twenty was originally formed in San Jose in 1939 for flight enthusiasts associated with San Jose State College. After the passing of California Executive Order 82, which prohibits university students from using non-commercial carriers for university-related activities, the Flying 20 club and other California flying clubs lost access to university funds. Many of the articles in this series chronicle the Flying 20's attempt to change or repeal California Executive Order 82.


This series is arranged by format and chronologically by date range.
Box 1

Flying 20, Aviation Seminar, Publications, Photograph of Reagan, Aero Lab, Aviation Dept. People, Leonard Retirement 1938-1993

Box 2

Aviation Dept. People, Aero Lab, Bakersfield Conference, Scrapbook of Famous Pilots, Scrapbook of 1981 Airplane Collision 1941-1981

Box 3

Fuel Studies, Reports, and Published Articles 1948-1976

Box 4

Aviation Equipment Tests and Reports, Information on Acoustics, Aviation Business Correspondence 1951-1963

Box 5

Aviation Equipment Reports, Fuel Cells, Noise Suppressant Studies, Business Correspondence 1953-1963

Box 6

Photographs of Aero Lab, Students; Commencement, Newspaper Articles on Aviation Dept., Aviation History in Santa Clara Valley 1964-1994