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Box 01

 

Folder 00 - Pilot Log Book

Physical Description: 1. Pilot log book, 1950-51.
 

Folder 01 - Correspondence

Physical Description: 2. To Ray, from Noel J. Becar, Experimental Aircraft Research, September 12, 1979. 3. From Commander Fleet, to Distribution List, Subject: Volunteers to construct Curtiss A-1, June 20, 1960 (original and photocopy). 4. From Ray, May 21, 1979. 5. To “Sunshine Ray” from Paul, The Early Birds, March 4, 1981. 6. Mr. McKellar San Diego Aero-Space Museum, from Fred M. Young, Young Radiator Company, March 10, 1981. 7. Ray Fife, from Fred M. Young, March 30, 1981. 8. Ray Fife, from Edwin D. McKellar, Jr., San Diego Aero-Space Museum, April 9, 1981. 9. “Dear Friend,” after museum fire from Ray Fife, April 6, 1978. 10. Ray Fife, notice of loss after museum fire from Owen F. Clarke, March 12, 1979. 11. Ray Fife, from Fred M. Young, February 16, 1981. 12. Ray Fife, from Fred M. Young, May 4, 1979. 13. Ray Fife, from “Billy” (letterhead: Will D. Parker), May 2, 1979. 14. Ray Fife, from S.J. Landauer, Kimball Aircraft Corporation, May 15, 1929. 15. Louise Baird, from Raymond Fife, April 23, 1950. 16. Ray Fife, from G.S. Anderson, Assistant Secretary to Henry Ford, August 18, 1916, with enclosed copy of letter written to Henry Ford, August 5, 1916. 17. To Ray Fife, from Tex La Grone, Tex La Grone Flying service, 3 letters joined together, dated April 10, 1950, March 9, 1950, and September 13, 1949. 18. Ray Fife, from Paul E. Garber, Head Curator, Smithsonian Institution, National Air Museum, 3 letters, dated April 20, 1954, December 13, 1949, November 16, 1949.
 

Folder 02 - Articles

Physical Description: 1. A-1 Mechanic Honored in San Diego, by Elretta Sudsbury, July 1962. 2. Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. 3. Elementary Aeronautics and Model Notes, May 1979, with handwritten notes. 4. Jackrabbits to Jets (2 copies). 5. Misc collection: Jackrabbits to Jets cover, page with two newspaper clippings about Fife Retirement, Plane Talk – Jackrabbits to Jets reservation March 3, 1967, with newspaper clipping about event attached. 6. Plane Talk Newsletter, May 6, 1963 (2 copies).
 

Folder 03 – Newspaper, Articles and Clippings

Physical Description: -1 Mechanic Honored in San Diego, by Elretta Sudsbury, July 1962. 2. Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. 3. Elementary Aeronautics and Model Notes, May 1979, with handwritten notes. 4. Jackrabbits to Jets (2 copies). 5. Misc collection: Jackrabbits to Jets cover, page with two newspaper clippings about Fife Retirement, Plane Talk – Jackrabbits to Jets reservation March 3, 1967, with newspaper clipping about event attached. 6. Plane Talk Newsletter, May 6, 1963 (2 copies).
 

Folder 04 - Curtiss A-1

Physical Description: 2. Index Album #1 – Views of Glen H. Curtiss from 1907 to 1912 Aircraft – to “Triad” and the Navy-Curtiss “A1” Hydroplane through 5 Albums (2 copies). 3. Album letter description – Ray Fife (2 copies, 8.5 x 14). 4. Album letter description (2 copies, 8.5 x 11). 5. Air Show and Dedication of Admiral Halsey Field, August 19-20, 1961, pamphlet (2 copies). 6. A-1 Operational Code and Map – photocopies. 7. Pilots Controls of “The Navy-Curtiss A1 #000001,” 1961, Replica data, 3 pages.
 

Folder 05 - “21” Pusher Byplane” Booklet

Physical Description: 1. Approximately 35 page book detailing Specifications of Pusher Airplane, including diagrams and photos, by Ray Fife.
 

Folder 06 - Curtiss Pusher Aircraft and Airshow Notes

Physical Description: 1. “Curtiss” type Pusher Byplane of the 1912-1914 era sheet. 2. FIFE 21 Pusher drawings, schematics. 3. Curtiss Pusher Biplane photocopy drawing, May 4, 1976. 4. Curtiss Pusher & MH Shipment by Airlift, days and hours of C130, April 4, 1963. 5. Curtiss Pusher & MH, Shipment by Airlift and Curtiss Pusher and Hours, April 4, 1963. 6. Reference: Air Show, NAS Miramar, Saturday, September 12, 1959. 7. Handwritten note, Curtiss Pusher Airplane Rental Rates, N4161K April 12, 1950. 8. General Specs of Curtiss Racer on Exhibition at New York Aero Show, May 18, 1912. 9. Typed, Curtiss Pusher Airplane, Rental Rates #N4161K, letter to rentee, April 12, 1950. 10. Curtiss Biplane Pusher Type No. N4161K, Rental Rates and Conditions, R.B. Fife. 11. Handwritten Itinerary of Trip to Washington DC and return to Naval Airsation, San Diego, CA, by Raymond B. Fife, Aircraft Mechanic General Maximun, Overhaul and Repair Department, c. 1961, 11 pages. 12. Handwritten pages on binder paper, Smithsonian Air Museum Rehabilitation Station, Silver Hill, MD, October 22-31. 13. 5 pages of notes and documentation regarding parts and repairs to Pusher Biplane, c. July 6, 1956.
 

Folder 07 - Miscellaneous

Physical Description: 1. Flyer, NASM celebrates Paul E. Garber’s 80th Birthday. 2. Small paper, diagram “truck body,” February 2. 3. Half page, Engine Five (CO2) System Bronze on Brass, sketching. 4. “Interesting story of life on Pugut Sound in the early 1850’s told by Captain J.E. Burns who saved his schooner from the fight with the Nit-Nat Indians… Anne Hibbard burns became Anne H. Fife, my mother,” 4 pages. 5. Charter Member card, IAS/USN A-1 Club, Ray Fife. 6. Envelope – 21 Pusher. 7. Print – Ray Fife San Diego, California, The Early Birds of Aviation, stamped Sep 12, 1981. 8. Clipping, Beachy Biplane 1914. 9. USNA Navy blue and gold sticker 10. Japan Rising Sun flag sticker print. 11. Sketching and material list and cost. 12. Brochure, U.S. Naval Aviation Museum, NAS Pensacola, Florida. 13. Garbers’ Greetings, 1978 – from Irene and Paul (photocopy).
 

Folder 08 - Photographs 1

Physical Description: 1. 37 photographs (some duplicate prints) of Curtiss Pusher biplane N4161K from various angles, from 1950-1951.
 

Folder 09 - Photographs II

Physical Description: 1. 56 photographs (including some duplicate prints) of people (including Peter Bowers, Tex LaGrone, and others), air shows, NAS North Island Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, FL, “Billy Parker’s Pusher,” Lindberg Field Early Birds show, and Army Curtiss Aviation Camp, Friedkin School of Aeronautics, photos at the piper & Stinson flying Service (1950), Airplanes photos, Airplanes models (not dated), photos at “Fiesta del Pacifico” Parade, San Diego, CA, Santa Monica, CA. Images are from 1913, 1950-1951 (the majority), 1956, 1959, and 1968.
 

Folder 10 - Negatives

Physical Description: 1. Items from folder marked “Negatives,” with respective prints and printing envelopes. 2. 8 envelopes of negatives: Pusher AF Day April 20, 1953, Biplane in front of Shell gas station. Pusher AF Day April 20, 1953, Biplane with different angle. Pusher AF Day April 20, 1953, Biplane Close-up from Behind. Pusher AF Day April 20, 1953, Biplane front view. Pat/Jack 21 Pusher @ 815. Pat/Jack 21 Pusher @ 815 Pat/Jack 21 Pusher @ 815 Pat/Jack 21 Pusher @ 815 Rose Werner 120 “I” Avenue, 2 negatives. 3. 3 prints.
 

Folder 11 – Miscellaneous

Physical Description: 4 items, pencil drawings and part costs notes, two pasted images – Japanese “Rising Sun” and U.S. Navy figure.
 

Folder 12 – The Ray Fife Story

Physical Description: Incorporated Elretta Sudsburry collection - Biography of Ray Fife, several pages detailing his life, including photos.