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Descriptive Finding Guide for the Arnold, George B. Personal Papers SDASM.SC.10006
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Related Archival Materials note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note

  • Title: George B. Arnold Personal Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10006
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.36 Cubic feet One (1) box, 12.5” x 10” x 5”
    Date (inclusive): 1893-1956
    Abstract: In 1937, George Arnold was in Shien Chaio, China to build an aircraft factory. This collection was assembled by the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Central Aircraft (CAMCO) was located in Shien Chaio, China. This collection contains photographs of factory staff and many Chinese workers and gives an insight into the company's production.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Digitized images from this collection are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/sets/72157633156059833
    Albums AL-23A. AL-23B, AL-23C, AVG Photo Collection: (03-Series)

    Preferred Citation note

    [Item], [Filing Unit], [Series Title], [Subgroups], [Record Group Title and Number], [Repository “San Diego Air & Space Museum Library & Archives”]

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    The materials in this collection were donated to the San Diego Air & Space Museum. The collection has been processed and is open for research with no restrictions.

    Biographical/Historical note

    George B. Arnold (1893 – 1956) served as vice president and general manager of Central Aircraft Manufacturing Company (CAMCO) in China, then as an associate with Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo and in China. He passed away in Altamonte Springs, Florida, on November 17, 1956. Photographs depict the factory in China and have dates that range from 1934-1939. Born in Madisonville, KY, George Arnold started flying gliders in 1909. After graduating as an engineer from the University of Kentucky, he went to work for the Curtiss Airplane & Motor Co., and in 1925 became factory superintendent of the Buhl Aircraft Co. He then served in various capacities in companies such as B/J Aircraft Co., in Baltimore, Chance-Vought Corporation at East Hartford, as vice president and general manager of Central Aircraft Manufacturing Co. in China, then as an associate with Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo and in China. Starting in 1933, CAMCO began assembling fighter-bombers at a factory in Hangzhou, constructing aircraft that would serve as the backbone of the Chinese Air Force during the first year of the Sino-Japanese War. In 1937, George Arnold was in Shien Chaio, China, to build the aircraft factory. After overseeing operations in Shien Chaio, he returned to the United States were he operated a plant in Miami, manufacturing aircraft parts and other wartime products for the duration of World War II.

    Scope and Contents note

    Collection consist of 1 box, 12” x 2.5” x 10, and contains 113 photographs, 12 negatives, blueprints and documentation regarding factory work in China.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Arnold, George B., 1893-1956
    Central Aircraft Manufacturing Company (China).
    Curtiss-Wright Corporation.
    Curtiss Hawk 2
    World War, 1939-1945
    World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Area