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Crane Co. Hydro-Aire records, 1952-2005
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Crane Co. Hydro-Aire records, 1952-2005
    Dates: 1952-2005
    Collection Number: mssCraneHydrorecords
    Collector: Crane Co. Hydro-Aire
    Extent: 5 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection mostly consists of negatives, newsletters, and printed matter related to Hydro-Aire, a division of Crane Co.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Crane Co. Hydro-Aire records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Crane Aerospace / Hydro-Aire Corporation, November 2011.


    Hydro-Aire was founded as an innovative technology company to support World War II aircraft production in 1943. It was acquired by Crane Co. in 1951. Today, Hydro-Aire is a division of Crane Aerospace & Electronics, and specializes in brake control systems across all market segments, including commercial, commuter, business, and military.

    Scope and Content

    This collection primarily consists of negatives, newsletters, and printed matter related to Hydro-Aire, a division of Crane Co. The two Hydro-Aire newsletters, HYDRO-AIREings and HY-LITES, spans from 1952 through 1974. There are approximately 400 35 mm. negatives and contact sheets. Photographs of interest may be a strike by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation employees, District 727, in October 1956. Also, there appears to be an ad campaign in response to a letter from William K. Kinner, where he accuses Hydro-Aire of being an "unprogressive company" and failing to take "total responsibility" for their braking system. The subject files include material related to two movies, advertisements, and a name change for the "airbus."

    Indexing Terms

    Corporate Names

    Crane Co.
    Crane Co. Hydro-Aire
    Lockheed Aircraft Corporation


    Aerospace industries
    Airplanes -- Brakes
    Airplanes -- Equipment and supplies

    Geographic Areas

    Burbank (Los Angeles County, Calif.)


    Negatives (photographs)
    Printed ephemera