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Guide to the David Richard Davis Papers, ca. 1934-1945
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Davis, David Richard, Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1934-1945
    Collection number: M1305
    Creator: David Richard Davis
    Extent: 1.5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Abstract: Davis was closely associated with aircraft development through the early part of the 20th century. He, together with Donald Douglas, formed the Davis Douglas Aircraft Company (much later to become McDonnell-Douglas), and formulated and built the Cloudster, the first plane to use thick wings and carry a supply heavier than its own weight. Later he was associated with the Bendix Aviation Corporation in charge of variable pitch propeller development. Davis died April 15, 1972, at age 78.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    David Richard Davis Papers. M1305. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Acquisition Information

    Transferred from the Guggenheim Space Sciences Library (Aernautics and Astronautics Library), Stanford University.


    Transferred from the Guggenheim Space Sciences Library (Aernautics and Astronautics Library), Stanford University.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    Included are Davis's original papers and photographs for the innovative airfoil he theorized, designed, uniquely tested and finally patented. Known as the Davis Wing, it bettered performance by 20% and was used by Consolidated in production of their PBY-5 Catalina and Liberator B-24's - outstanding long-range bombers during WW II.

    Access Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Davis, David Richard.
    Airplanes--Design and construction.
    The Cloudster (airplane)