CAPTURED GERMAN & JAPANESE AIR TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS
In the final days of World War II, the advancing Allies captured a
number of German and Japanese documents on various technical subjects.
The United States Army Air Force (later the United States Air Force) had
a number of these documents microfilmed by the Air Documents Division,
Technical Information Section (T-2), Air Materiel Command, at Wright Field,
Ohio (now Wright-Patterson AFB). This microfilm series-which includes
over 5,000 reels of microfilm-contains documents pertaining to aircraft
and aeronautical subjects, including aircraft manuals, flight test reports,
and engineering studies of aircraft. The material does not include
complete sets of engineering drawings for aircraft. Most of the documents
are in the original language, while most indexing and title pages are
in English. The National Air and Space Museum Archives Division has a duplicate set of many of
these microfilm series at the Garber Facility
Archives Reading Room.
NOTICE: The National Air and Space Museum assumes
no liability for accidents or damage caused by or to aircraft built, operated,
or restored from documents obtained from the Museum. Technical documents
are made available by the National Air and Space Museum for historical
and research purposes only and are not intended for commercial use or
The quality of the original microfilm is variable, and is occasionally
so bad as to be unreproducible Some individual microfilm frames are blurred
due to camera operator error. The document indexing information is not
always completely accurate. The page count information for an individual
document might be incorrect, or in some cases nonexistent. Some typographical
errors in the original document indexing information point to the wrong
microfilm reels; the staff will spend some time attempting to discern
the proper location, but we are not always able to resolve the error.
TO REQUEST DOCUMENT INDEXING INFORMATION
For document indexing information on specific subjects, please
send a written request to the Archives Reference
Desk. State your specific needs by aircraft, equipment type
or aeronautical subject (e.g. "Focke Wulf Fw 190A-4"; "Turbojets"; or
"Stress Analysis"). The more specific your request, the more quickly the
staff will be able to reply. Replies may require 2 to 3 weeks, and are
sent via postal mail. Customized searches will be done by our staff for
no more than three subjects per request. We will accept only one
customized search request per household or organization per month.
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE
If the staff is able to locate information on the requested subjects,
you will receive document indexing information in one or more of the following
three record formats: (1) photocopies of index cards originally produced
for the collection by the USAAF, (2) photocopies of pages from the Desk
Catalog of German and Japanese Air-Technical Documents, and/or (3)
a Custom Search Printout from the Archives Division Captured German
and Japanese Air Technical Documents Collection in-house database
(currently under construction). Each document indexing record lists bibliographic
information and page counts for a specific document, as well as an abstract
of the document and the microfilm reel and frame number indicating where
the document is located in the collection.
NOTE: If the document indexing information requires
more than 10 pages of photocopies or computer printout to reproduce, you
will be billed for these photocopies and/or printouts at our current price
for 8 ½" x 11" photocopies. Please see Archives
Reproduction and Shipping Base Rates for current pricing information.
TO REVIEW THE INDEXING INFORMATION IN PERSON:
We encourage researchers to visit in person to review the index cards if possible at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Alternatively, there are copies of the Desk Catalog
of German and Japanese Air-Technical Documents in a number of large
U.S. libraries; you may wish to ask your local reference librarian to
aid you in locating the nearest copy.
DUPLICATION COSTS AND RESTRICTIONS
Reproduction charges for duplicate documents are made on a per page basis.
Tables, graphs, drawings, etc., may require more than one 8½" x 11" page
to reproduce legibly, depending upon the quality of the original microfilm.
If, in the estimation of the staff, it is necessary for legibility, drawings
may be reproduced from microfilm on 18" x 24" paper and charged accordingly.
If a single document, or series of documents, totals more than 50 pages
on the same reel of microfilm, we require you to purchase a duplicate
of the reel in question at $30.00 per reel.
Because of the large number of requests we receive and the limited
number of staff available to fill these requests, you may request no more
than a TOTAL of 50 pages of printed documents (and/or 30 reels of microfilm)
per request, and submit only one request per month. Subsequent orders
may be sent for additional paper pages or reels of microfilm if desired.
Please allow eight weeks for delivery of duplicate microfilm.