AIRCRAFT TECHNICAL MANUALS
Manufacturers and operators of aircraft and equipment
produce large numbers of manuals for their air- and ground- crews. These
manuals generally cover all phases of operation, from assembling the newly
purchased aircraft (Aircraft Erection), operation and maintenance of the
equipment, to storage of the equipment. Manuals are updated (Revised)
as new procedures are developed, or modifications made to existing models.
The National Air and Space Museum has over 40,000 technical manuals covering
aircraft, engines, and other air-related equipment. Most of these manuals
were developed and published by the military for their own use from circa
1915 through 1970, with the bulk of the manuals covering World War II
aircraft (1940-1945). This material is available to restorers, researchers,
and the general public. Unfortunately, sheer volume precludes our making
available a complete list of our holdings.
NOTICE: The National Air and Space Museum and its donors assume
no liability for any accidents or damage caused by or to aircraft built,
operated, or restored according to procedures outlined in documents obtained
from the Museum. Aircraft technical manuals are made available by the
National Air and Space Museum Archives for historical and research purposes and are not for commercial
use or further dissemination.
TO REQUEST A CUSTOM SEARCH PRINTOUT
For information about the availability of specific manuals, please send
a written request to the Archives Reference
Desk. Replies may require 2 to 3 weeks, and are sent via postal mail.
You will be sent a Custom Search Printout from our in-house database listing
the manuals available for your topic. Customized searches will be done
by our staff for no more than three aircraft or spacecraft types
per request. We will accept only one customized search request per household
or organization per month.
Photocopies of specific Aircraft Technical Manuals may be ordered based
on the information provided in an Archives Custom Search Printout.
Please see Archives Reproduction and Shipping
Base Rates for current pricing information.
TO VIEW THESE DOCUMENTS IN PERSON
The Archives staff is only able to do a preliminary search of these materials
for you. More extensive research will require that you make an appointment
to visit the Archives to review the Aircraft
Technical Manuals collection materials in person. These documents are
currently stored at the Archives Division's branch at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.