As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, the Archives Reading Room is temporarily closed.
We are offering limited reproduction services of the following:
- Microfilm Records: Engineering Drawings on Microfilm, Aircraft History Cards, Captured German and Japanese Air Technical Documents
- Large Format Drawings on Paper
- Document Photocopies: Aviation Technical Manuals, Captured German and Japanese Air Technical Documents, Reproduction Photocopies, Drawing Lists
Reproductions of most of the Museum's archival material can be obtained for a fee. For more information on pricing, see our reproduction & shipping rates.
A signed Document Use and Indemnification Agreement is requred before reproductions of Technical Drawings may be released. Lists and order forms are only available for the drawing collections listed. For drawings not listed below, please contact the reference desk for a custom search printout.
Learn more about the Drawings Collections.
Because many of these films are one-of-a-kind, the Museum cannot lend or rent films from the collection. The Museum can arrange to have films or tapes copied for a fee. Reproduction work will start within 72 hours after we receive a formal order. Turnaround time is 25 working days (about five weeks) from the time we receive your order.
The National Air and Space Museum Archives has over 3 million photographs in the collection. Thousands of digitized images are available to search and download online.
If you are unable to find the photograph you are looking for on our website, it is possible that it has not yet been digitized. Please contact the reference desk so that we can assist you.
Because of the large number of requests we receive and the limited number of staff available to fill these requests, we can only provide a TOTAL of 50 pages of printed documents (and/or 30 reels of microfilm) per request, and we can only accommodate one request per month. Subsequent orders may be sent for additional paper pages or reels of microfilm if desired. Please allow eight to twelve weeks for delivery of duplicate microfilm. To order reproductions, contact our reference desk.
We can provide copies of history cards for up to three specific aircraft by military serial number (AF serial number or Navy Bureau of Aeronautics number). To order aircraft history cards for specific aircraft, please contact our reference desk.
Duplicates of complete rolls of Aircraft History Card microfilm are also available. To order complete rolls, please submit the Aircraft History Card Microfilm order form.