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In 1917 the United States Army Air Service established an aviation engineering section at McCook Field in Dayton, OH. In 1927 the Engineering Division, as it was then known, moved to nearby Wilbur Wright Field and there remained as the Air Force Material Division (AFMD) and Air Material Command (AMC) until Wright Field combined with Patterson Field to become Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1948. The Engineering Division was in charge of research and development for the Army Air Services and was a clearinghouse for the Army Air Services on aviation development worldwide.




Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)




University of Wisconsin, Transfer, 1981, XXXX-0172, Public Domain


899.25 Cubic feet ((825 records center boxes))


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Collection descriptions

Archival materials


Scope and Contents

This collection contains the file of still photographs taken by the Air Force Material Division at McCook Field, Wright Field, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The material consists of over 340,000 black and white and color photographs illustrating the design, development and testing of military aircraft; structural components; and personal, emergency, and survival equipment. The collection also contains documentation of unsatisfactory materials and components, aircraft accident investigations, publicity, and development of McCook Field facilities to the present day Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The majority of the photos were taken as integral parts of the testing or investigation procedure for inclusion in resulting reports.




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McCook Field, Ohio

United States. Air Force

United States. Air Force Material Division

United States. Air Material Command

United States. Army Air Forces

United States. Army. Air Corps

Wright Field, Ohio

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)

Topics Airplanes, Military -- Flight testing
Aeronautics, Military
Aeronautics, Military -- Research
Aircraft survival equipment
Aircraft accidents
Airplanes -- Design and construction

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