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Eric Preece Engine Collection, 1933-1944


Collection Item Summary:

This collection traces Preece's engineering work with WAC, and includes the following types of materials: correspondence, memos, technical drawings, minutes of meetings from both the WAC Gear Committee and the American Society of Tool Engineers, descriptions of various projects and equipment, photographs, reports, catalogues, brochures, manuals, notebooks, and personnel information.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Wright Cyclone 18 (R-3350) 18-cyl radial engine family
  • Aeronautics
  • Airplanes--Motors
  • Airplanes--Design and construction
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Airplanes
  • Aeronautics, Military

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives


Preece, Eric


  • Wright Aeronautical Corp
  • American Society of Tool and Manufacturing Engineers

Physical description

3.27 cubic feet (3 records center boxes) (1 flatbox)


  • 1933
  • 1933-1944


Eric Preece was an engineer with the Wright Aeronautical Corporation (WAC) of Paterson, NJ, a company which was involved with the engineering development of the mass production of cylinder heads for WAC air-cooled B-29 engines during WWII. Mr. Preece served as the manager of Experimental Manufacturing prior to his promotion to Production Manager of WAC's Plant 7 in 1943. He was also an active member of the American Society of Tool Engineers, serving as the Public Relations Chairman and later as Chapter President.


  • Brochures
  • Collection descriptions
  • Notebooks
  • Manuals
  • Catalogs
  • Reports
  • Photographs
  • Memoranda
  • Correspondence
  • Drawings

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