Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This collection consisits of the complete set of the Navy WWII model drawings and a booklet explaining the project.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Airplanes--Recognition
  • Airplanes--Models
  • Airplanes
  • Naval aviation
  • Aeronautics, Military
  • Aeronautics and state
  • Aeronautics--History
  • Aeronautics
  • World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations
  • World War, 1939-1945

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access


United States Navy


  • United States Navy Department Bureau of Aeronautics
  • United States Navy
  • United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare

Physical description

0.45 cubic feet (1 legal document box)




United States


Accurate scale model aircraft have often been helpful in training recognition of aircraft, range estimation and determination of cones of fire. In December 1941, the Secretary of the Navy asked the US Commissioner of Education for the schools to make 500,000 scale model airplanes. This alliance resulted in a joint project between the US Navy, Bureau of Aeronautics, who supplied the authoritative drawings and plans, and the US Office of Education, who perepared educational and informational material.

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560


  • Pamphlets
  • Collection descriptions
  • Drawings

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