Guide to the P. H. Richardson Wright Field Photo Collection


Title:
P. H. Richardson Wright Field Photo Collection
Repository:
Wright State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives
Phone: 937-775-2092
http://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/
Creator:
Richardson, P. H.
Dates:
1945
Quantity:
1.0 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:
The Richardson Wright Field Collection contains 172 photos of aircraft and aircraft parts. The majority of the pictures feature displays from the Armed Forces Day Air Show held at Wright Field in 1945. Many of the exhibits pertain to Luftwaffe aircraft captured during Operation Lusty. As well, there are many photos documenting the only Fairchild powered XAT-6E Texan produced.
Identification:
MS-365
Language:
The records are in English

Biography of P.H. Richardson

Richardson was employed to take aviation photos and took the photos of Wright Field's Armed Forces Day celebration in October of 1945. Also, it appears that Richardson was employed by Fairchild Aviation to document their aircraft and engines.

Scope and Content

The P.H. Richardson Wright Field Photograph Collection features numerous black and white photos of aircraft and aircraft engines that were featured on display for the Armed Forces Day Celebration at Wright Field in October, 1945. All of the photos of the display contain hand written notes about the subject on the back of the print. Though not part of the Armed Forces Day display, this collection contains several detailed photos of the only Fairchild Ranger powered XAT-6 E built. These photos were most likely taken at Fairchild's Maryland plant. As well, many of the photos in the collection pertain to Luftwaffe aircraft that were captured in Operation Lusty and brought to Wright Field for testing. The collection is divided into five series. A finding aid is included.

Series I, Photographic Record

Series I contains the official report P. H. Richardson typed regarding the photos. The report features handwritten corrections.

Series II, American Aircraft

Series II documents the American aircraft featured in the collection. Not only are there conventional aircraft but also there are examples of early guided missiles. The photos are arranged alphabetically by manufacturer. It is worthwhile to mention that multiple aircraft are often visible in each shot.

Series III, Luftwaffe Aircraft

Series III documents the German Luftwaffe aircraft and missiles captured in Operation Lusty that were brought to Wright Field for flight testing. As well, there are photos of the Imperial Japanese Ohka (also referred to as a Baka) manned rocket bomb. The photos are arranged alphabetically by manufacturer. It is worthwhile to mention that multiple aircraft are often visible in each shot.

Series IV, Piston Engines

Series IV documents the piston powered engines that were on display at the Armed Forces Day celebration. The majority of the engines featured are of American manufacture, from such companies as Allison, Chrysler, Continental, Fairchild, General Electric, General Motors, Lycoming, Pratt & Whitney, and Wright. However, there are also photos of a German BMW 803, Daimler Benz, and a Japanese Nakajima 21 Homare. The photos are arranged alphabetically by manufacturer. Those engines without a known manufacturer follow and are listed alphabetically by Richardson's notes.

Series V, Jet Engines

Series V documents early jet engine technology. There are photos of General Electric's Type 1A and J 31 engines. As well, there is a photograph of a display detailing the pulse jet engine used by the German V-1/American JB-2 Loon.

Statement of Arrangement

The 172 photographs in this collection are arranged into 5 series:
Series I: Photographic Record
Series II: American Aircraft
Series III: Luftwaffe Aircraft
Series IV: Piston Engines
Series V: Jet Engines

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing this collection.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects:

Airplane engines
Airplanes, Military--United States--History
World War, 1939-1945

Places:

Germany. Luftwaffe.

Material Types:

Photographs

Preferred Citation

MS-365, P. H. Richardson Wright Field Photo Collection, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased from Apfelbaum Books in 1994.

Other Finding Aid

The finding aid is available on the Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University Libraries web site at
https://wright.libraryhost.com/repositories/2/resources/7.


Detailed Description of The Collection



Series II: American Aircraft, 1945




Bell YP-59, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 2
3/4 View, Right Hand Side, A/C 45-108783, 1945







Douglas A-26 C Invader with Fairchild XBQ-3 Guided Bombs, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 11
Profile, Left Hand Side, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 12
Profile, Left Hand Side (wider angle), 1945







Douglas VB-9 Radar Guided Bomb (ROC), 1945

Box 1 / Folder 13
3/4 View, Front, Right, 1945







Douglas VB-10 Radar Guided Bomb (ROC), 1945

Box 1 / Folder 14
3/4 View, Front, Left, 1945







Fairchild AT-21 FA Gunner, Undated

Box 1 / Folder 17
Promotional Leaflet, 3/4 View, In-Flight, Below and Left, A/C 42-11679, Undated




Box 1 / Folder 18
3/4 View, In-Flight, Below and Left, A/C 42-11679, Undated




Box 1 / Folder 19
3/4 View, Right Hand Side, Front, Undated




Box 1 / Folder 20
3/4 View, Right Hand Side, Front, Undated







Fairchild UC-61 K Argus, Undated

Box 1 / Folder 21
Promotional Leaflet, Profile, Left Hand Side, Take Off, Undated







Grumman J4F-1 Widgeon, Undated

Box 1 / Folder 23
Profile, Right Hand Side, A/C V-197, Undated




Box 1 / Folder 24
Profile, Left Hand Side, In-Flight, 3 Widgeons over unidentified warship, Undated







Republic Aviation JB-2 Loon, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 45
Profile, Left Hand Side, Rear, Farther Aft, #1691, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 46
Profile, Left Hand Side, Rear, Farther Aft, #1691 (Wide Angle), 1945




Box 1 / Folder 48
Profile, Left Hand Side, On Launch Ramp, "Japanese Sandman", 1945







Wright Field Equipment Labratory GB-4, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 50
3/4 View, Right Hand Side, Front, 1945





Series III: Luftwaffe Aircraft, 1945




Arado Ar 234 Blitz, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 51
3/4 View, Front, Left Hand Side, 1945







Bachem Ba 349 Natter, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 52
3/4 View, Front, Left Hand Side, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 54
3/4 View, Front, Right Hand Side (Close Up), 1945







Feiseler Fi 103 (V-1 Buzz Bomb), 1945

Box 1 / Folder 55
3/4 View, Front, Left Hand Side, 1945







Junkers Ju 290 "Alles Kaputt", 1945

Box 1 / Folder 61
Profile, Left Hand Side, Forward of the Wing, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 62
Profile, Left Hand Side, Forward of the Wing (Note the Japanese Ohka), 1945




Box 1 / Folder 67
Rear View, Exhaust Nozzles, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 69
Profile, Exhaust Nozzles, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 70
Cowl Detail, 1945







Junkers Ju 388, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 71
Profile, Right Hand Side, A/C FE-4010, 1945







Messerschmidt Me 163 Komet, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 73
3/4 View, Left Hand Side (Wide Angle), 1945







Messerschmidt Me 262 Schwalbe, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 74
3/4 View, Left Hand Side, A/C FE-111, 1945







Mittelwerk GmbH Aggregat-4 (V-2 Rocket), 1945


Series IV: Piston Engines, 1945




Bavarian Motor Works BMW 803, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 79
3/4 View, Front, Right Hand Side, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 80
Profile, Left Hand Side, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 81
Detail, Carburetor Intakes, Left Hand Side, 1945







Chrysler XI-2220-II, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 83
Profile, Left Hand Side, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 85
Full Front View, 1945







Continental X-1430-25, 1945




Daimler Benz DB-610, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 91
3/4 View, Rear, Right Hand Side, 1945







Fairchild Caminez, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 93
Full Front View, 1945







General Electric XT-31 "Prop Jet", 1945

Box 1 / Box 94
Profile, Left Hand Side, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 95
Profile, Right Hand Side, Rigged for Testing, 1945







General Motors X-250, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 96
3/4 View, Front, Left Hand Side, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 97
Profile, Left Hand Side, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 98
Full Front View, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 99
Full Front View (Detail), 1945




Box 1 / Folder 101
Profile, Right Hand Side, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 102
Top View, Cylinder Detail, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 103
Top View, Cylinder Detail, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 104
Detail, Carburetor Cut-Away, 1945







Lawrence 2 Cylinder Engine, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 105
Full Front View, 1945







Liberty 4 Cylinder Engine, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 106
Profile, Right Hand Side, 1945







Lycoming R-680, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 107
Cut-Away Cylinder Detail, 1945







Lycoming XR-7755, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 108
3/4 View, Front, Left Hand Side, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 109
3/4 View, Rear, Right Hand Side, 1945







Pratt & Whitney R-2800 "Double Wasp", 1945




Pratt & Whitney Cylinders, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 122
Overview of Entire Cylinder Display, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 123
Overview Facing the Left Hand Side of the Display, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 124
R-985 Cylinder, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 125
R-985 Two Cycle Fuel Injection Cylinder with Piston, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 126
R-1340 Early Production Cylinder, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 127
R-1340 Present Production Cylinder (1945), 1945




Box 1 / Folder 128
R-1340 "L" Cylinder for Small Engine Diameter, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 129
R-1690 Fine Fin Bolted Head, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 131
R-1690 Bolted on Head Early Coarse Fin, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 133
R-1830 Interchangeable Front or Rear Rows Interconnected Intake Ports, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 135
R-1830 Present Production Type C-9 Cylinder (1945), 1945




Box 1 / Folder 136
R-1860 Early Fine Fin Cylinder, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 137
R-2000 Cylinder with Cast on Aluminum Barrel Muff, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 138
R-2000 Present Type Cylinder (1945), 1945




Box 1 / Folder 139
R-2150 Cylinder with Maximum Obtainable Cast Finning, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 140
R-2800 Latest Production "B" Type Cylinder (1945), 1945




Box 1 / Folder 141
R-2800 Early "C" Type Cylinder, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 143
R-2800 Copper Spined Barrel Cooling Surfaces, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 144
R-2800 "D" Type Cylinder for Pusher Engines Reverse Intake Ports, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 145
R-4360 Semi-Production Cylinder, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 146
R-4360 Present Production Cylinder (1945), 1945




Box 1 / Folder 149
R-4360 Alternate Cut Fins Better Cooling at Rear Light Weight, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 150
R-4360 Thin Fin Cylinder More Fins for Same Weight, 1945







Wright Flyer Engine, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 151
Profile, Right Hand Side, 1945







Wright J-4 "Whirlwind", 1945

Box 1 / Folder 152
Full Front View, 1945







Wright R-1820 "Cyclone", 1945

Box 1 / Folder 153
Full Front View, 1945







Wright R-2160 "Tornado", 1945

Box 1 / Folder 155
Detail, Shaft, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 156
Detail, Top, 1945







Wright R-2600 "Twin Cyclone", 1945

Box 1 / Folder 158
Profile, Right Hand Side (Cut-Away), 1945







Wright R-3350 "Duplex Cyclone", 1945

Box 1 / Folder 159
Full Front View, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 160
Profile, Right Hand Side, on Test Bed, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 161
3/4 View, Rear, Right Hand Side, on Test Bed, 1945




Box 1 / Folder 164
3/4 View, Rear, Right Hand Side, 1945







Helicopter Blade Mechanism, 1945


Series V: Jet Engines, 1945




General Electric J-31, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 169
Profile, Left Hand Side, Rigged for Testing, 1945







General Electric J-35, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 170
Profile, Left Hand Side, Rigged for Testing, 1945







German Pulse Jet (V-1 Engine), 1945

Box 1 / Folder 171
Profile, Left Hand Side (Detail of Display), 1945







Turbine Rotor Assemble, 1945

Box 1 / Folder 172
3/4 View, Rear, Right Hand Side, 1945