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North American Aviation

 Organization

Historical Note

Manufacturer. Also known as: Rockwell; North American Aviation, Inc; NAA.

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Richard A. Arensberg Photograph Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2014-02-06
Content Description The Richard A. Arensberg Photograph Collection is a small collection consisting of two unrelated photographs. One photograph depicts a Gilmore gas station, circa 1930s-1940s. The photograph is black-and-white and measures 10x14 inches. It is not a vintage print but was printed circa 1990s-2000s. The image shows one man filling his car with gas while another man looks on. The license plate on the car is for Washington, indicating that the gas station was probably located somewhere in Washington....

William Frederick Barns Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2012-04-13
Abstract William Frederick "Bill" Barns (1920-1995) joined the United States Air Force in 1942 and flew in the European Theater during World War II. After the war, Barns served in the USAF in several capacities until his retirement in 1966 when he went to work in the private sector, including for Garrett Corporation. The collection contains a broad array of textual materials as well as photographs and digital images related to his military and professional careers.

Early Aviation Photograph Collection

 Record Group
Identifier: 2022-00-00-37
Overview The Early Aviation Photograph Collection is a collection of unknown origins consisting of 328 prints and 299 negatives, all black-and-white, primarily depicting aircraft from the first half of the 20th century. Some airships, airports, pilots, and other subjects are also represented in the images.

James D. Griffin Photograph Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2015-08-25
Abstract James D. Griffin was an engineer for McDonnell Douglas Corporation. The collection contains five hundred and ninety-six (596) photographs, likely collected and notated by Griffin, featuring primarily Douglas Aircraft Company airplanes manufactured during the 1910s-1970s but also, to a lesser extent, other manufacturer models; including Aero Spacelines, Boeing, Consolidated, and Northrop. There is also a small amount of clippings, newsletters, and articles.

Iva and Homer Metz Space Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2019-11-01
Overview The Iva and Homer Metz Space Collection documents the careers of both Iva and Homer in aviation and the space industry. It follows their time with the U.S. Navy, the Boeing Company, North American Aviation, and at Cape Canaveral during the Apollo and Skylab programs.

Alan Lonsdale Patterson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2021-08-03-A
Overview Alan Lonsdale Patterson worked extensively in the field of aviation from the 1920s to the 1980s. Throughout his career he worked as a barnstormer, pilot and established multiple companies that facilitated the sale of aircraft and aeronautical equipment, predominately between companies based in the United States and Chinese. The collection represents both his professional and personal life through correspondence, photographs, business records, clippings and audiovisual materials, as well as...

Margery Watson World War II Photographs

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 2017-01-05
Contents of the Collection The Margery Watson World War II Photographs is a small collection comprised of 31 photographs either taken or gathered by Margery Watson while she was employed at North American Aviation in Inglewood, California as a draftsperson between 1943-1945. The photographs are primarily small black-and-white snapshots that document NAA personnel adding a Merlin engine and performing engine tests on the prototype P-51 nicknamed "Baby" for United States Army Air Force ground crews. Some of the photographs...

Metz, Iva L. -- oral history interview, 2019 November 1

 File
Interview Summary Iva Metz is interviewed about her life and her secretarial career in the aviation and aerospace industries from the 1940s through the 1980s. She discusses her professional experiences working for the U.S. Navy, the Cessna Aircraft Company, the Boeing Aircraft Company, and North American Aviation. The interview focuses in particular on her time at NASA and her involvement with the space program. Iva also touches on her husband’s (Homer) career in the military and with Boeing on various missile...

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