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Thomas B. Davis Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1997-04-18
The Thomas B. Davis Collection documents Davis’s career with the U.S. Navy and Pacific Northern Airlines with textual and visual materials primarily from 1940s-1960s.

A small amount of materials, including log books and photographs, document Davis’s service during World War II. The bulk of the collection relates to Davis’s career as a commercial airline pilot with Pacific Northern Airlines, including certificates, manuals, and training materials.

Another man, Frank L. Houston, is also documented in the collection with certificates and photographs, though his connection to Davis is unknown.


  • Majority of material found within 1940s to 1980s


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research but has not been fully processed. Access to the collection may be limited or may require additional processing time. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


1.51 Cubic Feet (3 full-width legal size document boxes, 1 oversize folder)


No further acrruals are expected.

Separated Materials

The following items have been separated from the archival component of this collection and are kept in Objects storage:
  • bag and material
  • Leather wallet
  • Protractor
  • Leather flight bag
The following books have been separated from the archival component of this collection and are kept in the Library:
  • Air Navigators Handbook
  • USN Aerology series: The Occluded Fronts; The Cold Front Thunderstorms; The Equatorial Front; Omnidirectional Radio Range
  • Naval Orientation Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge Administration and use of naval correspondence
  • Instrumentation Flight Training Manual Link Cramer Landing System
  • How To Fly Vor
  • UAL Transport Corporation Flight and Equivalent Wind Calculator
  • Airway Manuals 2140 vol. 1 & 2, 3510 vol. 1

Processing Information

This collection has not been fully processed.
Guide to the Thomas B. Davis Collection
Completed - Level 1
H. Kolesar
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Revision Statements

  • October 2020: Added accruals and language of materials note; updated related agents.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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