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Rolfe W. Eckmann Naval Aviation Collection

 Collection — Box: one
Identifier: 2021-09-17
The Rolfe W. Eckmann Naval Aviation Collection consists of textual and visual materials that document Eckmann's service with the U.S. Navy and Naval Station Puget Sound in Washington, commonly known as Sand Point, with materials ranging from the 1940s through 2010s.

Eckmann's career as a U.S. Naval transport pilot is represented with four logbooks dating from 1942-1967. A few documents originally enclosed in the logs include a memo designating Eckmann as a Transport Plane Commander, a flight surgeon's certificate, an airman's certificate and an airman's rating record, and two cards showing completion of standard instrument rating tests. A program from his funeral in 2018 includes a detailed biographical obituary.

Several items in the collection relate to Naval Station Puget Sound, also referred to as Naval Air Station Seattle and Sand Point. These items include a Seattle Times Sunday Pictorial clipping from March 19, 1961 with images of Sand Point; assorted event programs from 1968-1995, including annual military personnel inspections, the 32nd annual naval aviation rendezvous, and the disestablishemnt ceremony; a "Sand Point Remembered" booklet prepared by Eckmann in 1997; and a "Naval Air Station, Seattle: A History" booklet, undated (circa 2010s), also prepared by Eckmann.

Also present in the collection are 19 8x10" black-and-white photographic prints depicting the Japanese surrender at the end of Wolrd War II aboard the USS Missouri in 1945. The prints are official military photographs and do not seem to have direct relation to Eckmann's career or Sand Point.


  • 1942-2018


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.


.4 Cubic Feet (1 full-width letter-size document box)

Separated Materials

A U.S. Navy Mark V Bubble Sextant has been separated from the archival component of the collection and transferred to object storage.
Guide to the Rolfe W. Eckmann Naval Aviation Collection
N. Davis
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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