Walter Addems was an Early Bird who devoted much of his life to aviation. He was a barnstormer, mail pilot, Director of Flight Operations, and built a replica Nieuport XI in his 60s, flying it to SDASM at age 83.
The material primarily relates to his days with the AVG-Flying Tigers from early 1941 through July 4, 1942, as well as later correspondence and documents relating to AVG-Flying Tigers publications. Included are aircraft records and service logs, maps and blueprints, newspaper clippings, photographs, and souvenirs.
These materials were collected, acquired, and donated to the San Diego Air & Space Museum over a long period of time and used as background material to create the book Wheels to Wings, in preparation for the Ford Building's 75th anniversary in 2010.
Wilhelm Schult was a designer and researcher at Ryan Aeronautical who, in the 1930s, began his own independent research into the flying wing aircraft design.
Willard Martin (b. 1917) began to work at Convair in the 1940s as a metal worker eventually serving as Operations General Supervisor, supervising experiment department operations and more through the 1970s.