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Special Collections

Albert S. Menasco Personal Papers

Born in Los Angeles in 1897, Albert S. Menasco was a key figure in the design of airplane engines in the years between the two World Wars. This collection documents his life and his products.


Allan Francis Bonnalie Personal Papers

​Allan Francis Bonnalie has a long and distinguished career in aviation, which started when he took his first flight in 1911. By the time of Pearl Harbor, Bonnalie had advanced in the Naval Reserves to Lieutenant Commander, Production Division, Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. He retired in 1953 as a Rear Admiral USNR.


Almerian R. Boileau Personal Papers

Almerian (Al) Robinson Boileau graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1926. He ranked up from ensign to lieutenant junior grade to commander. He received his wings in 1929 and was involved in Naval Aviation for much of his life.


American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) Collection

The 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) - known famously as the Flying Tigers - was a group of volunteer US pilots, serving in China before and during WWII and led by Lieutenant General Claire Lee Chennault


Andrew Fodor Personal Papers

Andrew Fodor was a primary investor in the Mutual Aircraft Factory, which produced one aircraft, the Blackbird. The collection contains Andrew Fodor's personal collection of papers, letters and photos primarily relates to his involvement in the Mutual Aircraft Service. The papers and letters relate primarily to Mutual's aircraft and financial problems.


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