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Drew Taylor Aircraft Collection

Identifier: MS-371

Scope and Content

The Drew Taylor Aircraft Collection documents a variety of aircraft, primarily from the mid-20th century, with both photographs and technical information. Through this collection, researchers may gain insight into not only the aircraft that were put into production, but also those that remained in the experimental stages of development. The collection is divided into two series.

Series I, Photographs, is the largest series and contains photographs of aircraft and helicopters/ vertical take-off aircraft. The series is grouped according to aircraft photographs, helicopters and vertical take-off aircraft, and general aircraft photographs with largest grouping being aircraft. Within each grouping, the photographs are arranged in alphabetical order according to manufacturer. At the end of this series is a photograph album containing photographs taken by Mr. Taylor at various locations or events, including photographs taken at the Air Force "Bone Yard" at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ.

Series II, General Aircraft Information, contains general information about aircraft and helicopters. The first grouping contains information about aircraft and the second groups contains information on helicopters. Mostly the files contain drawings and a few articles or technical information brochures on a specific aircraft or helicopter. The last grouping contains publication and manuals. Of note is a flight manual for the C-47. Other publications include a 1974 Aerospace Information Handbook on Air Force vehicles, and a 1970 booklet giving the background information on Air Force Aces.


  • Creation: 1910-2011


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biography of Biography of Drew Taylor

Drew Taylor served in the United States Air Force for a number of years before retiring and becoming a member of the Huffman Prairie Aviation Historical Society in Dayton, Ohio. His interest in military aircraft became the basis for his desire to collect what he could on a wide variety of aircraft employed by the military while he was serving in the Air Force. When he was recalled to active duty in 2001, he decided to donate his materials to Wright State University in hopes that his fellow aircraft enthusiasts might find the collection useful.


3.5 linear feet

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The Drew Taylor Aircraft Collection contains a variety of photographs and documents on United States Air Force aircraft, primarily from the mid-twentieth century. The collection contains photographs, negatives, articles, perspective drawings, and technical information on each airplane. The collection also includes a flight manual from 1965, a 1974 Aerospace Information Handbook on Air Force vehicles, and a booklet on Air Force Aces.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series.

  1. Series I: Photographs, 1910-1995
  2. Series II: General Aircraft Information, 1946-2011

Acquisition Information

The Drew Taylor Aircraft Collection was donated to Special Collections and Archives by Drew Taylor in 2002.


Further accruals are expected.

Related Material

MS-223, William F. Yeager Aviation Collection MS-319, Bergen Hardesty Collection MS-344, Walter Matthews Jefferies Aviation Collection MS-353, Robert L. Cavanagh Aviation Collection MS-376, Robert E. Williams Collection

Processing Information

Processed by: R. Lee Steiner in March 2008. Additions added, collection reorganized, and finding aid written according to DACS standards by John Armstrong, 2015.

Guide to the Drew Taylor Aircraft Collection (MS-371)
Finding aid prepared by John Armstrong, April, 2015
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA