Historical Note

Scope and Content

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

Inventory   [ + ]

Subject Terms


Guide to the Convair Photograph Collection



PH Collection No.: 593
Creator: General Dynamics Corporation. Convair Division , photographer
Title: Convair Photograph Collection
Date Span: 1952-1957
Quantity: 54 photographic prints (1 box)
Location: K0183
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Convair-Liner 340 passenger transports on the final assembly line, San Diego plant, 1952. Special Collections, UW Libraries, UW22253z

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Historical Note

In 1923 the E.F. Gallaudet Aircraft Co. acquired patents and manufacturing rights from Dayton-Wright (U.S. Army Air Corps headquarters) and founded Consolidated Aircraft Corp. Consolidated Aircraft merged with Vultee Aircraft Corp. of San Diego, Calif., in 1941 and produced mostly military aircraft. The name was changed to Convair in 1943. Convair became a division of another military contractor, General Dynamics Corp., in 1953.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of publicity photographs of Consolidated Vultee and Convair designs from the 1950s. It is divided into five sections: Commercial Airplanes, Military Airplanes, Production, Static Test Center, and Solar Furnace. The collection primarily contains photographs of military aircraft, including some showing the famous B-36 Peacemaker and B-58 Hustler bombers. The most well documented sections, however, are of experimental military designs, the Static Test Center, which tests metal fatigue, and the experimental "Solar Furnace" (solar-powered laser).

Acquisition Info

The collection has been compiled from items in the repository's transportation-related subject photographs file.

Processing Info

Processed by Tim Held, 2002.


Inventory

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Convair Airplanes
1/11[Number not used]
2Convair Skylark 600 airplaneApr. 11, 1956

Photographer: Convair
Artist's depiction.
3-4Convair Golden Arrow airplaneJune 21, 1956

Photographer: Convair
Artist's depiction.

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Military Airplanes
1/25Convair R3Y flying boat hull section under constructionMay 2, 1952

Photographer: Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp.
6Convair flying boat hull section under construction   View image

Photographer: Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp.
7Convair R3Y-1 Tradewind flying boatMar. 25, 1953

Photographer: Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp.
Artist's depiction.
8Convair R3Y-1 Tradewind flying boat, first flight   View imageFeb. 25, 1954

Photographer: Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp.
1/39Convair C-131A Samaritan airplane cut-away model   View imageJan. 26, 1953

Photographer: Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp.
1/410-12Convair XFY-1 experimental airplane in stages of launch sequence   View imageMar. 17, 1954

Photographer: Convair
13Convair XFY-1 experimental airplane tethered in hanger for initial flight trials with F. "Skeets" Colman as test pilot June 17, 1954

Photographer: Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp.
14-19Convair XFY-1 experimental airplane undergoing flight trials with test pilot J. F. "Skeets" Coleman at Brown and Moffett Naval Air Stations   View imageAug. 1, 1954

Photographer: Convair
1/520-24Convair F-102 Interceptor airplane undergoing flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.   View imageFeb. 27, 1954

Photographer: Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp.
25-30Convair F-102A interceptor airplane undergoing flight tests with test pilot Richard Johnson at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Lindberg Field, San Diego, Calif.   View imageJan. 5, 1955

Photographer: Convair
1/631Convair Terrier anti-aircraft guided missile launching from USS Mississippi July 19, 1955

Photographer: Convair
1/732-36Convair XF2Y Sea Dart experimental navy fighter plane undergoing flight tests   View image

Photographer: Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp.
1/837Convair NB-36H airplane, the first aircraft to fly with an operating atomic reactor aboard   View imageAug. 6, 1956

Photographer: Convair
1/938Convair B-58 Hustler airplane, America's first supersonic bomberDec. 26, 1956

Photographer: Convair

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Convair Production
1/1039Convair Liner 340 under construction at the San Diego, Calif., plant   View imageAug. 28, 1952

Photographer: Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp.
40Convair trisonic wind tunnelMar. 21, 1955

Photographer: Convair
Artist's depiction.
41Convair electronically controlled milling machineMar. 28, 1955

Photographer: Convair
Artist's depiction.
42Ellis Barron and Robert Whaling with the Convair "Addaverter" electronic and digital computerMay 14, 1957

Photographer: Convair

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Convair Static Test Center
1/1143-47Convair Static Test Center, San Diego, Calif.Jan. 6, 1953

Photographer: Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp.

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Convair Solar Furnace
1/1248Convair Solar Furnace, San Diego, Calif.Apr. 15, 1954
49-51Convair Solar Furnace in operation   View imageApr. 15, 1954

Photographer: Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp.
52Display of ceramic materials burned in Convair's Solar FurnaceApr. 15, 1954

Photographer: Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp.
53Smoker demonstrates the solar furnace principle by lighting a cigarette with a flashlight reflectorApr. 15, 1954

Photographer: Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp.
54Solar Furnace made from a search lightMay 26, 1955

Photographer: Convair
55Thermodynamic test specialist operating the solar furnaceMay 26, 1955

Photographer: Convair

Subject Terms

Organizations:
General Dynamics Corporation. Convair Division.
Subjects:
Airplanes, Military--United States--Photographs.
Airplanes--United States--Flight testing--Photographs.
B-36 bomber--Photographs.
B-58 bomber--Photographs.
Convair airplanes--Photographs.
Research aircraft--Photographs.
Genre Headings:
Design drawings.
Publicity photographs.
Last modified: January 23, 2007
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