William H. Thompson Papers
|Title:||William H. Thompson Papers|
|Call Number:||MS 2002-14|
|Size:||2.0 linear feet|
|Acquisition:||Donated by the Thompson family|
|Processed By:||BP and JLY, 8-2002; MN, 11-2012|
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The William H. Thompson Papers consists primarily of correspondence. The letters discuss aspects of Thompson's books, including marketing options, acknowledgments by purchasers, and research requests. The collection also includes letters between Thompson and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) discussing aviation design and research, letters from various test pilots, and letters discussing general topics. The majority of the collection is from the 1990s. Also included are reports regarding aviation design prepared by Thompson.
William H. Thompson was born January 26, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois. He learned to fly starting in 1940, first on gliders and then on powered airplanes. During World War II he trained Army Air Corps and French cadets for a Civilian Contract School in South Carolina. Afterwards he returned to Purdue University where he obtained an aeronautical engineering degree in 1947. He then began working for the Cessna Aircraft Company, first as an engineer and test pilot and later as Manager of Flight Test and Aerodynamics, where he participated in the design of many of the post-war Cessnas. After Cessna, Thompson served as a consultant for SIAI Marchetti Aircraft in Sesto Calende, Italy where he was responsible for a line of small aircraft. He then returned to Oregon and later to Bella Vista, Arkansas, where he completed writing Cessna Wings for the World The Single-Engine Development Story, the companion volume, Cessna Wings for the World II Development of the 300 Series Twins and Miscellaneous Prototypes, and his autobiography, A Test Pilot's Life. He was a Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, a member of the SAE Cockpit Standardization Committee, and the only representative of the general aviation industry on NASA's Aerodynamics/Aeronautical committees. Thompson died March 17, 2001.
Detailed Description: Series Listing
|Series 1||Box 1||Correspondence. This series includes correspondence sent and received by Bill Thompson. The letters discuss various topics, including marketing options for Thompson's books, acknowledgments of books received by customers, aviation research and design, aviation history and personal issues. The majority of the letters are from the 1990s.|
|Series 2||Box 2 FF 1-8||Research and Writings. The files in this series are comprised of correspondence sent and received by Thompson. The letters discuss single engine aircraft, Thompson's writings, and requests for information about aviation for Thompson's books.|
|Series 3||Box 2 FF 9-21||Reports. This series includes reports about aeronautic design. The majority of the reports were prepared by Thompson.|