The American Airpower Heritage Museum (AAHM) curates the largest private collection of World War II aviation militaria and material culture. The largest category in collections is Literature and Research, which comprises all library and archives collections, including approximately 4,095 bound volumes, 9,670 periodicals (includes a large WWII newspaper collection), 4,250 World War II aviation manuals and technical manuals, 9,700 slides, 7,500 photographs, 2,689 oral histories (770 transcribed), 500 films and videos, 500 personal papers and letters, as well as scrapbooks, philately, postcards, maps and blueprints. In total, some 42,000 objects fall into this category. A few highlights among these include Adolf Hitler's signature and stationery, technical specifications for most for most WWII aircraft, Brigadier General Paul Tibbets' Oral History (pilot of the first atomic bomb mission), original U. S. Army training films for WWII aviators, Japanese propaganda leaflets and an archive on Midland Army Air Field (site of the museum), which was the largest WWII bombardier training base in the world.
American Airpower Heritage Museum, Inc. & Confederate Air Force Headquarters
9600 Wright Drive Midland, TX 79711
P. O. Box 62000 Midland, TX 79711-2000
(432) 567-3009 (Museum)
(432) 563-1000 (CAF HQ)
(432) 567-3047 (Fax)
You must call and make a reservation to do any research.