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Edward C. Polhamus Papers,

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1990-051

Scope and Contents

The collection papers include reprints of articles and reports by Polhamus, correspondence, notebooks, and photographs relating to his patents on variable wing sweeps, F-111 aircraft and cryogenic wind tunnel development and vortex lift aerodynamics, Congressional testimony on the TFX contract investigation, and materials relating to his Wright Brothers lectureship.

Dates

  • 1962 - 1986

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction. Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives (specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

Edward C. Polhamus (1923-2001), an aeronautical engineer active in aerodynamics research related to the development of high-speed aircraft, received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland (1944) and joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in 1944. Polhamus was head of the Stability and Performance Branch, the Fluid Dynamics Branch, and a Distinguished Research Associate at NASA Langley Research Center, retiring from NASA in 1981. Polhamus is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and has been and advisor to the U.S. Defense Department and the Air Force on variable-sweep technology. He is the holder or co-holder of three U. S. patents on variable-sweep wing technology; furthermore, Polhamus is recognized as the co-inventor of the variable-sweep aircraft configuration concept that led to the U. S. Air Force F-111 and B-1 aircraft. Polhamus presented the AIAA Wright Brothers lecture on 1983.

Extent

0.4 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Abstract

Edward C. Polhamus was an aeronautical engineer active in aerodynamics research related to the development of high-speed aircraft. The collection papers include reprints of articles and reports by Polhamus, correspondence, notebooks, photographs relating to his patents, and materials relating to his Wright Brothers lectureship.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into subject files.

Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to Special Collections prior to 1990.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Edward C. Polhamus Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Edward C. Polhamus Papers was completed in November 2012.

Title
Edward C. Polhamus Papers, 1962-1986
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Staff
Date
2012 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-09-09: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308