A Guide to the Edward C. Polhamus Papers, 1962-1986 Polhamus, Edward C. Papers Ms1990-051

A Guide to the Edward C. Polhamus Papers, 1962-1986

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Collection Number Ms1990-051


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1990-051
Title
Edward C. Polhamus Papers, 1962-1986
Physical Characteristics
0.4 cu. ft. 1 box
Creator
Polhamus, Edward C., (Edward Charles), 1923-2001
Language
English
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.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Edward C. Polhamus Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Edward C. Polhamus Papers, Ms1990-051, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to Special Collections prior to 1990.

Processing Information

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


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.

Scope and Content

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.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into subject files.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Archives of American Aerospace Exploration (AAAE)
  • Science and Technology
  • Occupations:

  • Aeronautical engineers.

Contents List

Box-folder 1-1
Variable Sweep Wing Patents & Research. E. Polhamus.
Bibliography
E.C. Polhamus. Variable Sweep Aircraft Wing Patent. 17 September 1963.
W.J. Alford, Jr. and E.C. Polhamus. Variable Sweep Wing Configuration. 11 September 1962.
E.C. Polhamus et al. Variable Sweep Aircraft Patent. 6 September 1966.
Ann Ewing. Supersonic Airplane with Changing Wing Patented. 9 September 1962.
Donald D. Baals & Edward C. Polhamus. Variable-Sweep Aircraft-Past, Present, and Future. June 1963.
NATO. Aiken, W.S. Aiken, Jr., Polhamus, E.C., & Toll, T.A. NASA Variable Research Geometry. April 1963.
NASA. Edward C. Polhamus & Thomas A. Toll. Research Related to Variable Sweep Aircraft Development. May 1981.
NASA. Alford, William J. Jr., Foster, Gerald V., Polhamus, Edward C. Technical Memorandum. December 1962.
Journal of Aircraft. E.C. Polhamus. Applying Slender Wing Benefits to Military Aircraft. August 1984.
Box-folder 1-2
NASA Support of F-111 Development. E. Polhamus.
Box-folder 1-3
F-111 Aero Consulting Group. E. Polhamus Notes (NASA Memeber of Group)
Box-folder 1-4
Congressional Hearings on TFX (F-111) Contract. E.C. Polhamus Testimony.
Box-folder 1-5
Development of the "Leading Edge Suction Analogy" of Vortex Lift. E. Polhamus. NASA/LRC.
Box-folder 1-6
Vortex Lift Correspondence. E. Polhamus. NASA/LRC.
Box-folder 1-7
Vortex Flow Aerodynamics & High α Aero. Polhamus.
Box-folder 1-8
Cryogenic Wind Tunnel Development. E. Polhamus. NASA/LRC.
Box-folder 1-9
1983 Wright Brothers Lectureship in Aeronautics. E.C. Polhamus.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Polhamus, Edward C., (Edward Charles), 1923-2001