FAIRCHILD, Muir Stephen Papers (1918-1950)

5.8 cu ft

Call No. 168.7001

IRIS No. 0125458-0125598

General. USAF, 1917-1950.

Born in Bellingham, WA. U of Washington, 1913-1917. Air Service Engineering School, 1923; Air Corps Engineering School, 1929; Air Corps Tactical School, 1935; Army Industrial College, 1936; Army War College, 1937. Served to grade of Private First Class, Aviation Section, Signal Corps, 1917-1918; commissioned Second Lieutenant, Aviation Section, Signal Officer Reserve Corps, January 1918. Career assignments include: various duties as company grade officer, 1918-1923; Chief, Engines and Plane Maintenance Branch, McCook Field, 1923-1925; various duties as field grade officer, 1926-1941; Assistant to Chief of Air Corps, 1941-1942; member, Joint Strategic Survey Committee, Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1942-1946; Commander, Air University, 1946-1948; Vice Chief of Staff, USAF, 1948-1950. Died at Fort Myer, Arlington, VA. Fairchild AFB, WA named in his honor.

Personal and official papers relating to Fairchild's Air Force career. Includes personal correspondence (1931-1948) and official correspondence (1923-1950). Contains material on his early career at McCook Field, OH and Langley Field, VA (1923-1926). Also contains some material on strategic bombing and establishment of Air University. Collection also includes materials pertaining to Fairchild's participation in the Pan American Flight (1926-1928). Includes copies of some reports on aircraft (1923-1925) and copies of various studies on several aviation and defense related topics (1932-1940). Also contains various course materials from Army Industrial College (1935-1938), Army War College (1936-1937), and Air Corps Tactical School (1937-1940). Also includes copies of speeches, press releases, and articles by Fairchild and various other materials relating to his tenure as Commander of Air University (1946-1948). Includes copies of some of his personnel files and military flying records (1918-1950), and trips (1966-1975), and copies of selected magazines (1970-1981). Also includes a copy of the Handbook of Radio Range Data (1935). Also contains numerous photographs (1903-1976) including those taken during World War II, during the Pan American Flight (1926-1927), of the Lockheed XP-80A (1948), and of the Besler Engine Mounting System (1932).

Related materials located elsewhere in the Document Collection, Air Force Historical Research Agency, include Fairchild's loose-leaf folder containing information on accepted airplane estimated schedule of deliveries by model and year and other schedules, February-April 1941 (144.08-1); two folders of background material, particularly concerning the Dumbarton Oaks Proposals, prepared for Fairchild as a War Department Adviser to the US Delegation , United Nations Conference on International Organization, 25 April 1945 (146.2-15), and voluminous correspondence, memoranda, and office papers of Fairchild while Commander, Air University, 1946-1948 (239.2611-1 through 121).

Related materials located at the Library of Congress include other personal papers.