Aviation History Writer
- 6 January 2013
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Does anyone know where the Bell Aircraft Corporation archives ended up?
Orionblamblam said:Mostly in the trash.
A fair amount ended up at the Niagara Aerospace Museum. In 2007 it was in a state of nearly complete chaos, but it was beginning to be organized. And then the Indians kicked the museum out of their property, and it all went into storage. The NAM was re-opened as the Ira Ross Aerospace Museum, "Behind the Sabres Store, HSBC Arena," in 2008. I don't know much about it, but it seems to be much smaller than it was... it's closed for winter, and the P-39 and V-22 are not on display. I would surmise that the archive is simialrly boxed up and still in storage, probably unaccessible.
I've heard rumors - nothing more than hearsay - about another major US corporate aerospace archive possibly facing the chopping block. There might soon be nothing left apart from the major museums and the government archives, and scattered private collections.