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Technical manuals and archives

Many of us are involved in aircraft restoration since more than 20 years. We are also collecting aviation documents since many years. We learned, sometime the hard way, some lessons.

Starting the restoration of an aircraft without the technical manuals is the shortest way to disasters as these documents are needed from the start to the end to apply the corrects preservation actions based on the technical aspects of a specific aircraft. We saw too much repairs who definitively destroyed the historic parts because modern techniques or wrong materials were used.

Archives who are not saved immediately when they are discovered are lost most of the time forever. We saw too much original documents lost or destroyed because nobody reacted when they were offered for free. A family who need to dispose of aviation papers quickly for cause of a deceased parent cannot wait months. Archives preservation require quick actions and safe space to store the documents. Fortunately, we have now both.

Storing technical manuals and archives is no sense if nobody can access these resources. The best way to preserve the history and techniques used in Aviation is to share the information and if possible to keep the techniques used.

We systematically scan in digital format the documents we receive or which are leased to us for archiving.
We can then share these documents.
We have an archive room and IT equipment to scan and consult archives.
Some rare archives were already saved this way.
For technical manuals we do not limit our interest to aircraft used in Belgium as these manuals can be useful in archaeological projects or techniques applied to an aircraft can be described in detail in the manuals of another aeroplane.

In September 2013, our digital library contain more than 800 manuals and was still growing.

In May 2014, more than 1000 documents are scanned and indexed. The last one being a repair manual for the CF-100. Most of the aircraft used by the Belgian Air Force are documented.

A full set of the documents concerning the B-25 is already in use for the restoration.

Many thanks to Yves and Didier who provided a lot of documents from their collections for scanning as well as Thierry who gives us sources where to find documents.

There is still plenty of work to be done.

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Yves Duwelz,
May 6, 2014, 3:35 PM