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Research Aviation Facility (RAF) Aircraft Drawings

Identifier: RAFAD

Scope and Contents

The RAF Aircraft Drawings document the work of this group to build and implement a variety of airborne instrumentation. The collection offers a window into the logistical details of scientific research that is carried out using aircraft.


  • 1955 - 2001
  • Majority of material found within 1972 - 1975

Conditions Governing Access

The collection must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours.

Conditions Governing Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.

Biographical / Historical

NCAR's Research Aviation Facility (RAF) has been in operation since 1967, serving the NSF geosciences community by providing research platforms and expertise in airborne installations and measurement techniques.


550 Items

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The collection is arranged according to original order. Drawings were retained in their original cabinetry and drawer order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Marcel Verstraete and Steve Williams of the Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) in September 2014.

Processing Information

This collection was processed over the summer of 2015. All materials were retained. Drawings were flattened for storage if possible and rubber bands were removed.

Research Aviation Facility (RAF) Aircraft Drawings
Evin Strand and Kathleen Legg
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Repository Details

Part of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Archives Repository