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Dear Mr. Campbell,
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Navy records in NARA’s custody do not include the record of the disposal/destruction of individual pieces of equipment, vehicles, or aircraft. Under normal Department of the Navy records management procedures, such documentation is considered temporary and would be destroyed after administrative use.
Navy aircraft history cards serve as a compilation of the locations and assigned units of the aircraft at set inventory times or as a record of transfers between locations or units. They do not record the complete history and activity of an individual aircraft. They also do not include information about missions or crews, nor do they record exact locations or manners of loss. The Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives provides a description of the U.S. Navy Aircraft History Cards in their custody. For access to Navy aircraft history cards from 1913 to October 1986, please contact the National Air and Space Museum Archives, 14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, VA 20151. The telephone number is (703) 572-4045 and the email address is NASMRefDesk@si.edu.
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