Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Dale Ross Stith Collection
Association
Quiet Aircraft Association
Collection Number
1405
Date(s)
Undated
Size
0.3 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D060.5E; Cold Storage Vault
Processed by
C. Trobridge, Sep. 2004[Updated: Oct. 2010 by J. Saffell]
Digitization Status
Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

To search for items within this collection, or within all of the holdings of the Vietnam Archive, go to the Virtual Vietnam Archive

Scope and Content

CD-Roms, photocoied newspaper and periodical articles, internet printouts and an issue of Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine that document the development Quiet Aircraft during Vietnam. These aircraft inclued the Quiet Thruster (QT) and the YO-3A that were deployed during the Tet Offensive. DVD titled "Taking the Night Away from Charlie" discusses the use of quiet aircraft during the Vietnam War.

Biographical Note

Dale Ross Stith was in Soc Trang, Vietnam in early 1968, associated with the 221st Reconnaissance Company working on the avionics of the QT-2

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Papers on quiet aircraft 
1
1
D060.5E
The Story of Quiet Aircraft Development by F. David Schnebly
Early Stealth Aircraft, A Chronology by Dale Ross Stith
QU-22 Losses by Ronald Gilliam
Flyer for lecture "Stealth" Aircraft: From Beginning to Future at the Frontiers of Flight Museum
Lockheed Missiles and Space Company composite illustration showing QT-2, QT-2 Prize Crew, YO-3A and the Q-Star
Photocopies of magazine articles about quiet aircraft 
2
"Stealth in the sixties" possibly from Janes
"The 'Quiet Airplane' Searches for Charlie" in Hawk
"The 2-32, Vietnam and Me" from the 1979 Annual NCSA Banquet
"Snooping on Illegal Shrimpers" from Louisiana Conservationist
"America's Super-Secret Spy Plane in Vietnam" from Gung Ho
Aviation Week and Space Technology cover (1 December 1969) and on reverse cover of Aviation Week and Space Technology (25 October 1971) - 3 copies
Aviation Week and Space Technology cover (26 March 1979)
Order flyer for "A Greenhouse Anthology"
Photocopies of newspaper articles about quiet aircraft 
3
Now, A Plane That Sneaks Up On 'Em! (30 July 1968)
Silent Airplane Being Built (15 October 1969)
Lockheed Develops 'Quietest' Plane (30 July 1968)
New Airplane Designed to Quietly Spy on of Foe (14 October 1969)
Noiseless New Plane is Tested by Lockheed (15 October 1969)
Spy Glider Gets Tryout here (1970)
For Quieter Spying (1 April 1970)
Magazine articles and photographs of the Lockheed Q-Star 
4
The Lockheed Q-Star by Jay Wright from the Journal of American Aviation Historical Society Fall 1994
Wankel Rotary Engine Powers Super-quiet Plane in Test Flight
photocopy of photo showing Q-Star N57135
Magazine articles and photographs of the Lockheed QT-2 
5
Photocopy of Letter from General William Westmoreland to Dale Stith commending him for his work while in Vietnam
Photocopies of photographs of the Lockheed YO-3A 
6

Separated Materials

Electronic Media
1405EM0245: CD-Rom containing online resources, presentations, publications and museums that pertain to Quiet Aircraft.

1405EM0246: CD-Rom containing images of the QT-2 and YO-3A.

1405EM0247: CD-Rom containing images and documents pertaining to the YO-3A.

1405EM0248: CD-Rom containing images of the QT-2 in Vietnam.
Moving Images
1405VI2545 DVD - Taking the Night Away from Charlie.
Periodicals
Smithsonian Air & Space (May 2004).

Digitized Materials

Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

To search for items within this collection, or within all of the holdings of the Vietnam Archive, go to the Virtual Vietnam Archive

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