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The Aeronautical History Collection of Colonel Richard Gimbel

The Colonel Richard Gimbel Aeronautical History Collection contains more than 20,000 books, prints, manuscripts, and other items tracing 3,000 years of humanity’s aspirations and eventual achievement of flight. In 2000, The Friends sponsored the international scholarship and publication of The Genesis of Flight in print.

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To enhance the quality of the Academy’s McDermott Library, enabling it to acquire materials, pursue projects, and broaden its scope and activities beyond those made possible by Air Force allocated funds.

The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library is a private organization. It is not a part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and it has no governmental status.

We invite you to explore our site, learn about our activities, and view the contents of some of the biographical databases and collections that provide insight into the contributions of Academy graduates and the evolution of manned flight and military airpower.

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Our Newsletter     Spring 2022
New & Noteworthy

New Website

Welcome to our new website, completely redesigned with a new look. This is an ongoing project, as we work to add new content and expand current entries. Please take a look around and tell us what you think.



Charles Dolan

Charles Dolan flew with the Lafayette Escadrille, in addition to a distinguished career in military service and the aviation industry.



Reade Tilley

Reade Tilley was a World War II fighter ace who flew with the Eagle Squadron of the Royal Air Force.



James "Jimmy" Doolittle

Leader of the Tokyo Raiders in World War II, Jimmy Doolittle had a distinguished career that spanned decades.



Unmanned Aerial Systems

The Friends helped acquire collections of World War II issues of Stars and Stripes.