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Title Huff Daland Duster Technical Drawings
Date ca. 05/1936
Collection Delta Air Lines Audiovisual: Technical Drawings
Catalog Number 1998.3.1
Object Name Drawing, Technical
Extent of Description 1 file
Creator Dickard, Jr., H.E.
Other Creators Delta Air Corporation
Admin/Biographical History These technical drawings of the Huff Daland Duster (also called the Huff Daland Petrel) crop-dusting aircraft were created by H.E. "Herb" Dickard, Jr., an engineering student who worked with Delta Air Corporation and its Dusting Division in Monroe, for several years during the summers and on Saturdays while in school. In a letter to his son H.E. Dickard, III, in October 1991, he describes how these preliminary Duster drawings came to be made (see Accession File 1998.3 at the Delta Flight Museum for a copy of the letter).

Herb Dickard was asked by Delta General Manager C.E. Woolman to draw to scale the Huff Daland Duster. Delta had acquired the patents to the Duster, needed more cropdusters and planned to build the dusters in-house. The original plans had been attacked by rodents and were not useable.

Herb Dickard drew the first sketches on blank telegram forms provided by Catherine FitzGerald, assistant to C.E. Woolman and Delta's office administrator in Monroe, probably in May 1936. The final engineering blueprints were produced in June-July 1936.

Herb Dickard recalled that ten people built the three new crop dusters "from scratch" in 1936-1937, while maintaining the other airplanes in Delta's fleet in Monroe. The new crop dusters were Ship 70 (NR17606), Ship 71 (NR17607) and Ship 72 (NR17608). Herb was assigned the task of building wing ribs. The new crop dusters did not have a known airplane factory name, but Delta General Manager C. E. Woolman worked things out with the CAA (now the FAA) by declaring the aircraft as experimental.

Delta's earlier Huff Daland Dusters were built by Huff Daland Airplanes, Inc., later renamed the Keystone Aircraft Company. The Huff Daland Duster was the first aircraft designed for crop dusting.
Scope & Content Set of four Huff Daland Duster preliminary scale drawings, drafted by H.E. "Herb" Dickard, Jr. Pencil drawings on blank telegram forms.
Credit line Gift of H. E. Dickard, Jr.
People Woolman, Collett Everman, 1889-1966
FitzGerald, Catherine, 1897-1987
Search Terms Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Corporation
Delta Agricultural Division
Delta Dusting Division
Huff-Daland Airplanes, Inc.
Huff-Daland Duster
Monroe, La.
Louisiana
South (U.S.)
Subjects Crop dusting
Drawings, Engineering
Technical drawings
Aircraft
Airplanes
Engineers
Executives
Mechanics, Aviation (Science)
Mechanics (Persons)
Telegrams
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