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Wayne T. Abbey Papers

Identifier: CA035-13

Scope and Content

This collection contains military records, photographs, manuals, personal papers, ephemera, and memorabilia that were created and/or collected by Wayne T. Abbey during his military and Air America career. The Wayne T. Abbey Papers are housed in two boxes of varying sizes totaling 1.65 linear ft.

The collection arrived in good condition and was initially processed with only a container list as description. Due to a change of the content management system, further description proved to be necessary. Later, the collection was reprocessed with a new arrangement. The archivist identified four series, with the first series being the Military Documents Series. Materials included are aeronautical orders, letter orders, and special orders covering the training and deployment history, and certification of training at the Advanced Flying School as Transport Pilot for C-124-P-204, and exceeding the speed of sound barrier in an F-100 Super Sabre.

The second series is the Air America Series containing a Pilatus PC-6 Porter flight manual.

The third series is the Photographs Series depicting Abbey’s life in the Air Force, with Air America, an aircraft crash, and Abbey with his spouse, his portrait, and him participating in a running event.

The fourth series is the Ephemera and Memorabilia Series comprising Abbey’s discharge records, driver’s licenses from various countries (Germany, Laos, and Saudi Arabia), US passports, vaccination records, sew on badges, trip logs, a CAT appointment calendar for 1959, a jump suite, navigation computers with handbook, a Kukri Machete with traditional Karda and Chakmak, and an Air America pilot’s hat.


  • Creation: 1956 - 1985
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1965 - 1974


Language of Materials

Collection is in English, Laotian, German, and Arabic.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Biographical Sketch

Wayne Thomas Abbey was born on April 18, 1934. After his carreer with the United States Air Force, he was honorably discharged on September 30, 1976 with the rank of Major. He was employed by Air America as a captain and pilot.


Wayne T. Abbey Papers, Military Records, Folder 7, Box 1, Series IV, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.


1.65 Linear Feet (One half-size manuscript box and one non-standard (14.5x18.5x3.0) box)


Wayne Thomas Abbey was employed by Air America as a captain and pilot.

Series Description

The Wayne T. Abbey Papers are arranged in four series:

Series I. Military Documents 0.04 linear ft. (four folders), 1956-1973.

Arranged by topic.

Series II. Air America 0.06 linear ft. (one folder), 1969-04-01.

Arranged by topic.

Series III. Photographs 0.01 linear ft. (one folder), Undated.

Arranged by topic.

Series IV. Ephemera and Memorabilia 1.4 linear ft. (five folders and one non-standard box), ca. 1959-1985.

Arranged by topic.

Provenance Statement

The Wayne T. Abbey Papers were donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Mrs. Loren Abbey.

Additional Sources

Additional information about this topic can be found in the History of Aviation Archives in the following Collections:

CAT/Air America Collection

Image ID

It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection are identified by a unique number that provides information about the format, record group, collection, series, box, folder, and image numbers. Please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.

Record Group Code

01 = CAT/Air American Archives

02 = Doolittle Archives

03 = Lighter than Air Archives

04 = George H. Williams, Jr., World War I Aviation Library

05 = History of Aviation Archives

06 = University Archives

07 = HAC Stacks

08 = WPRL Stacks

09 = Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Collection

10 = Belsterling Collection

11 = Closed Stacks

12 = Unidentified

13 = Chance Vought Archives

14 = Twirly Birds Archives

Image Format Code

P = Photograph/Postcard

S = Slide

N = Negative

T = Positive Transparency

B = Black and White

C = Color

Example: 01WTA-01-01-PC001

01 = CAT/Air American Archives

WTA = Wayne T. Abbey Papers

01 = Box Number

01 = Folder Number

P = Photograph/Postcard

C = Color

001 = Image Number

Images archived in plastic image holders may also have a location code in the format: 1/TL. In this example, the number is the sheet number and the letters indicate the top left position on the sheet. Position indicators are T = top, L = left, R = right, M = middle, and B = bottom. Position indicators may be combined to describe the position on the sheet, as shown in this example.

Note to the Researcher

The materials in this collection are in good condition. Sensitive information was redacted and the original placed at a secure location for staff view only, as were medical records. The Air America pilot's hat is currently missing.

Materials Removed List

0.38 linear ft. (one manuscript box) of duplicate materials and empty flight logs that were not pertinent to the collection have been de-accessioned and shredded because of sensitive information.

Wayne T. Abbey Papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Cassandra Zawojek, 2018-03-29. Second revision by Patrizia Nava, CA, 2019-02-19. Third revision by Patrizia Nava, CA 2020-08-03.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-03-29: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Cassandra Zawojek.
  • 2019-02-19: 2nd revision was a reprocessing of the collection and an update of the finding aid by Patrizia Nava, CA.
  • 2020-08-03: 3rd revision was an update of the finding aid's language and script of description by Patrizia Nava, CA.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Archives. Repository

3020 Waterview Pkwy
Suite 11.206
Richardson Texas 75080 US