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Raymond Willard Hayes Collection

Identifier: H051-84

Scope and Content

The Raymond Willard Hayes Collection is organized into six series:

This collection contains documents, photographs, newsletters, clippings, personal files, organizational files, aeronautical charts, maps, pilot log books, manuals, forms, memoranda, correspondence, briefings, training and exam material, reports, expense vouchers, invoices, seniority listings, and ephemera that were created and/or collection in the course of Hayes’ career as a military and airline pilot. The Raymond Willard Hayes Collection is housed in thirty-three boxes of varying sizes, totaling 21.5 linear ft.

The collection arrived in good condition. The processing archivist identified six series with the first series being the Documents Series, which includes documents related to Hayes' Career with Braniff Airways/Braniff International, The United States Army Air Forces, The Airline Pilots Association, and documents relating to Hayes' personal finances.

The second series is the Photograph Series, which consists of photographs of personal events from the life of Hayes, Braniff Airlines, and various aircraft. Included in this series is a small group of oversized certificates and proclamations.

The third series is the Newsletters and Press Clippings Series, which houses a collection of issues from The BISE newsletter, and other newsletters of interest to Hayes. The series also contains newspaper clippings related to Hayes' personal life, Braniff Airways, and his retirement from Braniff in 1976. There are files on the formation of "The Silver Eagles," Braniff’s retired pilots association, of which Hayes was an integral part.

The fourth series is the Charts and Maps Series, which contains aeronautical charts and maps used by Hayes during his flying career. The charts are primarily focused on the central, southern, and Midwestern United States, though some international maps are present.

The fifth series is the Logbooks Series, which encompasses seventy-five logbooks covering Raymond Willard Hayes' flight activates from 1939 to 1982.

The sixth series is the Manuals Series, which incorporates a wide variety of training material and operations manuals used by Hayes as a line pilot for Braniff Airways, a flight instructor for Southeastern Oklahoma College, The US Army Air Forces, and as a check pilot/jet instructor for Braniff.


  • Creation: 1927 - 2000
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1933 - 1992


Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

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

Raymond Willard Hayes was born May 18, 1916 in Bonham, Texas. As a young boy, his family moved to Denison, Texas. It was there in 1934 during his senior year of high school at Denison High, that Hayes began to take flying lessons. After five years of training at Gray Field in Denison, Hayes went on to earn both his pilot certification and his commercial pilot’s license. After a very brief stint hauling passengers, Hayes became an instructor with Southeastern Oklahoma College’s Civilian Pilot Training Program.

In May of 1941, Hayes journeyed to Dallas and joined Braniff Airways as a co-pilot. He was advanced to pilot status a year later and was assigned as an instructor to the military aviation school Braniff Airways ran in Brownsville, Texas. Hayes alternated this duty with serving as a pilot for Braniff and the Air Transport Command (ATC) ferrying cargo between San Antonio, Texas and The Panama Canal Zone. At the end of World War II, Hayes returned to line flying with Braniff. In 1967, Hayes became Assistant Manager of Operations at Braniff’s headquarters in Dallas. In 1969, Hayes became a flight instructor for jet aircraft and check pilot. In 1974, he returned to regular line flying, and in 1976, he retired from Braniff International after thirty-five years of service. While serving with Braniff, Hayes qualified to fly the DC-2, DC-3, DC-4, DC-6, DC-7, Lockheed 12, Lockheed L-188, Convair 340-440, Boeing 707-227-720, and the Boeing 727. He logged 27,000 hours of flight time and racked up an estimated 7,100,000 miles of travel.

Hayes was also active in the aviation industry in other ways. He was a longstanding member of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), and active in Council #42, the local Braniff-Dallas Chapter. In 1969, Hayes was one of the men responsible for the creation of a Braniff Retiree Club, which in 1970 would become the Braniff International Silver Eagles.

Hayes married Ms. Lois Fher on June 16, 1940. They had been childhood friends and graduated Denison High School together. They had three children, John and Jim, who worked for Braniff and flew with their father on his last trip, as well as a daughter, Alice. Raymond Willard and Lois Hayes had their 50th wedding Anniversary in 1990.

After retirement, Hayes remained active in flying, purchasing a Cessna 183 Skylane and keeping it in flying condition. He was active in the Masons, as well as serving as a head usher at Preston Hollow Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Hayes also volunteered at The History of Aviation Archives at The University of Texas at Dallas. Raymond Willard Hayes passed away on March 13, 1999.


"Raymond Willard Hayes," Biography, Folder 1, Box 5, Series I, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.


21.5 Linear Feet (Twenty-four manuscript boxes, eight record center boxes, and one video storage box (8.5 x 17.5 x 5).)


Raymond Willard Hayes was born May 18, 1916 in Bonham, TX. He joined Braniff Airways in 1941, and began flying military supplies for The Air Transport Command. After World War II, Hayes returned to Braniff and in 1967, he became Assistant Operations Manager for Braniff's Dallas Headquarters. In 1969, he became a Flight Instructor, and he retired in 1976. Hayes was also active in general aviation in his private life and volunteered his time with The History of Aviation Archives at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Series Description

The Raymond Willard Hayes Collection is arranged into six series:

Series I. Documents 7.6 linear ft. (nineteen manuscript boxes), 1937-1996.

Arranged topically.

Series II. Photographs 1.2 linear ft. (three manuscript boxes), 1927-1990.

Arranged topically.

Series III. Newsletters and Press Clippings 1.2 linear ft. (three manuscript boxes), 1945-1993.

Arranged topically.

Series IV. Charts and Maps 1.0 linear ft. (one record center box), 1943-1991.

Arranged topically.

Series V. Logbooks 1.0 linear ft. (one record center box), 1939-1971.

Arranged topically.

Series VI. Manuals 7.0 linear ft. (six record center boxes and one video storage box), 1938-1992.

Arranged topically.

Provenance Statement

The Raymond Willard Hayes Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by John M. Hayes in multiple accessions from 1984 through 1992.

Additional Sources

Additional information on Braniff Airways can be found in the Braniff Collection. The History of Aviation Archives also houses the papers of John Michael Hayes, Raymond Willard Hayes' son, who was also a pilot for Braniff.


The books/magazines in this collection have been separated from the main collection and incorporated in the HAC Monograph/Magazine Stacks.

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

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

2 = Doolittle Archives

3 = Lighter than Air Archives

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

5 = History of Aviation Archives

6 = University Archives

7 = HAC Stacks

8 = WPRL Stacks

9 = 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: 5RWH-1-1-PC1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

RWH = Raymod Willard Hayes Collection

= Series Number

1 = Box Number

1 = Folder Number

P = Photograph/Postcard

C = Color

1 = 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.

Guide to the Raymond Willard Hayes Collection, 1916-1999
Thomas J. Allen, PhD, CA
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Thomas Allen, PhD, CA. 2018-05-23 Second revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2020-10-16.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-04-19: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Thomas Allen, PhD, CA
  • 2020-10-16: 2nd revision was an update of certain style elements in the finding aid 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