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Harold F. Miller Papers

Identifier: CA158-87

Scope and Content

This collection includes personal papers, business records, personnel files, memoranda, inter-office routing slips, reports, financial reports, brochures, clippings, articles, ephemera, aeronautical charts, operations manuals, instructions, guides, photographs, and memorabilia that were created and/or collected by Harold F. Miller during his career with Air America, Inc. The Harold F. Miller Papers are housed in seven boxes of various sizes, totaling 4.6 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. During an assessment for an application for an NEH grant, the collection was identified for further processing and description.

The curator identified six series with the first series being the Personal Paper Series, which contains photographs for licenses; Vietnamese driver’s licenses issued to Miller, a Laotian pilot’s license Royaume du Laos Pilote Professionel de 1re Classe issued to Miller, a “Temporary Airman Certificate;” a poem “Air America Lament,” by Harry Bonessa; a “Notification of Change in Salary/Status;” an USAF refund of school tuition for Miller’s son Treg A. Miller; a descriptive inventory of household good by Vietnam Travel Agency; correspondence stating that Air America, Inc. has assumed obligations of employment with Air Asia Company, Ltd.; a “Request for dependent Education Subsidy” for Phenix Study Group for Treg A. Miller; memoranda regarding insurance, uniforms, traveling, seniority listing, temporary assignments; radiograms regarding leave; an instruction guide for Udorn, Thailand and Thailand in general; an organizational chart for the Pacific Corporation, Air America, Air Asia and Civil Air Transport; correspondence from Air America that Thai Airways Aircraft Maintenance Co. Ltd. Is the successor contractor to Air America; “Circular Northern Thailand Division, Air America, Inc.” regarding Operations support Group personnel assignments; and an envelope from Bell Helicopter International, Inc. from Iran to Miller; Miller’s flight log books; and memoranda, inter-office routing slips and correspondence regarding Miller’s commendations.

The second series is the Air America, Inc. Series, which is further organized into two subseries: 1. Employment and 2. Training.

Subseries 1. contains correspondence regarding Air America’s retirement plans, “Personnel Manual for American Employees;” notices regarding the company’s assets; correspondence regarding unemployment insurance; correspondence regarding Miller asking for employment opportunities in Peru and with Air America providing flight career information; memoranda regarding federal tax withholdings; memoranda and correspondence between Miller and Air America regarding termination and resignation; memoranda, travel orders, insurance cards, inter-office routing slips, and radiograms regarding repatriation allowances and repatriation of Miller family; booklets and correspondence from Far East Pilot Association regarding insurance, strikes, and status of negotiations; correspondence, inter-office routing slips, syllabi, notices regarding training and flight time regulations; student evaluations; incident, accident, and trip reports; business records regarding personnel strength; XOXO message regarding VTE D72 241100Z; narrative regarding the background on Air America; memoranda on up country into-plane fuel service and parts distribution; seniority listings; monthly flight crew activity and payment reports; and directory and correspondence regarding Air America employment and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Subseries 2. contains draft and final version of Functional Check Flight (FCF) maintenance course student handbook for Sikorsky UH-34D helicopters, correspondence, radiograms, teletype, notes, progress reports, FCF patterns, and memoranda regarding training of Royal Lao Air Force pilots, instructor’s outlines, and training course proposals; aerodynamics reference materials: helicopter aerodynamics and performance charts and UH-34D study guides, medical certificates, aircraft ratings, airport traffic area, fuel requirements, distance measuring equipment (DME), times approaches from a holding fix, radar controlled approaches, air navigation radio aids, automatic terminal information service (ATIS), instrument landing system (ILS), radar controlled approaches, transponder operation, radar traffic information service, ”Survival and Life Support Equipment Bulletin Over Water Emergency Locator Beacons,” examination question handbook, and H-34 initial training syllabus; handbook Udorn External Helicopter Load and Light Aircraft Recovery Guidelines including images; correspondence, inter-office routing slip, front view of the Lycoming T-53-L-11 engine; Inter-office routing slip, charts, correspondence, radiogram, notes, and memoranda regarding the Lycoming T-53-L-13 engine.

The third series is the Publication Series, which is further organized into three subseries: 1. Manuals, 2. Clippings, and 3. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Subseries 1. contains pilot’s indoctrination, operation, flying, directed flying programs, standardization of helicopter maneuvers, normal and emergency flight procedures, checklists, HIGE and HOGE weights for Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) Series, Bell 204B, Bell 205A, and Bell OH13 Sioux and their variants; operator’s manual for Boeing-Vertol CH-47B and CH-47C Chinook helicopters; flight operation instructions for Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina; operator’s manual and directed study programs for de Havilland Canada, DHC-4 Caribou; aircraft flight manuals for Curtiss C-46 Commando; operator’s and crewmember’s checklist for Hughes OH-6A aircraft and owner’s manual for the Hughes 500 Model 369 HS helicopter; pilot’s checklist for Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw and Standardization of Helicopter Maneuvers (UH-19), HIGE and HOGE weights for Sikorsky H-34 "Choctaw," pocket checklists for UH-34D, G, and J helicopter, flight manuals for navy models UH-34D, G and J helicopters, operator’s manual Army Model CH-34A and CH-34C, and directed study program for UH-34 helicopters; instructions for the Dalton Dead Reckoning Computer; and primary helicopter training manual.

Subseries 2. contains clippings and articles from Bangkok Post, Bangkok Post Sunday Magazine, Business News including correspondence from Air America and the United States Department of the Treasury, Newsweek, Off Duty Pacific, Pacific Stars and Stripes, The Asia Magazine, and The Washington Post regarding the United States’ involvement in Southeast Asia and particularly in Laos.

Subseries 3. contains an article about FAA revising the certification rules for pilots.

The fourth series is the Photographs Series, which is further organized into two subseries: 1. People and 2. Helicopters

Subseries 1. contains images depicting people in a Thai village depicting the oldest person (105 years) and other village elders; medical teams examining villagers, administrating vaccinations, and providing dental treatment; a weaving room; people gathered for a group photograph and sitting at a social event including Harold F. Miller; and views inside a church.

Subseries 2. contains images depicting Air America helicopters hauling various sizes of cargo: Bell 204/205, tail number XW-PFJ; Boeing Vertol; Hughes 500; Sikorsky H-45; and Sikorsky H-34, tail number XW-PHD.

The fifth series is the Memorabilia Series, which contains Suzan Miller's blue and white cotton T-shirt with no. 9 on the sleeve and AAM in letters on the front; a note addressed to Larry Sall from Leon LaShomb stating that the content is from the James E. Spencer Papers. However, the holding file does not indicate that the T-shirt is part of that collection.

The sixth series is the Maps, which contains a DOD Special Southeast Asia Tactical VFR Chart VFR-4, VFR-2.


  • 1963 - 1974
  • Majority of material found within 1969 - 1974


Language of Materials

Collection is in English, French, Vietnamese, and Lao.

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.

Biograpical Sketch

Harold Frederick Miller was born on August 15, 1940. Miller is married and has four children: three sons and a daughter.

Miller flew with the United States Army piloting Hiller OH-23 Raven, Bell H-13 Sioux, Bell UH-1 A, B, C, D Iroquois, and Bell H-19 Chickasaw helicopters. He attended the Army Boeing-Vertol CH-47 (Chinook) course. Miller was a Unit Instructor Pilot while in Vietnam and returned to Fort Benning, Georgia as Instructor Pilot for the CH-47.

After flight school, Miller was assigned to Germany flying H-13 and UH-1B. He was selected for training at Fort Rucker, Alabama on CH-47. He served as Unit Instructor Pilot with the 147th Assault Support Helicopter Company. After that, he was assigned to the 177th Aviation Company at Fort Benning, Georgia.

He was employed by Air America, Inc. on May 29, 1968, and was later promoted to Captain flying Bell 204 helicopters. In September 1969, he received an assignment to the Udorn, Thailand Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw program. After a little over a year, he was promoted to Instructor Pilot and one year later to Senior Instructor Pilot.

Miller was involved with the development and techniques concerning the rigging of sling loads both while flying the CH-47, both with the United States Army and Air America. He flew in mountainous terrain in Laos with helicopter pads at altitudes up to 70,000 ft. After he acquired his helicopter license, he acquired a commercial fixed wing rating.

Miller flew as Line Captain Bell 204 and Bell 205 in Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos for Air America. He was an Assistant Chief Pilot Light Helicopters responsible for training, proficiency checks and route checks. For the purpose of being promoted, he attended ground school classes for Sikorsky S-58T, however, the promotion got canceled.

Miller received a Diploma from A and FT Mechanic School at Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB), Texas, took classes for R-4360 Engine Conditioning Schools, received an aircraft 124A run-up card, and worked at Tachikawa, Japan on Douglas C-47 Skytrain, Lockheed C-121 Constellation, Douglas C-54 Skymaster, Douglas C-118 Liftmaster, Douglas C-133 Cargomaster, and Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter. In 1963, he took the FAA Engine Mechanic written test.

On June 30, 1974, Miller resigned from Air America.


"Jerry Fink Papers," Air America Roster, Folder 1, Box 32, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
„Harold F. Miller Papers,“ Carnet de Vol, Folder 2, Box 1, Series I., History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
„Harold F. Miller Papers,“ Correspondence Miller to Reynolds,1973, Folder 4, Box 1, Series II., Subseries 1., History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
„Harold F. Miller Papers,“ Correspondence Miller to Civil Air Transport, 1963, Folder 4, Box 1, Series II., Subseries 1., History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
„Harold F. Miller Papers“, Correspondence Miller Bell Helicopter International, Inc., Folder 4, Box 1, Series II., Subseries 1., History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.


4.6 Linear Feet (Four manuscript boxes, one non-standard box (9.5x11.75x3.0), and one non-standard box (22.0x15.0x2.0).)


Harold Frederick Miller was employed by Air America, Inc. as Approved Check Pilot (ACP) and rotor wing pilot at Udorn, Thailand from May 29, 1968 through June 30, 1974, when he resigned from the company.

This collection includes documents, operations manuals, instructions, guides, personnel files, and photographs related to Harold F. Miller's career with Air America.

Series Description

The Harold F. Miller Papers are arranged in six series:

Series I. Personal Papers 0.1 linear ft. (three folders), 1966-1974.

Arranged by topic.

Series II. Air America, Inc. 0.4 linear ft. (eleven folders), 1963-1974.

Arranged in two subseries: 1. Employment and 2. Training.

Subseries 1. Employment 2.0 linear ft. (six manuscript fodders and one oversize folder), 1963-1974.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 2. Training 0.2 linear ft. (five folders), 1969-1974.

Arranged by topic.

Series III. Publications 8.5 linear ft. (two manuscript boxes, eleven manuscript folders, and four oversize folders), 1964-1974.

Arranged in three subseries: 1. Manuals, 2. Clippings, and 3. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Subseries 1. Manuals 1.1 linear ft. (two manuscript boxes and eight folders), 1964-1973.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 2. Clippings 7.3 linear ft. (eight manuscript folders and four oversize folders), 1969-1974.

Arranged by alphabetically by journal name.

Subseries 3. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1973.

Arranged by topic.

Series IV. Photographs 0.2 linear ft. (two folders), 1971-1974.

Arranged in two subseries: 1. People and 2. Helicopters

Subseries 1. People 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1971-1974

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 2. Helicopter 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), Undated.

Arranged alphabetically by helicopter manufacturer.

Series V. Memorabilia 0.8 linear ft. (one non-standard box), Undated.

Arranged by topic.

Series VI. Maps 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1972.

Arranged by topic.

Provenance Statement

The Harold F. Miller Papers were donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Suzan Miller on 1987-08-13.

Additional Sources

Additional information can be found in the History of Aviation Archives in the following collections:

CAT/Air America Archives.


Books and magazines were pulled and cataloged to be included into the HAC monograph and 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

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: 01HFM-B01-F01-PC001

01 = CAT/Air America Archives

HFM = Harold F. Miller Papers

B01 = Box Number

F01 = 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

All metal fasteners have been removed, photographs were either housed in polypropylene sleeves, or interleaved with acid-free paper.

Materials Removed List

0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box) of duplicate newsletters, correspondence, books, manuals, reports, photographs, and guides were deaccessioned.

Guide to the Harold F. Miller Papers, 1940-
Under Revision
Thomas 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. 2018-06-19. Second revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2019-08-28. Third revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2023-03-06.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-06-04: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Thomas Allen, PhD, CA.
  • 2019-08-28: 2nd revision was an update of the collection number by Patrizia Nava, CA.
  • 2023-03-06: 3rd revision was a reprocessing of the entire collection with new arrangement and 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