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Ed G. Adams Collection

Identifier: CA100-05

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents, maps, reports, technical manuals, flight operations guides, and other material collected by Ed G. Adams during his career as a pilot with Air America, in private aviation, and with his membership in the Air America Association. The material arrived in good order and good condition. The Ed G. Adams Collection is housed in seven boxes of varying sizes, totaling 4.3 linear ft.

The first series is the Air America and Far East Aviation Series. This series features material related to Air America both at the time of its operation as well as the current activities of the Air America Association, including its by-laws. Additional material covering Ed Adams post Air America career and flight operation and trade in India are included.

The second series is the Flight Operations Series. This series includes a booklet produced by the Texas Aeronautics Commission of flying in Mexico, and a manual listing the available private ground services and contact information for a number of airports around the world.

The third series is the Aircraft Operations Manuals Series. This series contains instruction for operating navigation systems, flight guides for the Curtiss C-46 and Douglas C-47 aircraft, and United States Air Force Manuals for the Boeing KC-135 and Fairchild C-123 aircraft.

The fourth series is the Oversize Materials. This series holds a number of artifacts, large size posters and banners, large navigation maps, and a panoramic color photograph of the Air America Base at Long Chieng, Laos, taken in 1974 by Dave Kouba.


  • Creation: 1968 - 2011
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1973 - 2009


Language of Materials

Collection is in English and French.

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

Ed G. Adams was born on January 15th, 1932. In 1952, he entered the United States Air Force and served as a Captain with the Strategic Air Command. In 1962, Adams left the Air Force and joined Air America, first as a Line Captain and then later as the Station Manager at Nha Trang, South Vietnam. Adams also served as Travel Manager for the Far East Airlines Pilots Association (FEPA). Adams stayed with Air America until it left the Far East in 1975.

From 1975-1980 Adams provided contract services to the United States Government in Saudi Arabia. In 1981, he became Director of Marketing/Operations for Pinehurst Airlines. Shortly after that, he established a Texas based corporation (AGIES Group) to operate U.S. Government Contracts in Central America and Mexico as well as serving as Chief Pilot for Atkins Aviation until 1986. Adams then went to South America where he managed an Air Operations Office in Lima, Peru, where he worked with United States Federal Government anti-narcotics operations.

In 1990, Adams went to work for the AMR Corporation (Parent company of American Airlines) where he managed an "International Operations Desk", which provided airport services to third party airlines using American Airlines international facilities. In 1995, Adams started working with American International Management Consultants advising foreign corporations and international aviation operations, marketing, and sales of products.

Ed Adams remains active in the Air America Association and as of 2013, is the incoming president of the organization.


"Ed G. Adams Collection," "Ed Adams Flight Log", Folder 10, Box 1 Series I, History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Divsion, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
"Ed G. Adams Collection," "International Trade with India", Folder 2, Box 1 Series I, History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Divsion, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.


4.3 Linear Feet (Two manuscript boxes, two half-size manuscript boxes, two non-standard boxes (34.0x15.0x1.0), and one poster box.)


Ed G. Adams was a fixed wing aircraft pilot with Air America. This collection contains material related to Air America's operations in Laos, the Air America Association, and Ed Adams later career in commercial aviation.

Series Description

The Ed G. Adams Collection is arranged in four series:

Series I. Air American and Far East Aviation 0.2 linear ft. (one half-size manuscript box), 1968-2011.

Arranged by subject.

Series II. Flight Operations 0.2 linear ft. (one half-size manuscript box), Undated.

Arranged by subject.

Series III. Aircraft Operations Manuals 0.4 linear ft. (two manuscript boxes), 1967-1981.

Arranged by subject.

Series IV. Oversized Materials 3.5 linear ft. (two non-standard boxes and one poster box), 1974-2009.

Arranged by item type.

Provenance Statement

The Ed G. Adams Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Ed G. Adams in multiple accessions from 2009 through 2010.

Additional Sources

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

CAT/Air America Archives.

More information about Air America and the Air America Association can be found on its website

Books and Magazines

Books and magazines were pulled and catalogued 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, box, folder, and image numbers. Please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.

Record Group Code

01 = CAT/Air America 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: 01EGA-B06-F01-PC001

01 = CAT/Air America Archives

EGA = Ed G. Adams Collection

B06 = 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

The materials are in good condition. The Air Route of Laos Map (Box 4, Folder 3) has been assembled form several different maps taped together by the owner. Care must be taken in handling this map due to the fragility of the taped sections.

Materials Removed List

1.5 linear ft. of duplicate materials, outdated guides to ground services at various airports, and a number of old Yellow Page phone books were de-accessioned from the collection. Since this material possesses no historical or intrinsic value to the collection, it will be disposed of.

Guide to the Ed G. Adams Collection, 1932-
Thomas Allen, PhD.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2019-10-01.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-10-01: 1st revision was an update of the collection number 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