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Brian K. Johnson Papers

Identifier: CA052-94

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, photographs, slides, and operational manuals related to both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, ephemera, memorabilia, clippings, articles, and charts that were created and/or collected by Brian K. Johnson during his career with Air America. The Brian K. Johnson Papers are housed in eighteen boxes of various sizes and one item totaling 10.8 linear ft.

The collection arrived in good condition and was initially processed with only a container list as description. Since the original processing, more materials were donated and incorporated into this collection. Due to a change of the content management system, further description proved to be necessary.


  • 1896 - 2009
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1975


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

Brian Keigh Johnson was born November 20, 1935, in Fairfield, Maine. He served in the United States Army and the Texas National Guard. In 1963, he was certified to operate rotary wing aircraft by the United States Army Primary Helicopter School at Fort Wolters, Texas.

Johnson joined Air America on March 3, 1966, as Assistant Chief Pilot for Rotor wing aircraft and was an active pilot in the helicopter division. After he resigned from Air America on October 1, 1974, he remained involved in the private aviation sector. He divided his time between living in Texas and Mexico. He was active in promoting the history and legacy of Air America through his involvement with the Air America Association, as well as serving as a member of The History of Aviation Collection’s Advisory Council Board.

Captain Brian Keigh Johnson passed away on September 26, 2022, after a long illness. He is being laid to rest at Parkdale Cemetery in Arlington, Texas.


"Jerry Fink Collection," 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.
"Brian K. Johnson Papers," History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.


10.8 Linear Feet (Fourteen manuscript boxes, one non-standard box (17.5x11.5x3.5), one photo print box (5.5x7.5x12.0), one slide box individual (2.5x2.5x11.5), one CD storage box long (5.5x6.0x12.5), and one item.)


Brian Keigh Johnson was an Assistant Chief Pilot, rotor wing, for Air America in Saigon from March 3, 1966 through October 1, 1974, when he resigned from the company.

Series Description

The archivist kept the original organization intact without any further arrangement.

Provenance Statement

The Brian K. Johnson Papers were donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Brian K. Johnson in multiple accessions from from 1994 through 2018.

Additional Sources

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

Civil Air Transport/Air America Archives


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, 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: 1BKJ-1-1-PB1

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

BKJ= Brian K. Johnson Papers

= Series Number

1 = Box Number

1 = Folder Number

P = Photograph/Postcard

B = Black and White

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.

Guide to the Brian K. Johnson Papers, 1935-
Thomas J. 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. 2018-12-06. Second revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2019-11-05. Third revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2022-10-05.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-12-06: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Patrizia Nava, CA.
  • 2019-11-05: 2nd revision was an incorporation of additionally found materials beloning to this collection by Patrizia Nava, CA.
  • 2022-10-05: 3rd revision was an update of the biographical sketch 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