The Museum of Flight Archives contains over 5,000 cubic feet of paper-based and photographic materials that document the entire evolution of manned flight, from the Wright Brothers to modern jet travel to space exploration. We have an estimated four million images in our Archives Collection, including photographic prints, film and glass plate negatives, slides, and transparencies. Our paper-based materials include maps, charts, drawings, blueprints, log books and diaries, manuscripts, research and technical documentation, correspondence and philately, and airline ephemera such as tickets, timetables, brochures, and luggage tags.

Our archives catalog is not currently online, though we plan to have it available in the future.

To find out more information about individual collections in our Archives, contact us via our research request form, call us at 206-764-5874, or email

Finding Aids and Digital Collections

To access finding aids and browse digitized materials, visit our online repository, The Museum of Flight: Digital Collections. It features finding aids for dozens of collections and contains thousands of digitized items from our archival, library, and artifact collections. New items are added regularly, so check back often!

Go to The Museum of Flight Digital Collections

Many of the items on TMOF: Digital Collections were processed and digitized as part of grant-funded initiatives. The World War I Digitization Project was funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and has been endorsed as an official project by the World War I Centennial Commission. The American Fighter Aces Oral History Digitization Project was funded by a Recording at Risk grant administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC).