The George S. Schairer Engineering Collection contains the working and reference files of aerodynamics expert George Schairer, who worked for Boeing from 1939 to 1978. Covering all aspects of aircraft design, aeronautical engineering, and management, the collection includes correspondence, engineering documentation (including sketches, charts, blueprints, and graphs), photographs, articles written by Schairer, conference presentations, files from his student years, and numerous published materials including books, pamphlets, and newspaper and journal articles. There are also numerous biographical materials and drafts of his autobiography.
An item of particular interest in the collection is a letter Schairer wrote to colleagues at Boeing in 1945 regarding German wind-tunnel research and the swept-wing design. Schairer wrote the letter while serving on a team of engineers responsible for analyzing technical data captured from German research centers. His notes led to the development of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet, which incorporated the swept-wing design.