The Air Force Historical Research Agency is the repository for Air Force historical documents. The Agency’s collection, begun in Washington, DC, during World War II, moved in 1949 to Maxwell Air Force Base, the site of Air University, to provide research facilities for professional military education students, the faculty, visiting scholars, and the general public. It consists today of over 70,000,000 pages devoted to the history of the service, and represents the world’s largest and most valuable organized collection of documents on US military aviation.
Within their archive, they have preserved an unknown number of records onto Microfilm, then converted those to .PDF digitized collections. This page, is an archive of ONLY SOME of these digitized microfilm reels that have been collected by or donated to The Black Vault
** Special thanks to FOIA researcher Cory Newman, who has contributed much of his own collection, that is encompassed into the below list. With his help, and the help of others who have donated their private collections; an archive like this would not be possible in its current form. CONTACT The Black Vault if you have other full reels you’d like to donate to the below.
Below, you will find a full index of records by microfilm reel number. Film reels can consist of THOUSANDS of pages, and contain various topics and documents, sometimes, unrelated to each other. Although this seems like a somewhat rough method of archiving, the below records can be cross-referenced with “AirForceHistoryIndex.org“, a website which has painstakingly taken a database (as of 2001) of AFHRA records, and made a searchable index. This resource is not affiliated with The Black Vault, but links are integrated below to get a quick index to what is on the film reel archived here.
Note: Some reels are marked “partial” as only a partial number of pages from the reel has been released. Since automatic page numbering machines are often inaccurate, it is likely that not all partial reels are labeled as such. If you feel you found a partial reel that is not complete, feel free to contact The Black Vault. Keep in mind, the total number of pages numbered, due to page numbers being skipped, may not reflect the ACTUAL number of pages on any given reel.
Digitized Microfilm Reels by Number