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Guide to the Frank C. Fox photographs

Collection number: HMC-0708.
Creator: Fox, Frank C.
Title: Frank C. Fox photographs.
Dates: 1946-1993.
Volume of collection: 0.5 cubic feet.  
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English. 
Collection summary: Photographs of a pilot with the U.S. Air Force who served at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

Biographical note:
Frank C. Fox was an officer and helicopter pilot in the United States Air Force. During his career, Fox served in the following assignments: 83rd Air Rescue Squadron in Germany (1953-1956); 1401st Helicopter Flight, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, and 1001st Helicopter Flight, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. (1957-1962); and Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska (1962-1966). Fox retired from the U. S. Air Force with the rank of major in 1968. He also flew helicopters for the Western Geophysical company in 1969.

Collection description:
The collection consists of the aviation photographs of U. S. Air Force officer and helicopter pilot, Frank C. Fox. The collection contains 424 photographs, 2 negatives, 13 copy prints of photographs, and 47 color copies of photographs. The photographs primarily relate to Fox's U. S. Air Force career flying helicopters in Germany (1953-1956), in the Washington, D.C. area (1957-1962), and Alaska (1962-1966). The collection also includes aerial photographs of damage from the Alaska earthquake of 1964, as well as photographs of various military helicopters and airplanes.

Digitized copies: Select photographs have been digitized and can be found on Alaska's Digital Archives by searching “Frank C. Fox.” For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note:  Archives does not own copyright to this collection.

Preferred citation: Frank C. Fox photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: This collection was donated to the Archives by James D. Schindler in 2004.

Processing information: This collection was originally processed and described by Jeffrey A. Sinnott in 2004.  The guide to the collection was revised by Megan K. Friedel in 2010.

Container list:





 22 photographs of Frank C. Fox in Germany with the 83rd Air Rescue Squadron.  Helicopter models depicted include H19B, YH-21, H-5, and H-13.  Locations include Sembach Air Base (1954, 1956); Spangdahlem Air Base (1956); Weisbaden Air Base (1954); Helicopter School, Gary Air Force Base, San Marcos, Texas (1953).



5 color copies of photographs and 36 photographs of Frank C. Fox in Washington D.C.  Subjects include: USAF Helicopter Pilots Assoc. Memorial Dedication (1992); H-21 Pilot Transition School, Randolf Air Force Base, Texas (1957); American Helicopter Society Meeting, Anacostia Navel Air Station, Washington, D.C. (1957); Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland; Pentagon, Washington, D.C. (1957, 1962); Friendship Airport, Baltimore, Maryland (1957); Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. (1962); and Dulles International Airport (1964).  Helicopter models depicted include H21B, H19B, Boeing Vertol 107 Prototype, S-58 Sikorski, McDonald 120, and J-3 Ranger.  Group portraits include 1401st Helicopter Flight, Andrews AFB, Maryland (1958); and 1001st Helicopter Flight, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C. (1962).



54 photographs of Frank C. Fox’s military duty in Alaska, including images of H-21 Helicopters; Main Street of Dawson Creek, British Columbia and the Mile 0 sign for the Alaska Highway; Air Force cargo plane; air rescue training exercises; aerial photos of Anchorage; Aerial photos of a flooded plain; fellow officers, pilots and crew including group portraits; and airmen at Alaska Command, Airscrew Arctic Survival Training School.



52 photographs and 2 negatives of an H-21 Helicopter in Alaska and portraits of Frank C. Fox.  Locations include: Elmendorf Air Force Base (1963-1966); King Salmon Air Force Station (1963-1966); Lake Clark Pass (1963-1964, 1966); Gulkana Airstrip (1963); Lake Louise (1964); Whittier (1964); Cape Menshikof (1964); Chugach Mountains landing area (1964, 1966); and Katmai National Monument (1965).



42 photographs of damage to Anchorage (primarily downtown and Turnagain Heights) following the Alaska earthquake, taken from a USAF H-21 helicopter flown by Capt. Frank C. Fox and Capt. William A. Kuschel Jr.

1964 March 28


38 color photos of earthquake damage in Anchorage (including downtown, Government Hill, and Turnagain Heights), Whittier, Seward, Portage and points in between on the Alaska Railroad, many taken from H-21B helicopter.



12 photographs of Alaska, depicting helicopter models Bell 206A, Bell G3B1, Bell 206BIII, and Bell 206BII and locations such as Rightender Heliport, Kenai (1969); Tyonek Airstrip (1969); Kalgin Island, Cook Inlet (1969); Sagwon, Alaska (1969); Madeline, California, Likely Fire (1981); Mount Lassen, California (1981); Ravendale, California Fire Station (1981).



35 photographs of helicopters, including models H21 Tandem, H21B, and Vertol 107 at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.



80 photographs of various aircraft, including Douglas C-74, Lockheed F-94C, Republic F-84F, British "Canberra" B-2, Chase XC-123A, Boeing KC-97A, Consolidated Vultee XC-99 "Convair", North American F-86, Lockheed F-80 "Shooting Star", North American F-82, Republic F-84 "Thunderjet," Northrup B-49 "Flying Wing", Consolidated Vultee B-36, Boeing B-47, North American B-45, and Martin XB-51, B-29.



15 copies of photographs depicting various helicopter and airplanes, including helicopter models include: HB21B, HH-21B, and H-21B and airplane models V-133A cargo and L-20.  Locations identified include Elmendorf Air Force Base (1963-1964); Railroad Yards, Portage (1964); Lake Clark Pass (1964, 1966); Cape Menshikof, Bristol Bay (1964); Fire Island Air Force Station (1963); Katmai National Monument (1965); south shore of Lake Iliamna (1966); and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, aircraft storage (1970).



 40 color copies of photographs, primarily of airplanes, including photos of Frank Fox and North American T-6G on the ramp at Bartow Air Base, Florida in 1952 and B-29 of the 301st Bomb Wing (M) Smokey Hill Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas, August 1949.