Phillip G. Williams Collection

To Fly Like a Bird Cover

Summary:  Donor is a long-time employee of Bell Helicopter.  This collection consists of books, publications and other items relating to aviation in general and Bell Helicopter.



  • Joe Mashman, as told to R. Randall Padfield. To Fly Like a Bird.  Vertical Flight Heritage Series. Potomac, Maryland: Phillips Publishing Inc., 1992.  Inscribed on first page: "To Phil Williams, with best regards, Joe Mashman, July 31, 1992" (Image Shown)
  • Charles Coombs. Skyhooks, The Story of Helicopters. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1967
  • David  A. Brown. The Bell Helicopter Textron Story, Changing the Way the World Flies, Arlington, Texas: Aerofax, 1995. First edition


  • The Faces Behind the 50 Years: Bell Helicopter Textron, 2001
  • Manufacturing Capabilities: The Future is Ours by Design, Bell Helicopter Textron, 2000
  • Rotor and Wing's Tiltrotor Aviation, Volume 1, No. 1., May 1989
  • Osprey Takes Flight, Bell Boeing, The Tiltrotor Team, a Joint Service Program, 1989
  • Vision to Reality, copy of oil painting by Bill Dale
  • Cards: Bell Boeing, the Tiltrotor team, showing V-22 Osprey Joint Service Aircraft 
  • Cards: McDonnell Douglas/Bell Helicopter Textron Super Team (LHX): Air Combat; Armed Reconnaissance, and Light Attack (LHX = Light Helicopter Experimental) (VTOL= Vertical Take Off and Landing)
  • Osprey Update, News from the Bell/Boeing Tiltrotor Program Team, Spring 1993
  • Bell Helicopter News, V-22 Osprey Makes Successful First Flight, April 1989
  • Chart: Evolution of Bell Helicopter VTOL Flight Development (1941-1990)
  • Chart: Model 206L-3 Manufacturing Sequence (1984)


  • V-22 Osprey Belt Buckle, 1986.  On back of buckle, the dimensions are listed and a description of what an Osprey will do in flight.