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Charles C. Bock, Jr. papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 315
The Charles Bock papers (1956-2014; 1.3 cubic feet) document the vast career of a test pilot. Within the collection, there is material about the Bell X-2, the X-15 (Rocket aircraft), the SR-71 Blackbird (Jet reconnaissance plane), the Rockwell B-1 (Bomber), and many other types of experimental aircraft. Included are photographs of fellow Purdue University alumni and “America's No. 1 Spaceman” Iven C. Kincheloe, Jr. In addition to the thirty-one photographs, the collection consists of nine 16mm films, one of which is of the AC-1 flight with Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, whose letter about the experience is included as well. Also, in the collection are Bock’s step-by-step instructions for President Ford’s visit to Rockwell International and his tour of the B-1 bomber along with corresponding newspaper articles.


  • 1956-2014
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/10/2016


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Purdue University per deed of gift.


1.30 Cubic Feet

1 letter mss boxes, 2 flat boxes other_unmapped


This collection contains writings, flight test reports, photographs, newsclippings, articles, published materials, correspondence, and awards that span Bock’s entire career. Nine 16mm films and three VHS tapes are included in this collection as well.

Arrangement Note

This collection is divided into seven series: Writings/Flight Test Reports, Photographs, Newsclippings & Articles, Published Materials, Correspondence, Awards, and Audio Visual. Materials within each of these series are arranged chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Charles Bock

Accruals and Additions

11/4/2014, 12/2/2014

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

Purdue University Alumni collection Purdue University Oral History Program Collection

Processing Information

All paperclips and staples have been removed from the collection materials. Also, all of the post-it notes have been removed as well, with photocopies of the post-it notes following the materials they were attached to. All VHS tapes and 16mm films have been digitized.
Charles C. Bock, Jr. papers
Hannah Vaughn
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States