Collins Aerospace Museum

Friends of the Museum:

Collins Aerospace
Early History:
 by: Arlo Goodyear
 –The Collins Story
 by: Ben Stearns
 –Echo Hill Story
 by: Nancy Zook
 –The Iowan Magazine
 by: Ed Marriner
 –CQ Magazine

Our Founder:

Friends of the Collins Aerospace Museum volunteers have been chartered to preserve the history and legacy
of the Collins Radio Company and Collins Aerospace.
Museum Tours…
Interested in a tour? Click HERE

This Month in History - July
July 2nd, 2001
 –23 years ago.
After announcing "The Spin" in December 2000, at the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange, Rockwell Collins, Inc. (COL) was born.
July 11th, 1939
 –85 years ago.
A.A. Collins was granted patent No. 2,165,226 for the Autotune® mechanism.

The Collins Story YouTube Channel
Five AACLA documentaries are now available for watching on our YouTube Channel: "The Collins Story".

Enjoy … and give us a "LIKE"!

• "WW II Production, Defending Liberty", a story about Collins' manufacturing contribution during the war and our coveted five-star Army-Navy E-Award Flag. —13:34 min
• "A Culture of Innovation" chronicling Arthur Collins' boyhood mastery of amateur radio and the founding of his multinational corporation. —23:38 min
• Our Award Winning Videos:
- "Steps To The Moon" —1:12:23 min
- "Moon Talk" —35:27 min
- "Live From The Moon" —54:41 min
click to see the channel...

More about Arthur...
If you are searching for more information about our founder, Arthur Collins, take a look at the Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association’s web page.
Click HERE to give it a read.

Public Inquiry
The Collins Aerospace Museum is always looking for interesting artifacts to add to its collection.

Is your basement presently harboring a mysterious piece of electronics, perhaps an engineering model of an early product?
Did a family member ask you to store a black box saying, "Keep this - someday it may be of interest to a Museum?"
If so, contact our Interim Museum Curator, Rod Blocksome with a description of your treasure. Send an email here.

History behind our Museum’s 30W
In 1965, CQ Magazine published an article, set in Summer 1932, about a ham radio operator visiting Arthur Collins’ Radio Factory to, potentially, purchase a new 30W transmitter.
You probably guessed, the story is describing the provenance of our Museum’s oldest artifact - possibly one of Arthur’s first 30W sales.
read the article.

Collecting Stories
Behind the Scene at Rockwell Collins
We have begun an effort to capture all of those interesting company-related stories that you’ve been telling each other - but haven’t written down yet.
Terry Lamb has stepped up and entered the first one. Thanks Terry!
Click the link at the bottom of this story to find the stories page. If you wish, you can get started on your story by selecting "0n-line" or "Down-load a Form".
If you choose on-line, you will be able to review and re-edit your input.
Remember, your story will be reviewed by our editor before it will appear in the collection.
Read Stories

New Content - Annual Reports
These Annual Reports contain a wealth of historic information about our company - perfect for fellow historians to pursue...
Arthur's "Report to Shareholders" provides the reader with accomplishments from each preceding year that, sometimes, we didn't have previous knowledge of.
Click HERE to view the Reports...

Rockwell CONTACT issues
I just uploaded fifteen issues of the publication, Rockwell International CONTACT.
Take a look HERE.
If you happen to have an issue not included here - drop me a line.
Note: we have not indexed this publication yet...

Missing Publication Issues
Interested in Helping?
Here are lists of missing issues for:
Collins Column - We have every issue published.
Collins Signal - We got 'em all.
Collins Pulse
Rockwell Pride - There must be a bunch missing...
Rockwell News
Rockwell Vision - We think we have all five.
Collins Personnel Services - We have all but October 1976.
Rockwell Collins Millennium - We have the complete set.
Rockwell Collins Horizons - We got 'em all.

Magazine Search Feature
Search All Magazines...
We have added a tool for searching our Magazine collection.
Now you can search ALL issues, of MOST* magazines, from one page!
Go there and give it a try.

Included are: Eight publications, consisting of 476 Issues, containing around 7,025 pages. There are over 77,841 Indexing Entries to search from.
* The Rockwell News is paginated differently than the others … sorry 'bout that.

150B Transmitter
Back in the Museum
Retiree and Friend of the Museum, Larry Pinkston, has completed a special project to restore a Collins 150B Transmitter.
We have reason to believe that this unit was Arthur Collins’ prototype for the 150A/B product line.
We have created a BLOG-like page to follow his progress.

History of the Dallas Division
Compiled by retiree, John Estill, this document presents a brief history of our Dallas Division’s beginning in 1951 - under the Collins Radio Co. and continuing to today’s operations as Collins Aerospace.
It is a large file so give it a moment to load…
click to read

Bond Traveled in Style
This image submitted by retiree, Gene Dooley - a frame captured from the United Artists’ movie Goldfinger.
Lawrence is thinking the VHF Comm antenna is a 37R-2.
The aircraft is a Lockheed JetStar L-329.
In the Fall 1959 issue of Collins Signal a $1 million contract was noted with Lockheed to outfit their new JetStar - the "first business jet aircraft".
More ’cameos’ at the ArthurCollins.Org site.

Collins History
1971 Film, Narrated by Rod Sterling
Recently posted by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI), this 20-minute film contributed by Don Stokes, is an interesting reminder of the breadth of diversification the Collins Radio Co. and Collins under Rockwell International had achieved by 1971.
Rockwell Collins employees of today will be interested in the number of products our fore-bearers built this company upon.

Don Stokes is a Dallas area film producer and member of the Dallas Film Society.
Watch the film...

The First Ten Years
A YouTube Video by: Gary Halverson
A 22-minute overview of the first ten years of Collins Radio. Introduces Art Collins, the radio landscape of the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, then reviews five pre-war Collins transmitters.
Produced by WA9MZU (now K6GLH) in 1998 for the Collins Collectors Association Convention in Dallas as part of J.B. Jenkins’, W5EU, presentation on the early history of Collins Radio.
watch the video...

Vintage 20C Still Active
We Build Them to Last!
On special occasions, Taurange, New Zealand's ZL1XT "Village Radio" Station, puts its restored 1937 Collins 20C AM Transmitter back on the air.

…Our Museum owns the original BIRD EXPEDITION 20B - but these guys make their 20C earn its keep…
click to read more

Julius "Jules" Yoder

The Museum Volunteers and Docents are saddened by the passing of one of our favorite Artifact Technicians.
Jules' specialty was the Collins Autotune, as used on the WW-II ART-13 transmitter.
He was the go-to-guy for repairing our Museum's demonstration unit...
Jules was an Air Force Veteran and a long-time employee of the Collins Radio Co.
click to read his Obituary

Collins Aerospace Museum Floor Plan
Guided Tours
Lately, we have been providing a growing number of tours - especially for employee groups.
We thought it was time to publish a photo walk-through of the Museum's newest rooms.
Click HERE to view the photos...

60th Anniversary Time Capsule
Ten Years Remaining...
September 22 will mark 30 years since our last Anniversary celebration - and the dedication of the capsule located by the Duck Pond.
…an excerpt from Rockwell News, September 1993

"Each of the employees honored at the Open House contributed an item representing their time at Collins to be encased in a time capsule, which was dedicated at the event.
The capsule will include items from each department within CCA and CACD and be buried on Sept. 22 - 60 years from the founding date of Collins Radio Company - in the grove of trees near the duck pond.
It will be opened in the year 2033 on the company's 100th anniversary."

Read more on the contents of the capsule on Page 4 of the October 1993 issue of Rockwell News.

We're thinking you might enjoy a short Trivia Quiz...
Our first one features our founder, Arthur Collins, with questions pertaining to his life before, and after founding, the Collins Radio Company.
Give it a try.

It’s time to fire up the Way Back Machine and take another trip down memory lane… Back when the Inventory Disposal Store had cool stuff for sale.
How many store locations do you remember?
Click Here to reminisce a little

The Beechcraft StarShip
Larry Pinkston, and myself, have begun the restoration of the Museum’s StarShip Avionics System.
We have gotten past the initial power application tests - with just enough smoke to remind passers-by that Engineers are at work.
At this writing, about half of the instruments are working - but are only displaying static screens.
In a few months we hope to have a new artifact to show during Museum tours - maybe like the photo above.

Tail Fin Art
The folks at Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA are using select dignitaries to decorate their fleet. This Boeing 787 DreamLiner notes our founder as an “American Radio Communications Pioneer”.
I placed a short article over at the AACLA site …under “News”.

New Artifact
"Mint Condition" 30FX
This 1934 30FX Transmitter was owned and operated by J.B. Jenkins (W5EU), retired Collins Radio Engineer from the Richardson, TX facility.
J.B. passed away on September 20, 2017 and specified that this part of his collection be gifted to the Collins Aerospace Museum by his son-in-law Mark Reel.

Mike and Rod welcome the new Artifact.

read more about the 30FX.

1936 Employee Roster
Arthur’s company started pretty small. Is any of your loved-ones listed here?
view the list.

Young Arthur’s Ham Shack
Ever wonder who Arthur was QSOing with back in 1925 as a young amateur radio operator?
How about them QSLs on his ham shack wall?
Take a look at this page where we make our best attempt to identify the owners of the Call Signs.

Collins Farms Company Bulletin
A Clue to Arthur’s Success
We have just uploaded a copy of the 1930 Collins Farms Company Bulletin. Excerpts from this document have appeared in Ben Stearns’ book: Arthur Collins Radio Wizard and in our anniversary publication: The First 50 Years.
Here is your chance to read the entire document.

Merle Collins, and his farming company, were waaaay ahead of their time!