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Errors and Omissions, Volume 1 of the Bio 
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Another from Ed Wysocki (8/24/10):

P 316:

Some progress was possible, even in “Snafu Manor,” as Heinlein’s group of friends and colleagues there had begun to call the Naval Air Experimental Station (their little corner of the AML)

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AML is part of the NAES, not the other way around.

From “Wings for the Navy” by William Trimble, p 224:

General Order 198, issued by the secretary of the navy on 20 July 1943, formalized the sweeping changes already accomplished by Ziegler. This document established the Naval Air Material Center (NAMC) at Philadelphia. Individual commands within the NAMC were the Naval Aircraft Factory, the Naval Aircraft Modification Unit (NAMU), the Naval Air Experimental Station, and the Naval Auxiliary Air Station at Mustin Field. . . . . The Naval Air Experimental Station, administered by a director, was to include all former NAF laboratories and was responsible for research and development, testing, and the ship installation activities of the SEU [Ship Experimental Unit].

I really appreciate this very fine-level of critique and error-detecting. I think it was Belloc who said what historian really needed was a gang of trained slaves to go over the manuscript from many different perspectives. Well, that hasn't been possible for a couple thousand years, so we are forced to rely on the goodwill and expertise of friends.


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Another catch by Ed Wysocki:

In the text, specifically pg 325 and 326, you correctly identify the bulletin as Air Scoop.

But in the caption to the picture of de Camp, Asimov and Heinlein, you call it Wind Scoops.

That is the kind of inconsistency that makes me tear my hair out! (That's what happens when you choose and write captions five or more years after writing the original text!)


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I missed another catch by Ed Wysocki today (8/24/10):

P 328

In August, Heinlein was transferred from the Naval Aircraft Factory Engineering Division to the NAES Material Laboratory, Plastics and Adhesives section.

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I think you have this backwards somehow. He had been in the Plastic & Adhesives section of the Materials Lab. See the very bottom of page 316.

Also, according to the diagram in the PDF file, it would have been the Engineering [b]Department.[/b]

Found the second one. I must have been completely out of it this a.m. (It's now been almost 2 weeks of temps over 90 and I have no a/c where I live. I'm getting more than a little frazzled.)

Well, you're right there is an inconsistency, but the transfer to Plastics & Adhesives was taken directly from the transfer paper, so that must be right (including the "division" vs. "department" language; I wonder if they were perfectly consistent in the way they used it contemporaneously?). I think it's probably 316 that's in error, as being about a year before the event.


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