First page from the manuscript for O'Brien's Super CAG.
First page from the manuscript for O'Brien's Super CAG.

Guide to the F. Michael O'Brien Papers, 1969-1991

MS 265

A collection in the
Special Collections & Archives Department,
Nimitz Library

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United States Naval Academy
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Prepared by: David D'Onofrio
(Original Guide by Mary R. Catalfamo, 1991)

December 2008

Descriptive Summary

The F. Michael O'Brien Papers were donated to the Special Collections & Archives Department by F. Michael O'Brien. Accession Nos. 83-27, 91-20, 92-55 and unnumbered accessions from August 1975, October 1975, and April 1976.
7.5 linear inches.
Access to the F. Michael O'Brien Papers is unrestricted.
The F. Michael O'Brien Papers are the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.
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Preferred Citation:
F. Michael O'Brien Papers, MS 265
Special Collections & Archives Department
Nimitz Library
United States Naval Academy

Biographical Sketch

Francis Michael O'Brien, Jr. is an aircraft aficionado and author, primarily publishing works on U.S. naval aviation and aircraft. O'Brien is also the author of several unpublished books, contained herein.

Scope and Content Note

The F. Michael O'Brien Papers, comprising 7.5 linear inches of documentation, consists of five manuscripts spanning the period from 1969 to 1991. The manuscripts, including several historical works, a novel, and two poems, pertain to jet military aircraft (specifically the F-4 Phantom II, F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, and Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat), the Persian Gulf War of 1991, the United States Marine Corps, and Carrier Air Groups.

The O'Brien Papers are arranged chronologically by date of authorship or copyright. The first two manuscripts in the collection, Phantom II and The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels in Phantoms pertain to the development of the F-4 Phantom and the U.S. Navy's flight demonstration team's conversion to the Phantom, respectively. Tomcats, Foxbats, and Eagles pertains to the development of the F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, and the MiG-25 Foxbat. All three manuscripts include photographs and limited amounts of source materials, as well as occasional press clippings pertaining to O'Brien's work. A poem, entitle "Peacekeepers," is an ode to the United States Marine Corps. A novel, entitled Super CAG, is a fictional account of the events surrounding a Cold War engagement of a Carrier Air Group, including the sinking of the U.S.S. Nimitz (Aircraft carrier : CVN-68). The final manuscript is a poem, in the form of an epic paean, commemorating Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

Container List

Box Folder  
1 1 Phantom II (June 1969), 1969-1975
2 The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels in Phantoms (1969), 1969-1976
3 Tomcats, Foxbats, and Eagles (1975), 1969-1975
Box Folder
2 1 "Peacekeepers (To the United States Marines)," undated
2 Super CAG, 1989
3 "The Desert Storm (An Epic Paean)," April 1991