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Too often, successful system development projects fail to leave a legacy of design transfer information, beyond providing access to the mere physical descriptions of the system, or the software code itself. Yet, information about high-level design decisions, assumptions, constraints, philosophies and methodologies is often sought after by system designers, engineers, and researchers alike. Such information is critical for facilitating an understanding of the design and evaluation decisions that underlie the final design. In contrast, published articles about a given complex system are usually limited to discussions of experimental results and in applicability beyond the academic and research community. This paper presents an argument for the development of an interactive multi-media design transfer library that provides a detailed legacy of the philosophy, design rationale and supporting data behind new aviation systems and conveys important guidelines, methodologies and “lessons learned” from the course of their research and development.