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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Albert Yackle papers
    Dates: 1936-2010
    Collection Number: mssYackle
    Collector: Yackle, Albert
    Extent: 38 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The Albert Yackle papers consist of documents related to his career in helicopter design engineering at Kellett Aircraft Corporation and Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Albert Yackle papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Linda McCann, January 2015.


    Albert Yackle was born on May 13, 1922 in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1944 with B.S. in Mechanical Engineering / Aeronautical Option. He spent two years in the United States Navy as an Operation Officer in 1946. Shortly after, he began his aeronautical career at Kellett Aircraft Corporation from 1946 through 1960. In between his time at Kellett, Yackle briefly worked at Chase Aircraft Company for two years. He joined Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in 1960 and remained there for over 30 years. During his career at Lockheed, his projects included the Four Place Helicopter, Vertical / Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL), and the AH-56A Cheyenne. After his retirement, Yackle worked as a consultant in Pasadena, California.

    Scope and Content

    The collection is roughly divided into four series: Kellett Aircraft Corporation; Lockheed Aircraft Corporation; Yackle; and audio/visual. Within each series, the folders are organized alphabetically by subject.
    Series 1 consists of material related to Yackle’s career at Kellett Aircraft Corporation. Although, he did spend two years at Chase Aircraft Company between 1948 and 1950, those items have been included in this series. Found in this series are, but not limited to, correspondence, interdepartmental memorandums, technical data, diagrams, blueprints, reports, papers, printed ephemera, manuals, and presentation material. These are items are not exclusively related to Kellett Aircraft Corporation, but also other aerospace companies and organizations accumulated by Yackle.
    Series 2 consists of material related to Yackle’s career at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, more specifically, Lockheed-California Company from 1960 through 1991. Similar to the previous series, the items include, but not limited to, correspondence, interdepartmental memorandums, technical data, diagrams, blueprints, reports, papers, printed ephemera, manuals, and presentation material. Again, these items are not entirely related to Lockheed, they include other aerospace companies and organizations compiled by Yackle during his career.
    Series 3 consists of material related to Yackle’s education and continued affiliation with Pennsylvania State University. Also included are items related to his consultation business after his retirement from Lockheed in 1991. They primarily relate to Yackle’s writings about the short take-off and landing (STOL) and his career at Lockheed. Also found in this series are items related to Yackle, specifically resumes and short biographies.
    Series 4 consists of audio and visual material related to Yackle’s career at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, as a consultant, and alumni from Pennsylvania State University.
    Cataloger note: The specific subject of a folder, when provided by Yackle’s original folder description, is provided. Otherwise, materials without a folder are in [Miscellaneous], under the respected series. The best way to navigate this collection is to perform a keyword search because there will be overlapping subject matter located in various boxes.


    The collection is organized into four sections: Kellett Aircraft Corporation, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Yackle, and audio/visual material.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Yackle, Albert

    Corporate Names

    American Helicopter Society
    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Bell Helicopter Company
    Kellett Aircraft Corporation
    Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
    Lockheed-California Company


    Anti-submarine warfare
    Aerospace industries
    Cheyenne (Attack helicopter)
    Military helicopters
    Short take-off and landing aircraft

    Geographic Areas

    Burbank (Los Angeles County, Calif.)


    Manuals (instructional materials)
    Papers (documents)
    Printed ephemera