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Yellow Jacket Flight Club records

Identifier: UA451

  • Staff Only


The records include correspondence, meeting minutes, and issues of the Pilot, the club’s newsletter. Additional content comes from the longtime faculty advisor of the Flight Club, Robert "R.B." Logan, and includes flight instruments.


  • Majority of material found within circa 1950-2008

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in Archives and Special Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the Georgia Tech Library Copyright & Fair Use page for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or Georgia Tech.


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Scope and Contents

This is a collection of records by and about the Yellow Jacket Flight Club. It consists of correspondence, meeting minutes, aerial measurement products, newspaper clippings, and The Pilot (the club’s newsletter). Dates range from 1950 to 2008. Although there are undated materials in this collection, approximate dates have been estimated based on identified club members.

Biographical / Historical

The Yellow Jacket Flight Club (YJFC) began with J.M. Hoffman, a Georgia Tech student who had returned from World War II to finish his architectural training, and L.V. Johnson, a professor of Aeronautical Engineering. They met regularly beginning in 1945 with the goal of forming a flying club. R.B. Logan is also credited as a founder and faculty advisor for the club in an article title “’Flyin' Wrecks’ from Georgia Tech Enter Competition Scene” although this is not recognized on the club’s website.

In July of 1945 forty men attended an interest meeting for the club. This led Johnson to select the company Southern Airways, Inc., at Candler Field (now Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) for a rental arrangement at the rate of $6.00 an hour. This arrangement continued until 1948. Eventually, Georgia Tech received four airplanes that were declared surplus following the war. These included a German Focke-Wulf fighter (not flyable), a Messerschmidt fighter (not flyable), a B-29 (not flyable), and a Stearman PT-17, tail number NC1208M.

In its earliest constitution the club describes itself as “an association for the promotion of aviation by providing flight time, flight instruction, and other aviation activities at minimum expense to all who have a real interest in flying regardless of their previous experience.” And in March of 1959 the club was incorporated in Georgia as a non-profit organization.


Folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site. Requests for access must be submitted in advance.

Custodial History

Received from Yellow Jacket Flight Club members on August 10, 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Yellow Jacket Flight Club members on August 10, 2010.


If available, two copies were retained. Publications such as books and magazines that are easily found elsewhere were not kept.

Processing Information

Considerable weeding was done for duplicates, publications, and materials unrelated to the collection.

Alex Brinson
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA