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S. Harry Robertson papers, 1950s-2000s


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Robertson, S. Harry.
Title: S. Harry Robertson papers
Inclusive Dates: 1950s-2000s
Quantity: 510.32 linear feet
Abstract:S. Harry Robertson has worked in the fields of aviation safety, safety research, accident investigation, and in the design and production of crashworthy, ballistically tolerant fuel systems used by military aircraft worldwide. The Robertson Papers contains accident investigation case files (including over 15,000 photographs); technical papers, reports, and reference material; a video library; and books and periodicals.
Identification: MS-006
Language: Material in English
Repository: Aviation Safety and Security Archives, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
3700 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, Arizona 86301-3720
Phone: 928-777-3949

Biographical Note

Often called "the Father of the Crashworthy Fuel System," S. Harry Robertson (1934- ) is a pioneer in crash investigation and aerospace safety education. His crashworthy fuel systems, known as “Robbie Tanks” to helicopter pilots, can be found in almost every U.S. combat helicopter today. They are also standard on military ground vehicles, police cars, and even high-performance race cars.

Scope and Content

The S. Harry Robertson papers document Robertson's work and interests in aviation, safety, and accident investigation. Included in the collection are accident investigation case files and photographs; "Library Information Files" containing technical reports, publications, brochures, and research materials used in the research and development activites conducted by Robertson and his companies Robertson Aviation and Robertson Fuel Systems; a collection of books on aviation, engineering, aviation history, aviation accidents, and safety topics; depositions given by Robertson on aviation safety and accident cases; FAA and NTSB documents and reports; conference proceedings; aviation periodicals; and a video library.


Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Controlled Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Robertson, S. Harry.

Aeronautics--Safety measures.
Aircraft accidents--Investigation.
Aircraft accidents.
Airplanes--Fuel tanks.
Helicopters--Safety measures.
Airplanes--Fuel systems.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item title or description]. S. Harry Robertson papers (MS-006). Aviation Safety and Security Archives, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona.

Acquisition Information

Received from S. Harry Robertson. Archives accession numbers 2005.005 and 2007.006.

Other Finding Aid

A card index for the Library Information Files series is available in the archives.