Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Lifetime of Aviation, from Propellers to Rockets

Dad was an aerospace pioneer
by Kent Y.

Ralph Youngberg liked to tell the story that when he finished his degree in aerospace from the University of Minnesota, he received a letter from Lockheed. It was a job offer. The pay was 10 cents an hour less than his instructor position. However, with the position in California he would not have to buy a winter coat!

Dad took the train to Union Station the next day. He hitchhiked to Burbank and started his career, which lasted from 1936 to 1980. He worked on projects ranging from P-38 armament to the Agena rocket.

Later in life, he told me stories of Kelly Johnson, Howard Hughes and Robert von Braun. The stories came out after his retirement in reference to the books I bought about Lockheed. Dad was a great guy, I miss him every day. 

Dad began his career in 1936!