William J. Yarber Collection

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The material in the William J. Yarber Collection relates to the career of Arthur L. Fornoff. Arthur L. Fornoff joined the Bell Aircraft Corporation on September 9, 1935, just two years after the company was founded. He worked in the helicopter sales division of the corporation and eventually rose to the position of Assistant to the Director of the Commercial Sales Department. Fornoff spent 43 years as an employee of Bell and retired in 1970 as the oldest employee in terms in service.

In 1971 Fornoff founded the National Heliport Standards Committee (NHSC) to develop the use of helicopters and helicopter facilities in urban settings. He was the first executive director of the NHSC. Fornoff was a firm believer in the potential of urban helicopter use and devoted time and effort to increase the visibility of urban heliports in the American conscious.

The William J. Yarber Collection contains material from both William Yarber and Arthur L. Fortnoff related to Bell helicopters, helipad development, and helicopters as a means of inter-urban transport.


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