Fonds 438 R. Kay Trelle fonds

R. Kay Trelle fonds. — 1924-2011. — 191 cm of textual records. — 37 photographs. — 66 blueprints. — 1 sound recordings.


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Biographical Sketch

Kay Trelle, born and raised in the Lake Saskatoon area of the Peace River Country, spent most of his career working for the aerospace industry in the United States. It was an interesting time of rapid growth in the aerospace industry, with the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Space Race to land on the moon. For much of that time, he worked in secrecy for Boeing and Lockheed on projects such as the Polaris and Poseidon missiles, and the drone-carrying Boeing 747. While he recognized these accomplishments, as an engineer his greatest thrill was always the challenge of solving the next problem. He returned to Canada in 1973 and retired to the Lake Saskatoon district in 1990.

Roy Kay Trelle was born August 18, 1924, “at home” near the hamlet of Lake Saskatoon, Alberta. He was the second child of Herman William Trelle and Beatrice Irene (Burdick) Trelle. His father was an internationally known agriculturalist who grew award-winning crops in the Peace District and helped open the world’s eyes to the agricultural potential of the Peace River Country in northern Alberta.

Kay started his education in a two-room school at Saskatoon Lake and finished high school in Calgary when his father was stationed there during World War II. When he turned 18 in 1942, he enlisted in the Canadian Air Force and trained with the Commonwealth Training Program in Vancouver, British Columbia. After the war, he traveled down to the United States to visit his family who had just moved to California. While he was there, his father was murdered by a disgruntled farm worker. Extending his visit to help his mother and 12 year-old brother during this crisis, Kay overstayed his Visa and was drafted into the American Army. He served for two years with the occupation army in Japan. After his military service, he stayed on in California to attend the Cal-Areo Technical Institute on the G.I. Bill. He graduated in 1950 with an Honors B.Sc. in Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering, and received a special letter of recommendation from the president of the college. He married Dorothy Smith in 1949, and was divorced sometime in the 1950s.
After graduation, Kay worked first with Convair, an American aircraft manufacturing company. In 1952, he took a position as Design Group Supervisor with Hiller Helicopters in Palo Alto, California, where he directed engineers and draughtsmen on helicopter basic structures and mechanical design. From there he went on to become a Consulting and Design Engineer for Cook Research Laboratories in Redwood City, California, in 1957. Often, because of his aptitude in the field, he was sent on extra courses. This would continue throughout his career.

In 1958 Kay was hired by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, and three weeks later became part of a 33 member international team (called the Skunkworks) designing the Polaris Missile. He was working there during the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The Polaris Missile is still being used today on the Trident Submarine. Kay designed the release mechanism for the missile. He received a special commendation “for demonstrating outstanding imagination and design conception versatility resulting in substantial cost conservation benefits to the Polaris Missile Design Project.”
When the Poseidon C3 Task Force was formed in February, 1964, Trelle was included as a Design Specialist and Lead Engineer. He received his second commendation for his work on the Poseidon “design solutions for re-entry system installations, structures, and deparation devices. It is obvious,” the letter continued, “that your valuable contribution will result in missile systems of high quality and will extend the success of LMSC in missile system programs.”

In 1966, Kay married his World War II sweetheart, Mae Morton, whom he had first met while in the Canadian Air Force Commonwealth Training Program in Vancouver. Mae had trained as a nurse and completed post-graduate studies of midwifery in Scotland and a specialization in operating room management. The couple had lost contact during the war and Mae assumed that Kay, like too many of his fellow-soldiers, had died during the war. Kay re-established contact in 1965, and after a separation of 23 years they were married in 1966.

That same year, Kay moved from Lockheed to Boeing Aircraft Corporation in Seattle as a design specialist and lead engineer, with his primary responsibility “to develop an entirely new bomb suspension concept for tactical fighters….” The fighter program was being carried out in Germany and Kay took German language classes to facilitate his work. It was all for naught as the program was abandoned in November 1966.

The next project was the Boeing 747 Drone Carrier in 1969. This was “a concept for launching and retrieving un-manned aircraft, using as a carrier a modified 747 commercial airplane.” The idea was that if there was another war, commercial jets such as the Boeing 747 could be quickly outfitted as drone carriers. Kay’s responsibility was “to create and analyse various military derivatives for the 747 airplane.”

From 1971-1973, Kay spent much of his time and energies inventing, designing and building an expandable recreational vehicle in the basement of their Seattle home. The vehicle was completed and licensed in the state of Washington, Kay and Mae began the patenting process and explored potential markets for its production. The costs of engineering and patenting each individual part were so expensive the project was not feasible. The expandable camper, twenty years before its time, stills sits in the garage on their Lake Saskatoon property.

In 1972 the Trelles returned to Canada, and in 1973 Mr. Trelle assumed a new position with Lockheed, this time with their Petroleum Services (LPS) in New Westminster, B.C., which offered a comprehensive subsea well completion, production and service system to the offshore oil industry. His primary function was to establish project definitions and program planning, review engineering and design in general for conformance to specifications, and good engineering/design practices. He conducted gross hazards/failure modes and effects (FMEA) analyses and assisted with critical path scheduling.
Mr. Trelle concluded his career as a Professional Engineer at TRIUMF, the tri university meson facility which is Canada’s national laboratory for nuclear and particle physics research. It is located on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. TRIUMF is owned and operated by a consortium of universities to provide a world class facility for research in the areas of particle and nuclear physics, molecular and materials science and nuclear medicine. TRIUMF was interested in building the KAON Factory, a nuclear accelerator such as they had in Caen, France, and in 1985, the Trelles traveled to see work being done on the super collider between Switzerland and France. They went on to Germany, where a linear accelerator was assisting with treating cancer of the kidney, a medical benefit of that research. They were treating brain tumors at the Caen factory. There was a lot of free exchange with no political interference, but the Canadian ambitions did not come to fruition because the accelerator was so expensive. It was, however, a rewarding end to Kay’s career.

During his lifetime, Mr. Trelle was a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia; a member (Honor Pledge 1950) of Alpha Eta Rho, International Aviation – Engineering; a member of the Engineers and Architects Association, Southern California; a member of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, International; and a general building contractor in the State of California. Outside of his work, his hobbies included Egypt and its archaeology, geology, and designing and building models such as a geodesic dome. He also spent many years trying to solve the problems for creating the Magnet Motor which, as a source of perpetual and clean energy, he described as “every engineer’s dream.”

In 1987, Kay suffered his first stroke, and after his rehabilitation the Trelles retired to the Saskatoon Lake area near Wembley, AB. They purchased a property directly adjacent to the original Trelle homestead, and built their home next to the wildlife sanctuary on the shores of Saskatoon Lake. This land has been bequeathed to the Grande Prairie Regional College to serve as a retreat and conference centre while keeping alive the name of Herman Trelle, the most famous agriculturalist in the Peace Country.

Custodial History

The records were donated to South Peace Regional Archives by Kay and Mae Trelle on June 27, 2011.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of Kay’s personal papers; his ideas as an engineer; the records of the N.E.W. Systems Ltd. company which he founded with two partners; patent applications for his inventions; files containing his designs and working papers for his original ideas, such as an expandable mobile housing unit, alternative energies, pyramidology, geodesic dome structures, and the magnet motor; files containing his work history, designs and working papers for projects such as helicopter design for Hiller Helicopters, the Boeing 747 Drone Carrier, the high sea system with capsule for Lockheed Petroleum Services, the Trident Amphibian aircraft, and his work at TRIUMF, Canada’s meson facility based at the University of British Columbia.
The photographs in this fonds are of the construction and finished prototype of the expandable mobile housing unit, and of the modified Boeing 747 commercial aircraft redesigned as a Drone Carrier.

Blueprints include 12 hand-drawn plans on graph paper for the testing of the components of the expandable mobile housing unit, 53 diazo plans related to the Boeing 747 Drone Carrier project, and 1 diazo plan for the Trident Amphibian aircraft.

The sound recording is an interview with Mae Trelle, in January 2011, regarding Kay’s life and work.

The files were retained in their original format, as Mr. Trelle had created them, with the same file label on each individual file. The order within the files, and the order of the files themselves were sometimes adjusted for date as Mr. Trelle appeared to keep the more recent files in a different location, as if he was working on the current files.

Notes

Title based on the contents of the fonds. Kay was the family’s most common address for Mr. Trelle, who used Roy K. Trelle professionally and signed his work as R.K. Trelle.
Item descriptions of the photographs, the blueprints, and the sound recording are included in this finding aid.
Related records: The Herman Trelle family fonds, Kay Trelle series.
Biographical information based on information from Lake Saskatoon Reflections, Mr. Trelle’s curriculum vitae, and from the 2011 interview with Mae Trelle, wife of Kay Trelle.
Quotations in the biographical sketch are from the curriculum vitae in the personal papers series of the fonds.
Accession Number: 2011.40

 

Table of Contents

Series 438.01Personal papers
Series 438.02Engineering “Ideas”
Series 438.03N.E.W. Systems Ltd.
Series 438.04Patent Applications
Series 438.05Expandable Mobile Housing Unit
Series 438.06Alternative Energies
Series 438.07Pyramidology
Series 438.08Geodesic Domes
Series 438.09Magnet Motor
Series 438.10Hiller Helicopters
Series 438.11Boeing 747 Drone Carrier
Series 438.11Center and Lateral Carriages
Series 438.12Lockheed Petroleum Services
Series 438.13Trident Aircraft
Series 438.14TRIUMF
Series 438.01Personal papers. — 1924-2011. — 3 cm of textual records. — 1 sound recordings.The series consists of three sub-series: legal documents such as vital statistics, air force papers and educational transcripts; Kay’s Curriculum Vitae with supporting documents; and a file relating to his membership in the Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of British Columbia. The sound recording is an interview with Mae Trelle, in January 2011, regarding Kay’s life and work.
SubSeries 438.01.01Legal papers. — 1924-1974.The sub-series consists of copies of Kay’s birth certificate, his discharge papers from the Royal Canadian Air Force, particulars of Active Service in the RCAF, and his 1949 Certificate of Naturalization in the United States; papers dealing with his immigration to Canada in 1973, his certificate of Canadian Citizenship, and papers relating to his education, including a diploma in Aeronautical Engineering from the Cal Aero Technical Institute.
SubSeries 438.01.02Career Resumes. — 1953-2011. — 2 cm of textual records. — 1 sound recordings.The sub-series consists of Mr. Trelle’s career resumes with supporting documents such as correspondence, performance reviews, and letters of commendation regarding various projects. Careers documented in this file include Trelle Builders and Designers; Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation; Lockheed Aircraft Corporation; Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, for whom he gained a patent for a “Re-entry Vehicle Ejection & Spin Device”; Boeing; and Lockheed Petroleum Services. The sound recording is an interview with Mae Trelle, in January 2011, regarding Kay’s life and work.
 
Interview with Mae Trelle, 2011
Audio Cassette
Interview of Mae Trelle in her home at Saskatoon Lake by archivist Mary Nutting conducted on January 11, 2011. The interview explores Kay’s history, his “engineering mind” which was continually thinking up new projects and inventions, his work history and the major projects he worked on, and the continuation of his interests through hobbies after he suffered a stroke and retired from the work force. There is also a small amount of information on Herman Trelle, Kay’s father.
Location: 0438.01.02.01
SubSeries 438.01.03Assn of Professional Engineers. — 1973-1987. — 1 cm of textual records.When Kay returned to Canada in 1973, he applied to become a member of The Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of British Columbia. He achieved this in 1974, and later became a life member.The sub-series consists of a copy of Mr. Trelle’s application for membership in the Association and their correspondence with him. Attachments to his application demonstrating proof of his engineering accomplishments were removed by the archivist as they were duplicates of the documents in his resume.
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Series 438.02Engineering “Ideas”. — 1960-1980. — 5 cm of textual records.The series consists of four files of “ideas” which show Kay’s engineering mind and inventive nature and how he was continually experimenting with ideas of new improvements on old products. The first is a general file of “Ideas” with designs for everything from toys to trailer hitches; the second contains drawings of the engineering possibilities in the egg design; the third has drawings, blueprints, and a “poor man’s patent” for “Klampy”, a superior car-top ski or boat rack; and the fourth contains designs for many different kinds of kites.
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Series 438.03N.E.W. Systems Ltd.. — 1972-1983. — 8 cm of textual records.In 1972, Mr. Trelle approached John Saldat for assistance with the production and marketing of his new invention, an expandable recreational vehicle. A legal firm, Hean Wylie and Company, represented by John Martin Croft, also became interested in the project. In 1973 they formed a consortium with three equal partners: Kay and Mae Trelle (the Trelle Group), John Saldat, and Arnold Hean and John Croft (the Hean-Croft Group) “to develop and market either by way of licensing or manufacturing and/or selling the Camper and other present inventions of Kay’s.” They incorporated a company called N.E.W. Systems Ltd. Patents were applied for and potential markets explored, but it proved very difficult and costly to obtain all the U.S. and Canadian patents needed for each individual part of the Camper. By 1981, the company had ceased to be active.The series consists of the company documents filed to create N.E.W. Systems Ltd.; information on the directors, members and shares in the company; annual reports; correspondence; and the financial records of the company.
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Series 438.04Patent Applications. — 1974-1979. — 2 cm of textual records.The series consists of the patent applications Mr. Trelle worked on, applied for, and received during the time that N.E.W. Systems Ltd. was operational. They include the United States and Canadian patents for an Expandable Housing Unit in 1974, first and second step patent protections on a Permanent Magnet Engine/Motor in 1978, and material sent to Carver and Company for a patent for Sea Swells (Wave) Energy Conversion in 1979.
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Series 438.05Expandable Mobile Housing Unit. — 1969-1979. — 23 cm of textual records. — 30 photographs. — 12 blueprints.The early 1970s was a great time of growth for the R.V. business. General Motors released the Chevy “Red-E-Kamp” van, Winnebago Industries the “fifth wheel”, and many businesses were jumping on the bandwagon of production and sales. The number of trailers, campers and motor homes on the road was expected to increase at a rate of 25% each year. Even the energy crisis of 1973 did not dampen the market for the “road-hogging, gas-guzzling Rec V.” to a great extent—they simply turned to smaller units. R.K. Trelle, with his inventive ideas and concern about fossil fuels, came up with the idea of an expandable mobile housing unit which could fit on the back of a truck and expand up and out to create a more energy-efficient but still roomy camping trailer. From 1971-1973 Kay spent a great deal of his time and energies engineering, designing and building the prototype. Patents were difficult and expensive to obtain, however, and variations of the idea were soon picked up by recreational vehicle manufacturers. Today it is a common feature of many camping trailers.The series consists of correspondence relating to the Canadian and U.S. patents on the Expandable Mobile Housing Unit created by R. Kay Trelle; a presentation of the project with explanatory text, diagrams and photographs of the completed prototype mounted on a J4000 Jeep; working files and diagrams of designs for the vehicle as a whole, including the counterbalance system, the preload devices, torsion springs, T-bars and pulleys, the wind-up unit, and test models for the components. The blueprints, part of the test models file, are hand-drawn on 17” x 24” graph paper. There are also photographs of the unit under construction in the garage of Trelle’s Seattle home, and of the completed prototype on the driveway.
 
Expandable Mobile Housing Unit, 1971
18 photographs; colour; 3 x 5 in.
Eighteen photographs with corresponding negatives of the prototype of the Expandable Mobile Housing Unit invented by R. Kay Trelle under construction in the garage of Kay & Mae Trelle’s Seattle home.
Location: 0438.05.01-18
Expandable Mobile Housing Unit, [1972]
2 photographs; b & w; 8 x 10 in.
Two photographs of the completed prototype of the Expandable Mobile Housing Unit invented by R. Kay Trelle on the driveway outside of Kay & Mae Trelle’s Seattle home.
Location: 0438.05.19-20
Full Scale Model of Prototype, [1972]
1 photograph; colour; 5 x 7 in.
J4000 Jeep with a full scale prototype of R. Kay Trelle’s Expandable Mobile Housing Unit.
Location: 0438.05.21
Front View of Prototype, [1972]
1 photograph; colour; 5 x 5 in.
J4000 Jeep with the fully expanded prototype of R. Kay Trelle’s Expandable Mobile Housing Unit.
Location: 0438.05.22
Rear View of Prototype, [1972]
1 photograph; colour; 5 x 5 in.
Rear view of the fully expanded model of the prototype of the Expandable Mobile Housing Unit invented by R. Kay Trelle.
Location: 0438.05.23
Storage Areas of Prototype, [1972]
1 photograph; colour; 5 x 5 in.
Demonstration of the storage areas for ancillary equipment on the fully-expanded prototype of R. Kay Trelle’s Expandable Mobile Housing Unit.
Location: 0438.05.24
Kitchen Facilities in Prototype, [1972]
1 photograph; colour; 5 x 5 in.
View of the kitchen facilities inside of the fully expanded prototype of the Expandable Mobile Housing Unit invented by R. Kay Trelle.
Location: 0438.05.25
Sleeping Quarters in Prototype, [1972]
1 photograph; colour; 5 x 5 in.
Beds and storage inside of the prototype of R. Kay Trelle’s Expandable Mobile Housing Unit.
Location: 0438.05.26
Dinette Area in Prototype, [1972]
1 photograph; colour; 5 x 7 in.
Dinette, between kitchen and sleeping area inside of the prototype of the Expandable Mobile Housing Unit invented by R. Kay Trelle.
Location: 0438.05.27
Wardrobe Closet in Prototype, [1972]
1 photograph; colour; 5 x 5 in.
Clothing wardrobe, stored in the ceiling of the prototype of R. Kay Trelle’s Expandable Mobile Housing Unit.
Location: 0438.05.28
Hand Crank on Prototype, [1972]
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 6 in.
Demonstration of how the hand crank or an electric hand drill quickly expands the Expandable Mobile Housing Unit into full living quarters.
Location: 0438.05.29
Compact Prototype, [1972]
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 6 in.
Compactness of the Expandable Mobile Housing Unit permits ready storage in carport or garage.
Location: 0438.05.30
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Series 438.06Alternative Energies. — [1970]-1986. — 16 cm of textual records.The energy crisis of 1973 presented an exciting opportunity for design engineers like R.K. Trelle. Fossil fuels were rumored to be near depletion and the rush was on to design alternative energy systems. “Only through proper design of systems and components can energy sources be utilized to their highest potential, and only through design can new energy sources be effectively tapped” read the editorial in Design Engineering in August 1977. “Tapping the sources contained in the winds, oceans, sun and even the earth itself must receive immediate priority if we are to remain an energy-independent country.” This challenge appealed to Kay Trelle’s interests and talents and he worked on many ideas for sources of alternative energy. A few of the ideas were sent out for patent applications, but there was not much support from governments at the time to test and develop the ideas, so most never went beyond the design stage.The series consists of five sub-series: solar power, water power, wind power, water dowsing, and general research into alternative energies. The contents of all the files include Kay’s ideas, research, design data, rough work designs and completed designs for the different forms of alternative energy.
SubSeries 438.06.01Solar Power. — [1970-1979]. — 5 cm of textual records.The sub-series consists of Kay’s solar power designs including unitized refrigeration, solar energy toys which children could make from kits, a solar power system with a field of fixed heliostats and moving receiver, an energy collector, a parabolic reflector, and a multi-staged reflector made from “flat” sheet reflectors shaped into cones.
SubSeries 438.06.02Water Power. — 1973-1980. — 2 cm of textual records.The sub-series consists of Kay’s ideas for water power designs, including an inflatable dam, a wave-activated generator for which he applied for a patent in 1979, a hydraulic-powered turbine generator, and a water-driven power generator.
SubSeries 438.06.03Wind Power. — 1973-1984. — 5 cm of textual records.The sub-series consists of a collection of Kay’s ideas for wind power designs including a wind generator (squirrel cage) with fixed pitch blades and contoured air/wind ducting, variable pitch blades, wind generators independent of wind direction, a constant speed wind machine, an arc wind generator, and a water/wind-powered oscillator-driven turbine.
SubSeries 438.06.04Water Dowsing. — [1977]. — 1 cm of textual records.The sub-series consists of a paper on Dowsing (which makes use of cosmic and psychic energy to find elements in the earth such as water and precious metals) written by Kay’s brother Ronald Trelle in 1977, an article titled “Patterns of Power”, and Kay’s working designs and final drawings for a “Multi-Directional and Inclinometer Dowsing (Divining) Rod.”
SubSeries 438.06.05General Research. — 1977-1984. — 3 cm of textual records.The sub-series consists of a collection of articles on “Energy and the Design Engineer” which assisted Kay with ideas for his inventions. They include topics such as the different forms of energy other than fossil fuels, predictions for world energy use, geothermal power, and energy related to ocean activity.
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Series 438.07Pyramidology. — 1970-1987. — 7 cm of textual records.Mr. Trelle also studied and experimented with pyramidology in his quest for alternative energies. One theory for alternative energies states that “high frequency electricity from the Cosmos is available everywhere.” As early as 1916, Utah scientist T. Henry Moray proved that “an electrical instrument could be made capable of producing light, heat and power any place on the world’s surface without the use of batteries, machinery or any moving parts.” His theory was that “complex electrical oscillators manifesting in the form of continuous, surging, ocean-like waves produce… powerful energy…, originating vibrations from some colossal energy reservoir in space.” This is the basis of pyramidology, the study of “life energy” as demonstrated by the great pyramids of Egypt and modern experimentation in the power of pyramid-type structures.The series consists of research, mathematical data and drawings related to pyramid structures. This includes work with Fibonacci numbers, dehydration tests, research on the Cheops pyramid, and induced motion inside of a pyramid.
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Series 438.08Geodesic Domes. — 1954-1984. — 10 cm of textual records.Another project in energy efficiency is the geodesic dome structure, which is constructed with triangular elements which combine to create spheres. Because it is not square, the geodesic dome has approximately one third less surface area around the same amount of space as a traditional box house. The construction results in curved walls and ceilings which forces air to travel efficiently around the interior, keeping energy consumption to a minimum. As well, less heat escapes through the walls in the winter and less air-conditioned air in the summer.The series consists of Kay’s research, design data, rough work designs and completed designs for various aspects and types of domes, including the Hexo/Octo Dome and the Soccer Dome. There is also a file called “Ideas” which includes Kay’s original drawings and ideas for different kinds of domes—the Umbrella Dome, portable domes, warehouse domes—and something called the “African Venture”, a portable dome storage or living system Kay worked on in 1973-1974 and for which he applied for patents. A research file in this series contains dome designs and patents approved for other inventors and their inventions from 1954-1967.
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Series 438.09Magnet Motor. — 1974-1988. — 40 cm of textual records.The most efficient of all alternative energies would be the creation of a perpetual motion machine, perhaps powered by the magnetosphere which surrounds any planet (such as Earth) which has magnetic poles. This machine would run continually on its own without the use of fossil fuels or any other energy. Kay Trelle described this as “every design engineer’s dream” and it was his last obsession, lasting well into retirement and after he was debilitated by several strokes. This project was not just designed on paper, but made into a model in the workshop over his garage.The series consists of Mr. Trelle’s designs and working files for the Magnet Motor, including original drawings, obsolete drawings (labeled “history”), and drawings for various parts of the motor. Individual subjects include the vortex motor, the perpetual motion motor, the free energy motor, the potential for higher RPM in the planetary system, the radial view repulsion system, 10 system & pulley, the spiral vortex reciprocator, fibi spiral, rock & pinion moving pivot, cam design, force & loading, spiral and offset templates, gear pitch circumference, and rocking beam & floating cam guide.
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Series 438.10Hiller Helicopters. — [1955]. — 1 cm of textual records.While always an engineer with creative ideas, R.K. Trelle made his living in the real world, starting as a design engineer. In 1952, he took a position as Design Group Supervisor with Hiller Helicopters in Palo Alto, California.The series consists of articles regarding helicopter design including Helicopter Fundamentals and Helicopter Performance Fundamentals; and three homework assignments from a course he took in January 1955.
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Series 438.11Boeing 747 Drone Carrier. — 1966-1971. — 22 cm of textual records. — 7 photographs. — 31 blueprints.While employed by the Boeing Aircraft Corporation in Seattle as a Design Specialist and Lead Engineer, Mr. Trelle worked on the Missile Carrier Aircraft Program. The purpose of this program was to evaluate the Boeing Jet series of airplanes as potential missile carriers to fill United States Air Force requirements to meet a military threat in the late 1970s. Kay’s main project was the Boeing 747 Drone Carrier, “a concept for launching and retrieving un-manned aircraft, using as a carrier a modified 747 commercial airplane.” The system designed by Trelle and his team was “based on an adaptation of a modified BQM-34A Drone”, but other drones could be handled in a similar manner.The series consists of files of Trelle’s “Ideas” for the project, his original drawings, design data, the missile carrier program including Poseidon, the final presentation report, news articles about the program, and two files of reference material. Seven poorly developed photographs included in the reference file show two side views of the modified airplane, the bomb doors in the undercarriage, and the missile carrying apparatus. Thirty-one diazo plans detail missile carriage systems, launch and retrieve systems, wing configurations, missile configurations, cargo and door schematics.
 
Center and Lateral Carriages, [1970]
4 diazo prints; 18 x 72 in.
Four diazo prints for the center and lateral carriages of the Boeing 747 Drone Carrier.
Location: 0438.11.01a-d
747-MD-114 Sheet 1, 1969
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
One diazo print for the 747 Military Aircraft Airborne Launch-Missile Poseidon.
Location: 0438.11.02
747-MD-114 Sheet 2, 1969
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
One diazo print for 747 Military Aircraft Airborne Launch-Missile Minuteman 4 with a 16 ½ ° tilt.
Location: 0438.11.03
747-MD-114 Sheet 3, 1969
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
One diazo print for the 747 Military Aircraft Airborne Launch-Missile Poseidon 4 with a 90 ° tilt.
Location: 0438.11.04
747-MD-114 Sheet 4, 1969
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
One diazo print for 747 Military Aircraft Airborne Launch-ABMIS Rotary Carriage—Vertical 24.
Location: 0438.11.05
747-MD-114 Sheet 5, 1969
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
One diazo print for 747 Military Aircraft Airborne Launch-Missile Minuteman 4 with a 16 ½ ° tilt.
Location: 0438.11.06
747-MD-139 Sheet 1, 1970
3 diazo prints; 18 x 72 in.
Three diazo prints for the 747 Military Airborne Stowage, Launch & Retrieve System for the five missile drone.
Location: 0438.11.07a-c
747-MD-153 Sheet 1, 1970
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
One diazo print for a 747 Drone Comparison Study 10 Folded Wing Configuration.
Location: 0438.11.08
747-MD-114 Sheet 2, 1970
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
One diazo print of a 747 Comparison Study 7 “None Folding” Wing Configuration.
Location: 0438.11.09
747-MD-153 Sheet 3, 1969
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
One diazo print for a 747 Comparison Study 13 Folded Wing Configuration and 9 Folded Wing Configuration.
Location: 0438.11.10
747-MD-153 Sheet 4, 1969
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
One diazo print for a 747 Drone Comparison Study 11 “None Folding” Wing Configuration and 7 “Selective Launch” Configuration.
Location: 0438.11.11
747-MD-157, 1969
3 diazo prints; 18 x 72 in.
Three diazo prints for the 747 Airborne Stowage, Selective Launch and Retrieve System for the 6 missile drone.
Location: 0438.11.12a-c
ARM-86, 1969
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
Three diazo prints for the Hoist Assemblies Low Drag Suspension System Development for the Boeing 747 Drone Carrier.
Location: 0438.11.13
PD 3323, 1969
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
One diazo print for the 747 Airplane Military Application.
Location: 0438.11.14
747 Strategic Missile Carrier, 1969
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
One diazo print for the 4 Missile Bomb Bay Doors on the 747 Strategic Missile Carrier.
Location: 0438.11.15
747 Strategic Missile Carrier, 1969
2 diazo prints; 18 x 72 in.
Two diazo prints for the Schematic and Diagram, Nose Cargo Door, Ball Screw System separated from the FWD Cargo file, Boeing 747 Drone Carrier series of the R.K. Trelle fonds.
Location: 0438.11.16a-b
Plan No. 517532, 1969
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
One diazo print for the Motor Outline, Alternating Current separated from the FWD Cargo file, Boeing 747 Drone Carrier series of the R.K. Trelle fonds.
Location: 0438.11.17
Assorted Plans, 1969
4 diazo prints; 18 x 72 in.
Four diazo prints hand-labeled “Door Actuation”, “Central Tee Box”, “Geometry” and “Travel” separated from the FWD Cargo file, Boeing 747 Drone Carrier series of the R.K. Trelle fonds.
Location: 0438.11.18-21
HiBEX Plans, 1969
2 diazo prints; 18 x 72 in.
Two diazo prints for the HiBEX Outboard Profile and the HiBEX Inboard Profile separated from the 747-MD-103 file, Boeing 747 Drone Carrier series of the R.K. Trelle fonds.
Location: 0438.11.22-23
747-MD-103 “B” Sheets 1-4, 1969
4 diazo prints; 18 x 72 in.
Four diazo prints for the Airborne Launched Intercepter separated from the 747-MD-103 file, Boeing 747 Drone Carrier series of the R.K. Trelle fonds.
Location: 0438.11.24a-d
747-MD-119, 1969
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
One diazo print for the 747 Military Aircraft Airborne Launch ABMIS Rotary Carriage Gas Ejection—Up & Aft (24) separated from the 747-MD-119 file, Boeing 747 Drone Carrier series of the R.K. Trelle fonds.
Location: 0438.11.25
747-MD-114 Sheet 5, 1969
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
Two diazo prints for the Schematic and Diagram, Nose Cargo Door, Ball Screw System separated from the FWD Cargo file, Boeing 747 Drone Carrier series of the R.K. Trelle fonds.
Location: 0438.11.26
747-MD-171, 1969
1 diazo print; 18 x 72 in.
One diazo print for the Drone Launcher (60 drones) separated from the 747-MD-171 file, Boeing 747 Drone Carrier series of the R.K. Trelle fonds.
Location: 0438.11.27
747-PD-647 Sheets 1 & 2, 1969
2 diazo prints; 18 x 72 in.
Two diazo prints for the 747 Strategic Missile Carrier separated from the 747-PD-647 file, Boeing 747 Drone Carrier series of the R.K. Trelle fonds.
Location: 0438.11.28-29
747-PD-651 Sheet 1-7, 1969
7 diazo prints; 18 x 72 in.
Seven diazo prints for the 747 Strategic Missile Carrier separated from the 747-PD-651 file, Boeing 747 Drone Carrier series of the R.K. Trelle fonds.
Location: 0438.11.30a-g
747-PD 654 Sheets 1-3, 1969
3 diazo prints; 18 x 72 in.
Three diazo prints for the Missile Configuration with Rotary Carriage, 5 Missile Configuration, separated from the 747-PD-654 file, Boeing 747 Drone Carrier series of the R.K. Trelle fonds.
Location: 0438.11.31-33
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Series 438.12Lockheed Petroleum Services. — 1973-1976. — 13 cm of textual records.In 1973, Mr. Trelle assumed a new position with Lockheed Aircraft, this time with their Petroleum Services (LPS) Division in New Westminster, B.C. His main project in this position was “to identify the precise scope of engineering and hardware” for a High Sea State System. Lockheed Petroleum had started investigating “safe and economical methods of completing and servicing offshore wells in deep water…” in 1966. By 1970 they were conducting successful subsea trials with the service capsule and attendant support equipment in the Pacific Ocean off the shores of British Columbia. In 1972 they installed a wellhead cellar and a “Christmas tree” in the Gulf of Mexico, and by 1973 they were designing “manifold centre” hulls to connect wells under water. In 1974, “the ‘North Sea system’ became two systems. Delays in North Sea offshore development, combined with general supply and fabrication shortages, rendered Lockheed’s planned North Sea entry in 1976 with a semi-submersible support vessel, unrealistic. This was rescheduled for 1978 and an intermediate service system, on a standard North Sea offshore workboat, [was] scheduled for summer 1976.”The series consists of general information about the North Sea System, Lockheed’s subsea production system, and the Second System Task Organization under which Mr. Trelle was employed; Kay’s original drawings of seven schemes for the capsule system and the free ascending capsule; a working file for the project; and the original draft and the final report on the system requirements for the High Sea State System (second system).
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Series 438.13Trident Aircraft. — 1974-1976. — 3 cm of textual records. — 1 blueprints.By 1976, Mr. Trelle had returned to the aerospace industry. For a short time he worked for Trident Aircraft on the development of the Trigull 230, a float plane in the Trident Amphibian line. After many problems with funding and production, the Trigull was finally put into production ca. 1980, long after Kay had left the company to work for TRIUMF.The series consists of two files: Mr. Trelle’s work record at Trident Aircraft, and Trident Amphibian Reports completed from 1974-1976. The diazo plan is a 2’ by 3’ drawing of a float plane which has no identifying labels or information.
 
Trident Amphibian, 1969
1 diazo print; 22 x 34 in.
One diazo print for a Trident Amphibian aircraft. There are no identifying labels or legend.
Location: 0438.13.01
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Series 438.14TRIUMF. — 1976-1988. — 38 cm of textual records.TRIUMF (Tri-University Meson Facility) was founded by Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Victoria in 1968 to provide a world class facility for research needs from their programs in the areas of particle and nuclear physics, molecular and materials science and nuclear medicine. They were joined almost immediately by the University of Alberta. The facility was situated on the UBC Campus and funding came from the National Research Council of Canada. In 1971 they began to construct a Cyclotron which was completed in 1974. A cyclotron is “a machine for accelerating large numbers of tiny particles to enormous speeds. The particles (charged hydrogen atoms) start off at the center of a 55-foot circular tank. Guided by six giant magnets arranged in a pinwheel pattern (see TRIUMF’s logo), they move faster and faster in an ever-increasing spiral, until they emerge travelling at 75% of the speed of light…. Scientists shoot these particle beams at different kinds of targets… and study the subatomic particles that emerge. Some particles are used to treat patients with deep-seated cancers.” In 1985, TRIUMF proposed the building of a KAON Factory, a new accelerator complex which would encircle the cyclotron and “create many varieties of subatomic particles in unprecedented numbers.” This would put Canada on the leading edge of fundamental science and related technologies. The project was simply too expensive, however, and was never built. R.K. Trelle began working at TRIUMF, in the Cyclotron Division, in 1976, just after the Cyclotron came on line. In 1983, he and Mae joined a group of scientists on a European trip to visit other Cyclotron programs: GANILE in Caen, France; CERN in Geneva, Switzerland; SIN in Villigen, Switzerland; and GSI in Darmstadt, West Germany.The series consists of general information and articles on TRIUMF and its various programs; Kay’s work record, communications with other staff, and ideas and requests for design; work files and designs on resonators, electrostatic extractor channel, probes, monitors and alternative extraction systems; Cyclotron Division minutes; files on their tour of European cyclotrons in 1983; design data; the KAON Factory proposal and articles on the project.
 
Composite Layout of Root Area Mk III, 1983
1 diazo print; 36 x 48 in.
Drawing number S-1567 dated April 13, 1983.
Location: 0438.14.01
Mk III Resonator Root-Portion, 1983
1 diazo print; 36 x 48 in.
Showing Leveling Arm Cover. Drawing number S-1582 dated May 12, 1983.
Location: 0438.14.02
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