Donald R. Jackson, 61, a retired deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force and a consultant to several aerospace corporations, died Wednesday at Alexandria Hospital. He had a heart ailment.

A civilian with the Air Force from 1948 until retiring in 1973, he was chief of the procurement research division of the budget directorate until 1954, when he became a deputy to the assistant Air Force secretary for material.

From 1962 to 1973, Mr. Jackson was deputy assistant secretary for programs and productions in the office of the assistant secretary for installations and logistics. He served as acting assistant secretary before he retired.

Mr. Jackson was born in New York City and grew up in Evanston, Ill. He attended George Washington University and served in the Navy in World War II.

He was with the Federal Housing Authority during 1943-45, and owned a photography studio before joining the Air Force Department. He had received a number of awards for exceptional meritorious service and outstanding performance from the department.

After leaving government service, Mr. Jackson established a consulting office in Rosslyn. He lived in Alexandria.

He was a member of the Air Force Association and the American Legion, and a past president of the Aero Club of Washington and the Government Employees Insurance Association.

He is survived by his wife, Marie, of Sumner; two daughters, Nancy Jackson of Gaithersburg, and Cheryl Clark of San Francisco; a sister, Barbara Wilkinson of Olean, N.Y., and two grandchildren.