DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS -- VITA
Born in Chicago, graduated from the
Illinois Institute of Technology, joined Chance Vought Aircraft as a theoretical
aerodynamicist. He took military leave from Vought to serve as a fighter
pilot flying the F-84f and various versions of the F-100 as well as the B-47.
Returning to Vought, he joined the F-8 Crusader aerodynamics group,
was on the design team that added high-lift boundary layer control (BLC)
to the French Navy version of the F-8. He was one of two designers
who developed a unique scheme for the rail carriage of two huge Matra air-to-air
missiles on the sides of the F-8/FN fuselage, allowing two of the 4-foot
wingspan missiles to be launched over the entire F-8 flight envelope--a feat
that the French were unable to duplicate on its family of Mirage fighters.
After 22 years with Vought, he left to join the F-16 flight controls
design team at General Dynamics, Fort Worth division (GDFW).
At GDFW, he became a major contributor
to the AFTI/F-16 DFCS program. In the follow-on development of AFTI,
the AFTI AMAS development (Automated Maneuvering Attack System), he devised
the USAF award winning System-wide Integrity Management (SWIM) technology
whereby dissimilar, but related, sensor systems could be used to attain extreme
levels of overall reliability in automated combat operations. From SWIM came
the development of the automated recovery system for loss-of-consciousness
due to high g's, GLOC. In 1987, the F-16/AFTI team received the Air
Force Association's 1987 Theodor von Karman Award for the most outstanding
achievement in science and engineering. Later, he became the Flight Controls
System Engineering Manager on the Navy's A-12 program. Before he retired
in 1994 he was engaged as a consultant on the F-16/VISTA Multi-Axis Thrust
Vectoring (MATV) program as well as on the IDF Taiwanese fighter program.
He retired from Lockheed Martin to pursue creative fighter
technologies at Arlington Splendor.