John Northrop - 2004 Honoree


John Northrop, Class of 1913, is a legendary figure in the aerospace world through his involvement in many of the crucial events of aviation history during the first half of the twentieth century.  His earliest work was as an assistant with the Loughead (later Lockheed) brothers.  He consistently pushed the boundaries of the new science, culminating in the design and production of the flying wing, which was too advanced for the air force planners of the mid forties.  Much of that design work anticipated the technology that resulted in the B-2 bomber.





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