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Western Museum of Flight Overview with Dale Hoffman and Jack Trost

Monday, June 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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TRA is continuing to provide opportunities for TRA members to convene online and to hear from interesting speakers.  On Monday, June 28, 2021, TRA is sponsoring an online Zoom event with Dale Hoffman and Jack Trost for an overview of the Western Museum of Flight.

The Western Museum of Flight is an aviation museum located at Zamperini Field, the municipal airport in Torrance, CA. It houses not only historic aircraft, but also has an extensive collection of historic photographs and blueprints.

The Northrop Corporation established The Southern California Historical Aerospace Foundation in 1979 to operate the museum to demonstrate, preserve, and promote the proud heritage of the aerospace community in Southern California. As members of TRA, you have been instrumental in the growth and contributions to the aerospace community for over a century.

The museum has several rare aircraft among its collection, including the second Northrop YF-23 Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) 5th-generation stealth fighter demonstrator. Also on display is the first Northrop YF-17 Cobra, a lightweight fighter which was the basis for the Boeing (originally McDonnell-Douglas) F/A-18 Hornet currently used by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. In addition, the collection includes a Grumman F-14 Tomcat and a Douglas A-4A, plus numerous other notable jet and propeller-driven airplanes.

Dale and Jack’s program to the TRA membership at this zoom event will describe the heritage of the foundation and how the museum carries out its charter through community outreach.

Jack will give a virtual tour of the many aircraft, spacecraft exhibits, artifacts, and displays housed in the museum.

The online event will be on June 28th, 2021, at 1:00 to 2:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Please plan to join us for what will be an interesting talk.

Online registration for this event is required and is available at our website, www.tra-spacepark.org. The Zoom meeting details will be provided by email upon your registration. You will be able to submit questions in advance and ask questions at the end of the talk. If you can’t join us in real time, we plan to record the event and the recording will be available through our web site to our paid members.

Jack received a B.S. in Engineering from UCLA and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from USC. He joined Space Technology Laboratories (STL) in 1961 after spending five years with North American Aviation as a wind tunnel test engineer characterizing the aerodynamic performances of the company’s notable aircraft: T-39 “Saberliner” executive passenger jet, B-70 “Valkyrie” super- sonic bomber and X-15 hypersonic research aircraft. His early assignments at STL were to provide systems engineering and technical direction in the field of fluid dynamics on the Titan ICBM pro-gram. He later developed the Fluid Dynamics Laboratory applied research facility. Jack was the assistant program manager on the early stages of two high energy chemical lasers: the space-based “Alpha” and the airborne laser “COIL”. He retired from TRW in 1995 and is a past president of TRA. Jack serves on the board of the Peninsula Symphony Association and is also a docent at the Western Museum of Flight.

Dale holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University and an M.S. in E.E. from UCLA. He came to California in 1958 as an aerodynamicist with the L.A. Division of North American Aviation (NAA/LAD) where he participated in the design and operations of the X-15 and preliminary designs of the Supersonic Transport (SST) and Apollo programs. The lure of spacecraft attitude control systems design and analyses took him to Space Technology Labs in 1968. With STL/TRW, he participated in the Minuteman III ICBM, Space Shuttle Avionics, HEAO design and operations as an analyst as well as other national space systems programs as functional and program management. He retired from TRW in 2001. To keep his interests active in the aerospace field, Dale became a member of the Western Museum of Flight after retirement while also doing consulting to Northrop Grumman and JPL.

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Monday, June 28
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm