History Panel

History Panels Lineup LACAS 2018

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SATURDAY, MARCH 24


9:30-10:30 A.M.
Red Bull Stratos and Free Falling from Space

Legendary pilot and space free fall parachutist Col. Joe Kittinger, USAF, Ret., joins with designer extraordinaire Art Thompson and renowned aerospace author Craig Ryan to tell the story of free-falling from outer space – from the perspective of Kittinger who set the record in 1960 at 102,800 feet. They also share the inside story on the Red Bull Stratos project and Felix Baumgartner’s daring record-breaking fall from space in 2012 before a global audience.Come visit one of the best STEM exhibitions you will ever experience!

  • Col Joe Kittinger (USAF Ret) First World Altitude Record 1960-2012
  • Art Thompson - Sage Cheshire, Red Bull Stratos
  • Alan Eustace, Current World Altitude Record Holder 2014 to present

 

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Lockheed Martin at 75 Years

It’s the 75th Anniversary for Lockheed Martin ’s Legendary Skunk Works., with top officials from the division telling the story of how the company ushered in so many of its cutting-edge aircraft, from the P-38 Lighting of World War II, to the F-35 Lightning II, today’s advanced Joint Strike Fighter. Prepare to hear about the legendary Skunk Works brain trust, including tales of Kelly Johnson, and Ben Rich, whose legacy encompasses the U-2, the SR-71 “Blackbird,” and the dawn of the era of Stealth combat aircraft.

  • Jack Gordon, Former President, Lockheed Skunk Works 1994 to 1999, heavily involved in the development of the SR-71 and Steve Justice, Former Director Advanced Systems, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works
  • Bob Gilliland, Legendary SR-71 First Flight Test Pilot
  • Key LMCO Engineers

 

4-5 p.m.
Black Planes, Blue Sky

The research, development and test flight of stealth aircraft involved gifted talent and competition from the aerospace giants of Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman. The men who flew prototypes that ushered in a new era of air dominance reflect on the contributions of code-named projects like Have Blue, Tacit Blue and Bird of Prey.

• Bird of Prey: Doug Benjamin – Test Pilot

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 25

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Lockheed Vega - Bridge to the Future

  • Allan Lockheed Jr.: Lockheed Grandson
  • Buzz Hale: Lockheed Vega Pilot
  • John Magoffin, Vega Owner-Pilot

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Lockheed Martin at 75 Years

It’s the 75th Anniversary for Lockheed Martin ’s Legendary Skunk Works., with top officials from the division telling the story of how the company ushered in so many of its cutting-edge aircraft, from the P-38 Lighting of World War II, to the F-35 Lightning II, today’s advanced Joint Strike Fighter. Prepare to hear about the legendary Skunk Works brain trust, including tales of Kelly Johnson, and Ben Rich, whose legacy encompasses the U-2, the SR-71 “Blackbird,” and the dawn of the era of Stealth combat aircraft.

  • Jack Gordon, Former President, Lockheed Skunk Works 1994 to 1999, heavily involved in the development of the SR-71 and Steve Justice, Former Director Advanced Systems, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works
  • Bob Gilliland, Legendary SR-71 First Flight Test Pilot
  • Key LMCO Engineers

4-5 p.m.
It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s a Blackbird!

The SR-71 Blackbird is not a bird, and the U-2 is not a rock ‘n roll act. The two aircraft comprise a historic epic of our nation’s quest to fly higher, and faster. And both planes have a place in the history book of high-flying “eye in the sky” surveillance in keeping our nation secure throughout the Cold War and up to the present moment.

  • Eddie McKim: SR-71 RSO
  • Dana Purifoy: NASA Test Pilot
  • David Lawrence, SR-71 SRO