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Gary Curtis Hall

Gary Curtis Hall, American experimental test pilot, aerospace engineer and executive. Pioneer development armed fighter helicopter. Decorated Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (2), others; named Southeast Kern County Citizen of Year, 1980-1981.

Background

  • Hall, Gary Curtis was born on December 31, 1932 in Miami, Florida, United States. Son of Clarence R. and Mary Lou (Schofill) Hall.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1956. Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, University Texas, Austin, 1961.

    Career

    • Enlisted in the United States Army, 1951. Commissioned Second lieutenant infantry, 1956. Advanced through grades to lieutenant colonel.

      Airplane and helicopter test pilot, 1958. Graduate United States Navy Test Pilot School, 1965. Two tours of duty in Vietnam.

      Deputy Commander United States Army Engineering Flight Test Activity, 1972-1974, retired, 1975. Director Mojave Flight Test Facility, Flight Systems, Inc., 1975-1976. Flight test project engineer A-10 fighter Fairchild Republic Company, Edwards Air Force Base, California, 1977-1979.

      Supervisor test team section Kentron International, 1979-1982. Manager aircraft flight test department Computer Sciences Corporation, since 1983.

    Major achievements

    • Pioneer development armed fighter helicopter.

    Membership

    Mayor, Rosamond, California, 1975. Fellow Society Experimental Test Pilots (1st army aviator associate fellow). Member Society Flight Test Engineers, American Helicoptor Society, United States Army Aviation Association, Rosamond Chamber of Commerce (president 1974, 76, 77, 79-82), BDD Flight Test History Foundation.

    Connections

    • Married Carole Creech, July 12, 1970. Children: Carol Jo, Johnna Rae, Mary Christine.
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    Born December 31, 1932
    • 1956
      United States Military Academy
    • 1961
      University Texas
    • 1951
      Enlisted in United States Army
    • 1956
      commissioned 2nd lieutenant infantry
    • 1958
      airplane and helicopter test pilot
    • 1965
      graduate United States Navy Test Pilot School
    • 1975 - 1976
      director, Mojave Flight Test Facility
    • 1977 - 1979
      flight test project engineer, A-10 fighter Fairchild Republic Company
      California, United States
    • 1979 - 1982
      supervisor test team section Kentron Intern, ational
    • 1983
      manager, aircraft flight test department Computer Sciences Corporation
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