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Harold Derk Hoekstra

aeronautical engineer

Harold Derk Hoekstra, American aeronautical engineer. award Air Traffic Control Association, Inc.


Hoekstra, Harold Derk was born on August 18, 1902 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Dirk Jans and Grietje (Zandt) Hoekstra.


Student Michigan State University, 1922-1926.


Registered professional engineer, Washington. Chief engineer Crosley Aircraft Company, Cincinnati, 1929-1931. Aeronautical engineer Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan, 1931-1932, Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Company, Buffalo, 1932-1933.

Designer flight test engineer Stinson Aircraft Company, Wayne, Michigan, 1933-1937. With Federal Aviation Administration, 1937-1970, chief project officer Flight Standards Service, 1945-1961, chief engineer and safety div. Aircraft Development Service, 1961-1970.

Vice president engineering Flight Safety Foundation, Arlington, Virginia, 1970-1972. United States technical advisor Miles-Phoenix, Limited, United Kingdom, 1976-1984. Lecturer American University, Washington, 1952-1957, University Maryland, College Park, 1970-1971.

Advisor United States Air Force, Dayton, Ohio, 1963-1965. Committee member National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, Washington, 1944-1955, 1960-1968.


  • Author: Safety in General Aviation, 1971. A Letter to Sarah, 1983. Donovan Scholar University Michigan, 1928.

    Distinguished Alumnus fellow Royal Aeronautical Society, United Kingdom, 1953, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Society Automotive Engineers. Recipient technical writing award Air Traffic Control Association, Inc., 1984.


When anybody starts to follow the way of Jesus, it means to share his relationship with God as Father.


God calls for justice for those, who are oppressed by the powers of the day. Therefore Christians should be involved in political life.


Every member of a Christian Church should be delicate to other people and use appropriate language while communicating with others.


Clubs: National Aviation (Arlington, Virginia).


  • Other Interests

    Piloting; airplanes; world history.


Children– Elizabeth Hoekstra, Thomas Barker, Ann Wehr Hoekstra Geis, Dirk Macy.

Dirk Jans Hoekstra

Grietje (Zandt) Hoekstra

Elizabeth Hoekstra

Thomas Barker Hoekstra

Ann Wehr Hoekstra Geis Hoekstra

Dirk Macy Hoekstra