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consultant , Aeronautical engineer

William Richard Turner, American aeronautical engineer, consultant.


Turner, William Richard was born on August 11, 1937 in Pulaski, Virginia, United States. Son of Richard Kunkle and Georgia Virginia (Shinault) Turner.


Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1965. Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1972.


Engineer space vehicle group, Hercules Inc./Thiokol, 1965-1974; president, Turner Engineering Superior vena cava syndrome Company, Aberdeen, Maryland., 1974-1980; engineer, Baltimore Gas and Electric, 1980-1982; vice president, R.A.M. Engineers, Ellicott City, Maryland., 1982-1984; Civil Aeronautics Administration/Federal Aviation Administration computer quality assurance engineer, British Aerospace Inc., Herndon, Virginia, 1984-1988; senior fit. test engineer, United States Navy, NATTC, Pax River, Maryland., 1988; manager quality engineer, Hughes Fashion Institute Of Technology. Simulations Operations, Herndon, 1988-1990; retired, 1990; aeronautica consultant, Winchester, Virginia, since 1990. Member research advisory panel Aviation Week and Space Technology, New York City, since 1987.


  • Achievements include development of integration standard central air data computer F14, A6, A4, F4, S3 aircraft, of two stop 2 start rocket capability motor, of reliabilty-refueling system KC-135 A/C and Zuni Rocket advanced ignition system and baggage pod Jetstream 31 Aircraft (heavy and light load flight testing), also worked on design and static testing of same. Design retro-rocket motor for moon lander.


Director youth Loudoun Valley Church of God, Purcellville, Virginia, 1992. Colonel United States Marine Corps, 1954-1964, 68-71, with United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1954-1984, retired, Korea, Vietnam. Member Society Flight Test Engineers (chairman 1988), Association Naval Aviation, United States Naval Institute, American Society Quality Control (Distinguished Service award 1975), NATC, Tailhook Association.


Married Shirley Jean Stoots, December 10, 1958 (divorced August 1969). Children: Pamela Jean, Ricky Alan. Married Delonda Gail Fanin, March 23, 1970.

Children: Anita Jo, William Ballard. 1 adopted child, Shauna Lynn.

Richard Kunkle Turner

Georgia Virginia (Shinault) Turner

Delonda Gail Fanin

Shirley Jean Stoots

Ricky Alan Turner

Anita Jo Turner

William Ballard Turner

Pamela Jean Turner