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Marta Bohn-Meyer

Marta Bohn-Meyer

Marta Bohn-Meyer (18 August 1957 – 18 September 2005) was an American pilot and engineer.

Marta Bohn-Meyer served as chief engineer of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Bohn-Meyer was involved in a variety of research projects at NASA — she was the first female crewmember assigned to the Lockheed SR-71, serving as navigator during studies of aerodynamics and propulsion that used the SR-71 as a testbed. She was also project manager in a study of advanced laminar flow wing design using the General Dynamics F-16XL aircraft.[1]

Bohn-Meyer was an accomplished Unlimited aerobatic pilot, and was twice a member of the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team. She also served as Team Manager in 2005.[2]
Bohn-Meyer died while practicing for the 2005 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships when the Giles 300 aerobatic aircraft she was piloting crashed in Yukon, Oklahoma, near the Clarence E. Page Municipal Airport. The cause of the crash was deemed to be the catastrophic failure of the front hinge of the canopy - which apparently incapacitated her and led to the crash.[3]

She is survived by her husband Robert R. Meyer, Jr., a project manager and flight test engineer at Dryden.[3][4]

References

  1. ^ NASA. "Women of NASA". Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  2. ^ NTSB. "NTSB report". Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  3. ^ a b Sylvia E. Pierson, Dryden X-Press, V.43, Iss.1, (2001-01-31). "The sky is not the limit".  
  4. ^ "Robert R. Meyer, Jr.". Dryden Flight Research Center-Biographies.  

External links

  • Biography from NASA
  • Official NASA press release
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