Participated in the design of the DC-1, 2, and 3, XF D-1 Navy fighter, and the TBD-1 torpedo plane while working at Douglas Aircraft.
Patented a mechanically controlled reversible pitch propeller.
Received his naval aviator wings in 1936 where one of his first exploits was to fly from the USS Lexington in search of Amelia Earhart.
Proposed the development of a guided missile in 1939 which eventually became Project Kingfisher.
Made the first test flight of an American jet on October 1st, 1942.
Served as Engineering Vice President at Bell after World War II and was responsible for the world’s first supersonic airplanes including the Bell X-15, X-1a, and X-2 (the first to exceed mach 2 and 3).
Pioneered the principle of launching aircraft from a “mothership” at high-altitude.
Led the development of the USAF first downward ejection seat and the B-58 encapsulated seats.