November 21, 1952: Center Management Analysis Division Control Room

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The Air Force Flight Test Center Management Analysis Division completed a Control Room to display in one place all reference information on the progress of any specific test project, and the exact status of all phases of base operations including budget, manpower, and efficiency areas. The new “informational general store” was located in the renovated Staff Conference Room in a building adjacent to the Air Force Flight Test Center Headquarters Building.

ack Strier spent his flight-test career-from 1952 until he retired in 1980-at Edwards Air Force Base, California. His legacy was not the aircraft he helped to perfect, but rather the people he mentored, taught, and developed. He was a United States Marine Corps aviator during World War II and flew F-4U Corsairs and F-6F Hellcats. After his release from active duty in 1946, he returned to the University of California at Los Angeles and earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1949. Following a twoyear stint with Hughes Aircraft, he accepted a position as the performance and flying qualities engineer on the H-23B helicopter, followed by assignments as project engineer on the B-36F bomber heavyweight performance tests, the H-19B helicopter, the Cessna XL-19C turboprop, and the YF-84J and F-104A jet fighters at Edwards in the Performance and Flying Qualities Engineering Branch. In 1956 he was promoted to engineering supervisor, and in 1960 he became assistant branch chief. As a supervisor, Jack participated in the test and evaluation of nearly every aircraft to enter the Air Force inventory over the next twenty years. Mr. Strier also contributed to a wide range of Air Force source selections and participated in record-setting attempts with the F-104 and F-106 as project engineer, advisor, and National Aeronautics Association observer.


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