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Bruce Wright

Bruce Wright

Aircraft/Spacecraft
Designer


View pictures from March dinner and speaker click here.

Dinner is catered and open to the public ($20/person), reservations are required prior to 6 p.m., Monday prior to dinner, either
On-line HERE or
call 805 296-1935

May Monthly Dinner
Wednesday, May 3d, 2017
No Host Bar 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m.

Bruce Wright has taught at Cal Poly for the last 9 years. Before that he spent 46 years in the Aerospace Industry at NASA, Lockheed Martin, SkyCat (a British company), and AeroVehicles ( a company he started at Santa Maria Airport and planned to move to Paso Robles Airport to design and build hybrid airships). He has participated in the design of 31 aircraft and spacecraft. He led the design of 19 aircraft as program manager. He is the father of the F/A-22 Raptor, our stealthy air superiority fighter.

While in Industry, he served as an advisor to NASA Headquarters on Programs and Budgets, Department of Transportation on International Aircraft Noise Rules, and Congressional Office of Technology.

He taught aircraft design at Cal Poly for 6 years. His students won first place in the AIAA International Aircraft Design competition 5 of those 6 years. He gave up teaching design and began teaching the History of Air and Space, a technical elective for non-engineering students. This is the most popular elective at Cal Poly with 1,500 students taking his class each year with over 300 on a yearly waiting list. After searching for a text book for 2 years and not finding one, he began writing one 2 years ago and will introduce volume one (Aircraft Evolution;  Military) to his classes this fall. Eventually it will be 3 volumes: military, commercial, and aircraft of the future.

In the last three months he began giving extra credit to students for visiting air and space museums. Over 100 students have visited the Estrella Warbirds Museum as a result and there will be many more in the future.

Bruce will give a presentation on stealth.


Dick Rutan Visits Estrella Warbirds Museum

Dick Rutan's Visit
L-R: Wayne Rice, Toni Moore, Carol Verstuyft, Ron Brooks, Sherm Smoot, Dick Rutan, Scott Stelzle, Ren Stelloh, Rob Kinnear, and Georg Marret (behind the camera)

World renown aircraft designer, world record-breaking aviator, Richard Glen "Dick" Rutan, visited Estrella Warbirds Museum to meet with the staff share some of his unique aviation insights. Dick Rutan was the Commander of the 1986 flight of the Rutan Voyger, as it made the first non-stop, unfueled flight around the world. His co-pilot was Jeana Yeager. Click here for more pictures thanks to Michael Levine.

Warbirds Wings & Wheels Goes National!

Watch Dennis Gage show off Warbirds Wings & Wheels 8 on national TV. You can now watch the entire episode on our Warbirds Wings & Wheels 9 pages. Click here to view!

Dennis Gage was at Estrella Warbirds Museum last May to film for an upcoming episode of "My Classic Car". We received the following from him concerning show dates for the episode:

  • It will premiere on NBC Sports Network on Tuesday, Jan 10 at 4:30 pm ET.
  • It will then air on Velocity on Saturday, Jan 14 at 8:30 am ET.
  • It will also air on MAVTV on Friday, Feb 17 at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, & 3:00 pm ET, and on Sunday, Feb 20 at 9:00 am & 12:00 pm ET.
  • Believe it or not, it will even air on MAVTV on Monday, Feb 21 at 3:30 am ET and Monday Feb 28 at 3:00 am ET.
  • It will air again on all networks six months from the original dates.
  • Rev’n (a relatively new over-the-air network) will also run the episode numerous times throughout the year (and into eternity) on a random schedule beginning in April.

Please note, the times listed are Eastern Time. Congratulations to Carol and Dan Verstuyft for co-managing Warbirds Wings & Wheels 8

...And In Other National News:

If you have visited the Woodland Auto Display this past year at Estella Warbirds Museum, you would have seen this Robert Yates car #28, diven by Davey Allison, on display. As of January 7th, it is on loan to an incredible organization. For just the third time since it opened in 2010, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will have a new feature displayed on its Glory Road exhibit -- one that highlights the most legendary drivers in the history of the sport. It takes some drivers years to make their mark on NASCAR’s premier series. In 1987, however, second-generation driver Davey Allison made headlines in his first full season. His five poles and two wins led to Rookie of the Year honors and a record that would stand for 12 seasons. Robert Yates, who served as engine builder on the car, took over as owner in 1989. He kept Allison on as driver and launched Robert Yates Racing

You can read more about the exhibit and view a video in the AutoWeek.com article which talks about this car, click here. How cool is that? Thanks Dick Woodland, for taking a critical part in this project!

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