Johnson, Kelly (engineer)

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Johnson, Kelly (engineer) Gender: M
Laurence Johnson
born on 27 February 1910 at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )
Place Ishpeming, Michigan, 46n29, 87w40
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Starkman
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Kelly (engineer) Johnson


American aeronautical and systems engineer. He is recognized for his contributions to a series of important aircraft designs, most notably the Lockheed U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird. Besides the first production aircraft to exceed Mach 3, he also produced the first fighter capable of Mach 2, the United States' first operational jet fighter, as well as the first fighter to exceed 400 mph, and many other contributions to various aircraft. As a member and first team leader of the Lockheed Skunk Works, Johnson worked for more than four decades and is said to have been an "organizing genius". He played a leading role in the design of over forty aircraft, including several honored with the prestigious Collier Trophy, acquiring a reputation as one of the most talented and prolific aircraft design engineers in the history of aviation. In 2003, as part of its commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' flight, Aviation Week & Space Technology ranked Johnson eighth on its list of the top 100 "most important, most interesting, and most influential people" in the first century of aerospace.

Johnson died on 21 December 1990 at the age of 80 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Ca. after physical deterioration and the advancement of senility, caused by the hardening of his arteries connecting to his brain.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Starkman quotes birth certificate in hand


  • Vocation : Engineer : Aerospace
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession