On this day in 1981… Jack Northrop dies

Flight recorded the death at age 85 of aviation engineer and industrial designer John Knudsen “Jack” Northrop (pictured).

Jack-Northrop-dies.gifFlight said at the time that the aviation world had lost its second pioneer in a month with the death of “Jack” Northrop.

The aviation career of John Knudsen Northrop began in 1916 when he worked for the Loughead (later Lockheed) brothers designing seaplane wings.

The operation folded and in 1923 Northrop joined the Douglas company, his first assignment being to work on the World Cruiser.

 The first death Flight referred to was that of Donald Douglas, who died earlier in the month as Flight reported in its 14 February issue…

His ‘DC-3 became a legend, setting standards which earned Donald Douglas both the Collier Trophy and the Daniel Guggenheim Medal in 1936 “for outstanding contributions to the design and construction of military and transport airliners”.’

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One Response to On this day in 1981… Jack Northrop dies

  1. Frank Rockenback 23 June, 2009 at 11:27 pm #

    Was it on this date that Jack Northrop died in 1981, or was it 1991? Jack Northrop was able to view a scale model of the B-2 Spirit, patterned after Northrop’s famous YB-49 Flying Wing, before he died. The year 1981 is much too early – Thanks

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