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