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(October 10, 2020) Inventing the Joint Strike Fighter | Air Refueling | Climate Change and Climate Reality Project (Dr. Paul Bevilaqua | Lt. Col. Mark Hasara | Syreeta Watkins and Douglas Yazell )

October 10, 2020 @ 10:00 am 1:50 pm PDT

Inventing the Joint Strike Fighter | Air Refueling (Dr. Paul Bevilaqua | Mark Hasara)

Oct 10, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 1:10 PM (PT)

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AIAA LA-LV e-Town Hall Meeting

Saturday, October 10, 2020, 10 am

Inventing the Joint Strike Fighter

Dr. Paul Bevilaqua

AIAA Fellow

AIAA Distinguished Lecturer

Chief Engineer of the Skunk Works

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Air Refueling

Mark R. Hasara, Lt Col, USAF, (ret)
Author of Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit
Professional Speaker: Aviate, Navigate, and Communicate
Founder of Wall Pilot: Aviation graphics for the walls of your home or office

Climate Change and Climate Reality Project

Syreeta Watkins and Douglas Yazell

Syreeta Watkins:
Contract Specialist at NASA
Douglas Yazell:
Honeywell-Retired; Teacher, Math & Robotics, Texas City High School

Agenda/Schedule (All Time PDT)

10:05 AM (PDT): Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane (AIAA LA LV Section Chair) (Welcome)
10:10 AM (PDT): Dr. Paul Bevilaqua
11:40 AM (PDT): Lt. Col. Mark Hasara
01:10 PM (PDT): Ms. Syreeta Watkins and Mr. Douglas Yazell
01:50 PM (PDT): Adjourn

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Who? (Dr. Paul Bevilaqua)

Dr. Paul Bevilaqua has spent much of his career developing Vertical Take Off and Landing aircraft. He joined Lockheed Martin as Chief Aeronautical Scientist and became Chief Engineer of the Skunk Works, where he played a leading role in creating the Joint Strike Fighter. He invented the dual cycle propulsion system that made it possible to build a stealthy supersonic VSTOL Strike Fighter, and suggested that conventional and Naval variants of this aircraft could be developed to create a common, affordable aircraft for all three services. He subsequently led the engineering team that demonstrated the feasibility of building this aircraft.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he was Manager of Advanced Programs at Rockwell International’s Navy aircraft plant, where he led the design of VSTOL interceptor and transport aircraft. He began his career as an Air Force officer at Wright Patterson AFB, where he developed a lift system for an Air Force VSTOL Search and Rescue Aircraft. He received degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and Purdue University.

He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is also the recipient of a USAF Scientific Achievement Award, AIAA and SAE Aircraft Design Awards, AIAA and AHS VSTOL Awards, and Lockheed Martin AeroStar and Nova Awards.

What? “Inventing the Joint Strike Fighter”

This presentation will describe the technical and program challenges involved in developing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and show how an innovative idea became an international program with engineers from half a dozen countries developing a single replacement aircraft for multiple aircraft types. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was developed to meet the multirole fighter requirements of the US Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and our allies. The Air Force variant is a supersonic, single engine stealth fighter. The Navy variant has a larger wing and more robust structure in order to operate from aircraft carriers, while the Marine Corps variant incorporates an innovative propulsion system that can be switched from a turbofan cycle to a turbo shaft cycle for vertical takeoff and landing. This propulsion system enabled the X-35 to become the first aircraft in history to fly at supersonic speeds, hover, and land vertically. The development team won the Collier Trophy, which recognizes “the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America” each year, for this accomplishment.

Who? (Mark R. Hasara, Lt Col, USAF, (ret))

Mark Hasara is a former Air Force KC-135 pilot, international businessman, and consultant in the defense industry. Directing the creation of the world’s only graduate-level air refueling planning and operations course, he deployed five times after 9/11 leading a team of 30 international airmen responsible for all air refueling operations across three continents. Mark authored the book Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit in November 2017 published by Simon and Schuster describing his experiences and relating them to core elements of success on the battlefield, in the boardroom, or everyday life. Delivering over 5000 presentations to military and international business leaders, he continues to write and speak about experiences and lessons learned from four wars and the business world. Mark and his wife Valerie are the parents of five wonderful kids and currently live in Utah.

What? “Air Refueling”
1. Air Refueling History
Math in Public: A Tanker Driver’s Echo-Footprint
First air refueling: Wes May’s gas can in 1921
Lowell Smith and John Richter: Rockwell Field San Diego in 1923
The Germans made us do it!: The Question Mark
Sir Alan Cobham and Flight Refueling Limited: First Patented System
First Combat hook up: June 1951 of Korean War
Chrome Domes and Brass Knobs: The Cuban Missile Crisis
2. Afghanistan
The 509th Weapons School
Coalition Partners
Afghanistan: Opening Night
Battle for Robert’s Ridge
3. Iraqi Invasion
Operation Southern Focus
F-117 attack on Dora Farms
“Shock and Awe” becomes “Mad and Pissed Off”
Thunder Runs
4. Sluggo’s Dream Tanker


Who? (Ms. Syreeta Watkins)

Syreeta Watkins is a Houstonian, married with 2 kids. She works at NASA, Johnson Space Center as a transportation specialist and sustainability lead. Through her career at NASA, she joined forces with Engineers without Borders, Johnsons Space Center Chapter and has pushed for domestic clean water projects in the states in addition to the already established International projects through this organization. She has been the fundraising coordinator for EWB for 2 years and is now also the lead for communication and relationship building between EWB and domestic project communities. She is also a fundraising coordinator and rider for the BPMS150 in the search for a cure for friends and family with multiple sclerosis. Overall, Syreeta has a passion for educating and helping others in need and building long lasting relationships.

Who? (Mr. Douglas Yazell)

Mr. Yazell worked for Honeywell aerospace engineering from 1981 to 2011, mostly on NASA projects. He earned a BSEE degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa and a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, south of the Los Angeles area. The latter was mostly from the mechanical engineering department, with work in robotics, control systems, and equations of motion. He worked in Clearwater Florida 1981-1983, the Los Angeles area 1983-1992, and in the NASA/JSC community after 1992. Since 2016 he is a Teacher in public high schools with two teaching certificates, Math and Technology Education, including a year of teaching Robotics.

What? “Climate Change and Climate Reality Project”
As a trained volunteer Leader with Climate Reality Project, I can present the updated slide deck of Vice President Al Gore, along with a few charts and comments of my own. The slideshow was part of the work that resulted in honoring Al Gore with the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Climate Reality Project provides us with slide decks of various lengths, including one which can be shown in as few as ten minutes. The official slide deck asks, “Must we change?”, “Can we change?”, and, “Will we change?” I will add a few comments of my own, including two comments from the 2019 book by Naomi Oreskes, “Why Trust Science?” A minority says the settled science is not settled. She presents one popular way to talk to them, but they win if we use that approach. Two ways to start and win those conversations are the subjects of her 2010 book and her 2019 book. She also explains that demographic diversity is required for a diversity of perspectives in modern science.

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