Quest for Performance: The Evolution of Modern Aircraft
About the Author
[547] Laurence K. Loftin, Jr. was born in Lynchburg, Virginia,. and was graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1943. He joined the staff of the Langley Research Center in 1944. In a variety of positions, he engaged in and supervised research in aerodynamics and aeroelasticity, and in 1958 was chosen to be Technical Assistant to the Langley Director. In 1961 he was named Assistant Director of the Langley Research Center with responsibility for all aeronautical research; and in 1970 was named Director for Aeronautics. Mr. Loftin, on assignment from NASA, served as Assistant for Aeronautics in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Research and Development from July 1971 to July 1972. He was chief Aeronautical Engineer at Langley from July 1972 until his retirement from NASA in December 1973. Mr. Loftin is now actively engaged in teaching, writing, consulting, and research studies.
Mr. Loftin is the author of numerous technical papers dealing with various aspects of aeronautics, and has published a highly regarded textbook dealing with aircraft design and development.
He is a member of the American Aviation Historical Society, and the Experimental Aircraft Association, and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has received the Langley Research Center Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for his significant contributions to aeronautical development. He has also been cited by the Air Force and the FAA for contributions to aeronautics.
Mr. Loftin resides in Newport News, Virginia.