John Stott, 1930-present

Work history:  (US Air Force, Collins Radio, Texas Instruments, North American Aviation, North American Rockwell, Rockwell International, Applied Electronics, Tracor Aerospace and The University of Texas). Projects: AN/ARC-27, Millstone Transponder, ADEPTE 2, Redhead/Roadrunner, IOIC, NIPS, NTDS, RA-5C, Apollo Spacecraft and Ground Support, Countermeasures Systems and The University of Texas Petroleum Engineering Technical Staff

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Graduating Class 06229, Scott Air Force Base.  06229 was the Air Force designation for the class starting on June 22th of the year 1949.  Of the above Radio Maintenance class we shipped to:  Stott -- NEAC  (Northeast Air Command),   Singley --  California,   Loesch -- FEAF (Far Eastern Air Force),   Jones  -- NEAC,  Motley -- FEAF,  Devroe -- NEAC,   Hartsford -- Tennessee,   Freebarn -- FEAC,   Saunders -- FEAF,   Stannek -- FEAF,   O'Niel -- FEAF. My privilege was to graduate with the highest academic honors of the 06229 class.

My assignment at Narsarssuak was from July 1950 thru October 1951,  the tour was for one year.  However we couldn't 'ship' out without a direct replacement.

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April 17th, 1957 - Photo taken for the Air Force Times and The Lockbourne Skyhawk publications.  In this particular event I was lucky enough to make the highest qualifying score ever made on the Flight Facilities  (Electronic systems for navigation and communications)  AFSC (Air Force Speciality Code) examination.

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1959 - MIT Lincoln Laboratories Millstone Hill Radar Transponder, designed and built at Texas Instruments 6000 Lemmon Avenue facility, Dallas, TX.  A state of the art 420 megahertz transponder to be used in a Douglas Thor missile to enhance the Millstone Radar ability to track the Thor up to 40,000 nautical miles.  As a technician I hand fabricated the final amplifier for each of these units.  Vibration immunity was tested to 100 G.

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1961 - Automatic Drawer Easily Programmed Test Equipment check out equipment (ADEPTE 2). Designed and built at the Columbus, OH division of North American Aviation (NAA) Minuteman program.  If you are in this photograph you know who you are.

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Sept 18th,1962 - White Sands Missile Range, NM. Test flight of NAA Columbus designed and built Redhead/Roadrunner target missile.  This missile was 19 feet long and 1 foot in diameter.

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1960's-70's - A-5/RA-5C Vigilante. The A3J-1 (A-5A) Vigilante originally intended to deliver a nuclear warhead from a Forrestal class carrier became a victim to military politics .  Quick thinking engineers at the NAA Columbus, OH division proposed that the Vigilante become the A-5/RA-5 C intelligence gathering platform for the Navel Tactical Data System (NTDS).  This aircraft was capable of low flying high speed  terrain avoidance intelligence missions, gathering horizon to horizon photographic, infrared and radar signature information. Stereo photographic technology  and false color infrared gave photo interpreters new dimensions to photographic data.  See SCV below.

NOTE: The Russian Fox Bat  [MIG-25] was designed on a similar air frame apparently copied after the Vigilante.

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1964 - Integrated Operational Intelligence Center (IOIC) module test set designed to support the surface based Navel Intelligence Processing System (NIPS) and Navel Tactical Data System (NTDS). One of my early projects as a Design Engineer at NAA Columbus, OH.  These units were installed on the CVA Forrestal class aircraft carriers.

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1965 - Amateur Radio.  Operating a BC-640 on the two meter band. Radio call was K8LXU. This photograph was taken by Vern Wolfe, N0ENS, and appeared on the front cover of the February 1998 issue of Electric Radio magazine.

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1965-68 - The faded remains of an humorous attempt by Test Astronauts Neil Anderson, Joel Rosenzweig and Donald Garrett during the thermal vacuum test of Apollo SC-008 block 1 vehicle.

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1965-68 -  Apollo Spacecraft (2TV1) and associated Service Module being prepared for extensive thermal vacuum testing in the 65 by 117-foot chamber (chamber door is 40 feet in diameter) at the Houston, TX  Manned Spacecraft Center (later renamed Johnson Spacecraft Center).  My duties as an Apollo  Flight Test Engineer with North American Rockwell included the spacecraft SECS (Sequential Events Control Systems) , EPS (Electrical Power System),  GN (Guidance and Navigation) and associated ground control and test equipment.

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1969 - Stereometric Comparison Viewer (SCV). Photo Interpreters  (PI) work station. Each SCV provided two PI  workstations where different reconnaissance missions could be compared to determine the activity of a particular target area. The articulated eye binocular along with the film accumulator would permit the target to be viewed in stereo with reference targets performing mensuration with extreme accuracy. My major responsibility with the SCV was as project engineer for the design and fabrication of the work shelf , dual keyboards and multiplex electronics interface for the keyboards. (See A-5/RA-5C above)

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1972 - Applied Electronics Company - Jack Barkhurst, Jim Kettell and myself installing video production equipment and studio. Jack and I formed AEC in 1969 while I was still at Rockwell International, our objective was to provide a high end service and installation company in the television community.  This led to MATV and propitiatory television cable distribution, fire alarm and security systems.

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1976 - This newspaper clipping is just prior to selling my portion of AEC to my partner Jack Barkhurst and moving back to Texas.

NOTE:  After my leaving AEC, Mike Walls joined the company as a lighting specialist. Mike ultimately provided a new direction for AEC in the field of design, installation and servicing lighting systems. As lighting became the primary business a new name seemed appropriate to reflect the new direction and  Master Lighting  was born. When AEC's primary business philosophy turned away from electronic communications and security systems Dale Acree and Jim Daily became concerned  about their role in the new company. Acree Daily Corporation, an electronic systems specialist  was founded in 1984. Integrated Systems Groups founded in 1995 merged with Acree Daily in 2000. Now known as Acree Daily Integrated Systems Group. Both Master Lighting and Acree Daily companies are outstanding in their business policy and have continually surrounded themselves with the best personnel in their respective technical fields. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since those days, we are all older and wiser.

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1990 - Laboratory for measurement of  axial and radial deformation and acoustical transmission properties of core samples.   I enjoyed the freedom of setting up this lab to perform the required functions for the experimental research procedures conducted under the supervision of Dr. Augusto Podio  at The University of Texas at Austin Petroleum Engineering Department. E=MC^2 +/- 3db

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John Stott ,1999