Rapid-fire facts

  • First flight: Dec. 21, 1970
  • Wing sweep can be varied in flight
  • Number built: 712
  • Nickname: Tomcat


  • Wingspan: 64ft (19.6mm) / 38ft (11.6m)
  • Length: 62ft 9” (19.1m)
  • Height: 16ft (4.8m)
  • Max. speed: 1,544mph (2,485km/h)
  • Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney TF30 (JT10A) turbofan

June answer:

Sikorsky VS-44

June winner:

Chris Caudana, Contracts Manager, California Screw Products, Paramount, California

How long have you been in the aerospace business?

I started selling Cherry Rivets for a Texas company (Standard Parts and Equipment) in 1985, so 31 years.

How did you become interested in aircraft?

I’ve always been fascinated by all types of aircraft, which I’m sure I got from my dad. He loved everything about aviation and always wanted to be a pilot, but his eyesight wasn’t quite good enough. I fondly remember many hours of building models with him as a kid.

What is your favorite aircraft (and why)?

Really too many to list, but the Lockheed SR-71 stands out. Kelly Johnson’s 1950s design still “officially” holding speed records is really impressive.


Greg Nixon

Prototype Machinist

Purolator Facet Inc.

Greensboro, North Carolina

Dennis Lohr

Product Manager

Astronics AES

Kirkland, Washington

submission procedure:

To enter the contest, visit www.AerospaceManufacturingAndDesign.com/NameThatPlane and fill out the provided entry form. Only completed forms will qualify.

The entry deadline for this issue’s contest is October 3, 2016. Winners will be announced in the November/December 2016 issue.

Have fun, and good luck!

For a full set of rules, please visit www.AerospaceManufacturingAndDesign.com/NameThatPlane.

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