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Billy D. Thompson

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Director of Regional Affairs

Local Address:  Washington D.C. , District of Columbia , United States
United States Air Force

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chief, Air Force Senate Liaison Office
    United States Air Force
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ACC Staff, 5 Feb 2015 [cached]
Maintenance Director Bill Thompson
Bill recently joined the ACC staff to oversee Maintenance. Bill retired from Pilot Mechanical where he served as a technician for years. We are very excited to have Bill as a part of our staff!
Pilot Mechanical Home About Us page, 26 April 2015 [cached]
Bill Thompson
Author William D. Thompson ..., 26 May 2014 [cached]
Author William D. Thompson worked for Cessna for 28 years as an engineering test pilot and as the manager of flight tests and aerodynamics.
William D. Thompson author, worked for Cessna for 28 years as a engineering test pilot, and as the manager of flight tests and aerodynamics.
In 1964 a group of engineers ..., 18 April 2014 [cached]
In 1964 a group of engineers set off for major aerial application areas in Georgia and Texas and interviewed owners and pilots and determine what they wanted. “To carry the requested 200 gallons of liquid,� wrote Cessna manager of flight test Bill Thompson, “it was necessary to consider a 200 sq. ft. wing area and about 40+ feet of span. The operators had requested a large and robust wing root `step area’ capable of withstanding abuse from loaders dumping 100-lb. bags of dry material into the hopper.�
Collect Air, 19 Oct 2007 [cached]
On February 28, 1961, Bill Thompson, chief engineering test pilot, made the first flight of the twin-engine Skymaster, fixed gear, twin-boom, from McConnell AFB.
If you are interested in Cessna airplane development, I suggest the book, Cessna, Wings for the World, The Single-Engine Development Story, by William D. Thompson (1991). Bill Thompson was the Manager of Flight Test & Aerodynamics at Cessna when I was employed there and was the chief engineering test pilot.
Bill was no stranger to record flights as he set a world's altitude record for lightplanes in 1953 by reaching 37,063 feet in the Cessna XL-19B.
Walt Shiel did not have anything to do with the YH-41 so his historical information is extracted from contemporary documents, William Thompson's excellent Cessna book, military reports and personal interviews with people somehow associated with the YH-41 or second generation involvement.
So far in this article, the books mentioned above by Walt Shiel, Norman Polmar, W.E. Butterworth and William Thompson, although punctuated by a few errors, are worthwhile contributions to the history of the CH-1.
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