Ken Hampton Obituary

Kenneth Duane Hampton, 83, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Ken attended Mars Hill College and graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Upon graduation in pursuit of his love for aviation, he came to the Peninsula to work for NASA, Langley, in the Transonic Dynamics Tunnel, and later transferred to the US Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) (AVLABS) at Ft. Eustis, until his retirement in 1993. After retirement, he worked at Jamestown Settlement, was involved with CNU’s Life-Long Learning Society, and pursued his love of art and was an accomplished painter.

Ken had a passion for serving others and the community. This was exemplified by his over 50 years of working with the Boy Scouts of America, especially with Troops 48 and 6. He was awarded the Silver Beaver and the Distinguished Scouting Award. Ken made a positive impact in the lives of so many boys through the years. He believed in scouting and taught by example, serving as a role model. Ken organized many a Klondike Derby, hiked the C & O Canal more times that he would have liked to remember, participated in numerous summer camps, and enjoyed a trip to Philmont. If added up, his time spent in the woods camping would have been over 6 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church.

Appreciation for Angel Tree Gifts

Happy New Year!
 I just wanted to take the time and Thank You again on behalf of the family(ies) you supported during the Holiday Season.     All of the families were very, very appreciative.     I will bring over Thank you cards from the families as I receive them.
 Again, thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and generosity.

Sincerely,
Marlene F. Cherrye
Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support
Army Community Service
 Joint Base Langley – Eustis

In Memorium – James Trant

James Parrish Trant Jr., a Newport News native, passed away on August 14, 2019 at the age of 95.  Jim was a member of the United States Army Air Force during World War II.  After the war he returned to school and graduated from  Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.  He continued his education at the University of Virginia where he earned a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering.  He spent his career working as an engineer at NACA Langley and later at Fort Eustis. Jim was among the aeronautical engineers who moved from NACA Langley to AVLABS to support Army Aviation Research.  Jim was a member of the AVLABS preliminary design team and was an early advocate for the use of high speed digital computer systems to perform comprehensive studies of tradeoffs for the preliminary design of helicopters.

Webmaster’s Note:  Despite Jim’s attendance at the University of Virginia, he was a stalwart Virginia Tech Hokie.  After he retired, he invariably wore his Virginia Tech baseball cap on his daily walks around his neighborhood      and, in cooler weather, his Virginia Tech jacket.

In Memorium – John Yeates

John Edmond Yeates Jr. died August 18,2019 at Mary Immaculate Hospital.  In 1941 John joined the US Army Air Corps. In 1942 he graduated from Flight School as a 2nd Lieutenant and received his Wings. He served as a Pilot during World War Two in the European Theatre where he participated in several Airborne Missions, Including Holland, Southern France, and Bastogne towing gliders and dropping paratroops. He was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Presidential Unit citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the European Theatre Ribbon with three Battle Stars the American Defense Ribbon and the World War Two Victory Medal. After he was released from the Army, he attended The University of Alabama, graduating in 1947.

Following graduation, he was employed by NACA in Hampton, Virginia, working in the Flight Division for 11 years. In 1958 he moved to the US Army Aviation Materials Laboratory (AVLABS) at Ft. Eustis, Virginia, where he worked in the area of Aeromechanics and Helicopter Research for nearly 20 years. In 1978 he retired as Group Leader of the Aeromechanics Group after 35 years of military and civilian service.

Note: He was your webmaster’s first supervisor when he joined AVLABS in 1971.

Penn State Rotary Wing Short Course

The 52nd Annual Pennylvania State University Comprehensive Short Course in Rotary Wing Technology will be held August 5 – 9, 2019, in State College, Pennsylvania.  It is a 5-day course covering aerodynamics, dynamics, stability and control, structures, acoustics, propulsion and drive trains of vertical flight vehicles. Many chapter members have attended over the years and have found the course to be excellent.

If you are interested in more information click here.

Luncheon meeting of AATD Retirees, Monday, May 6

Actually, any men or women who worked  for TECOM, USAAMRDL, AVLABS, ATL or AATD or even had close associations with these organizations (like NASA or industry) are welcome to attend.  The luncheons are held most first Mondays of the month, gathering around 11:15 a.m. at the Yorktown Pub, 540 Water Street, within sight of the Coleman Bridge.