Harold Holland Obituary

Harold Wayne Holland, 81, of Williamsburg, died Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Born in Tennessee, he lived most of his life in Williamsburg. He was a member of Lebanon Christian Church in Lee Hall, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1960 with an engineering degree. He spent two years in the U.S. Army Reserves and retired as an aerospace engineer for the U.S. Army rotorcraft research and development activity at Ft. Eustis in 1996.

Ned Chase Retirement Luncheon

Ned is retiring from his position as Deputy Program Manager, Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Competitive Prototype (FARA CP)
Come celebrate at the Fort Eustis Club in the T-Lounge on Thursday, January 9, 2020 @ 11:30 a.m. Address: 2123 Pershing Avenue, Ft Eustis, VA

Menu: Salad Bar, Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, turnip greens, yellow corn and homemade rolls
Price: $18 (includes the cost of lunch plus tax and gratuity)
Please RSVP and pay by December 31, 2019 to
Joyce Bunch @ joyce.d.bunch.civ@mail.mil

Congratulations Dr. Oliver Wong

Dr. Oliver Wong has been confirmed as the Associate Director of ADD-Ames; Wong had been acting for several months but this position had been vacated by Barry Lankinsmith when he retired in January 2017.  Wong was formerly the Technical Area Lead for Experimental Aeromechanics with ADD at Langley Research Center in Virginia. (per Vertiflite ,  September/October 2019, p. 3).  Dr Wong served as Technical Director on the Hampton Roads Chapter Board  for a number of years.

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.

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