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.