Our very special guest presenter for the February 2nd, 1st Saturday in February Aviation Program and Pancake Breakfast will be Mr. Norman Currey. Mr. Currey was born in 1926 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England -- on the east coast. After high school he attended an aeronautical college near London and graduated as an aeronautical engineer. Norman was a co-op student and his training involved working at least 3 months in each department of De Havilland Aircraft. While at De Havilland, Norman worked on the Mosquito, Hornet, Vampire and the small Dove airliner. He then joined De Havilland where he worked on the structural analysis of the Comet.
Currey sailed to Canada in 1949 and worked for Avro Canada as a design engineer on the CF-100 fighter, the Jetliner and the Arrow supersonic fighter. In 1959 Lockheed offered him a job and with his wife and 3 year-old son, drove to Atlanta. Norman joined the design teams on the C-130, the JetStar and the C-5 where he did the preliminary design of its 24-wheel main landing gear. After that he spent many years doing R&D work in preliminary design.
After retiring, Lockheed called him back and asked him to go to South Korea to provide a one week lecture to their Agency for Defense Development. He has given lectures at two SAE International Aerospace Conferences in California and has found time to write a book on Aircraft Landing Gear Design -- a text book that is now used worldwide.