Walter A LipeWalter A Lipe

Birth:  Aug. 26, 1936
Death:  May 25, 2006

LIPE, Walter A. 69, died May 2006. Prior to joining JT3LLC retired from Edwards Air Force Flight Test Center after 43 years of service. He was an elder at Antelope Valley Christian Center. He is survived by his wife, Mona; son, Bruce; daughter, Elaine; 4 grandsons; Ryan, Skyler, Troy, and Corey; and a sister, Joan.


EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - Walter A. Lipe was honored with a Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award when he retired after more than 40 years as a U.S. government employee.

Lipe, the Air Force Flight Test Center's Instrumentation Division chief engineer since 1999, spent his last year performing the duties of the Instrumentation chief as well as the chief engineer.

``Your service has exceeded all expectations and you have set an example for others who serve,'' Maj. Gen. Curtis Bedke, the Flight Test Center commander, said in a farewell letter.

Lipe's leadership in the design and development of advanced test instrumentation systems saved the Air Force well over $100 million by standardizing data acquisition systems and support equipment that would meet the needs of most major test ranges, Bedke said.

Lipe received the Pioneer Award from the International Telemetry Foundation for his career achievements, the first presentation of the award to an Edwards employee.

Lipe, a Lancaster resident, started work at Edwards Air Force Base in 1961 as a contractor employee working on the B-52H bomber. He took a civil service job in 1963 as an instrumentation engineer.

He was promoted to chief of the Instrumentation Engineering section in 1965, to chief of the Instrumentation Design Branch in 1980, and to chief of the Instrumentation Operations Branch in 1985.