Jack Strier

Birth: Jan. 6, 1921
Death: Jan. 5, 1995

Spouse: Beth Jean Gilmour Strier (1913 - 1992)

Burial:  Joshua Memorial Park
Lancaster, California, USA

From  "A Career in Test and Evaluation Reflections and Observations" from an oral history interview of Charles E. "Pete" Adolph, conducted by Dr. Richard P. Hallion.  This document was dedicated to the memory of Jack Strier.

Jack Strier spent his flight-test career-from 1952 until he retired in 1980-at Edwards Air Force Base, California. His legacy was not the aircraft he helped to perfect, but rather the people he mentored, taught, and developed. He was a United States Marine Corps aviator during World War II and flew F-4U Corsairs and F-6F Hellcats. After his release from active duty in 1946, he returned to the University of California at Los Angeles and earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1949. Following a two year stint with Hughes Aircraft, he accepted a position as the performance and flying qualities engineer on the H-23B helicopter, followed by assignments as project engineer on the B-36F bomber heavyweight performance tests, the H-19B helicopter, the Cessna XL-19C turboprop, and the YF-84J and F-104A jet fighters at Edwards in the Performance and Flying Qualities Engineering Branch. In 1956 he was promoted to engineering supervisor, and in 1960 he became assistant branch chief. As a supervisor, Jack participated in the test and evaluation of nearly every aircraft to enter the Air Force inventory over the next twenty years. Mr. Strier also contributed to a wide range of Air Force source selections and participated in record-setting attempts with the F-104 and F-106 as project engineer, advisor, and National Aeronautics Association observer. While involved in these projects, Jack trained a generation of flight-test engineers in the basics of performance and flying qualities testing. His skills as a teacher of the fundamentals of test planning, test conduct, data analysis, and reporting were without parallel. He personally mentored more Air Force personnel in the rudiments of flight testing than any other individual. His former students can be found today throughout the flight-test community with aircraft manufacturers, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Defense.

From AIAA, Scaned by Ron Hart.