Donald G. Thomson


Birth: Aug. 16, 1919
New York, USA

Death: Jun. 14, 2005
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Family links:
George S. Thomson (1892 - ____)
Mabel C. C. Gerhardt Steckman (1890 - 1979)




A helmet worn by instrumentation engineer Don Thomson is displayed on the wall along with a photograph of him wearing it in 1943. He first arrived here as a Bell employee to work on the XP-63 program in December of 1942. Thomson played a major role in the design of new instrumentation systems, redefining "state-of-the art," and was widely known as Edwards' own, "Mr. Instrumentation." At the time of his retirement in May 1995, Thomson had worked in direct support of the flight test mission longer than any other employee in the base's history with more than 50 years of service.