See "A Tribute to Charlie Van Norman" by Bob Kennington for a complete history of Charlie's career.

From a condensed version of above document.


Charlie Van Norman 1943 - 2015

Charles Vernon Van Norman was born in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 1943. “Charlie” graduated from California Polytechnic Institute San Luis Obispo in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and also earned a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1974. In the summer of 1964 he was hired as a civilian employee at the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC), Edwards AFB, California shortly after graduating from Cal Poly. He was a performance and flying qualities engineer on projects such as YAT-28E, RB-57F, Lear Jet Model 23, U-10B, XC-142A, C-123K, C-5A, EC-47Q, NC-123X, C-130A, C- 130B, B-52A and B-52G, A-9A, YF-16, B-1B, and various aircraft associated with the Have Idea program. He later became the section chief of the P&FQ branch and was a Program Manager for Joint Air Force/NASA testing of the F-111 TACT, HiMat, AFTI-16 and AFTI-111 research aircraft. Charlie then served in a number of senior roles at AFFTC including Deputy Chief, Flight Dynamics Division; Deputy for Data, Air Launched Cruise Missile; Deputy for Operations and Chief, Computer Sciences Division; Deputy Director, 6521 Range Squadron; Director and Deputy Director, B-2 Combined Test Force; and Senior Technical Advisor for the 412th Test Wing.

Charlie retired from civil service in February 1998. He moved from his home in Lancaster, California to a new home he designed and built in Wellington, Nevada. He started working as a government support contractor with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), TYBRIN, and INQU LLC on various projects.

Charlie was a winner of the Society of Flight Test Engineers Kelly Johnson Award Winner in 1996 and was a Fellow & Life Member of SFTE.