Stormy Boudreaux - Former Pilot of SR-71 and U-2 Gives Presentation at Purdue

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Dr. Dan DeLaurentis and the Aero/Astro Student Advisory Council (AAESAC) presented former SR-71 and U-2 pilot Stormy Boudreaux to a packed audience in Armstrong Hall of Engineering on November 10, 2011.

A native of New Orleans, LA, Stormy Boudreaux earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Education from Tulane University and a Master of Science in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle.

He served 24 years in US Air Force as Command Pilot, Standards and Evaluation Pilot and Functional Test Pilot, flew F-4, T-38, T-33, U-2 and SR-71 with over 6,000 hours. He is one of only twelve pilots who have flown operational sorties in both U-2 and SR-71 aircraft. With 680 hours combat time, combat veteran of Vietnam, Lebanon, Granada and Desert Storm operations. He retired from USAF in 1992, after commanding the U-2 detachment at Howard AB, Panama.

Following military retirement, for several years he owned and operated an art gallery in Yuba City CA, and then was employed by Northrop Grumman for work on B-2. In 1995, he began work with Lockheed Martin’s “Skunk Works”, primarily on U-2 program, where he was part of 3-man team that designed, integrated and then tested the “glass cockpit” for the U-2 and was the “chair” of the U-2 Cockpit Working Group.

In 2003, he transitioned to Lockheed Martin Fort Worth on the F-35 Lightning II program. He is currently a member of Lockheed Martin’s Simulator and System Integration Laboratory Pilot-Vehicle-Interface Team, which has responsibility for the design of the F-35 cockpit. Since the design is nearly solid, his current primary position is Test Director and F-35 Instructor Pilot in the Partner Manned Tactical Simulation, teaching the F-35 Block 3 capabilities to US, Partner nation, and Foreign Military Sales pilots.

This presentation was made possible by the Lockheed Martin Corporation

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Left - Lockheed Martin instructor pilot Stormy Boudreaux highlights capabilities of the F-35 Lightning II integrated multifunction display to Gen. Bruce Carlson, Air Force Materiel Command commander. The stealthy Joint Strike Fighter was designed to provide its pilot with unsurpassed situational awareness, positive target identification and all-weather precision strike capability. Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson oversees U.S. Air Force acquisition and program management support for the F-35, which is projected to reach initial operational capability for the U.S. Air Force in 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Al Bright)

Right - Stormy Boudreaux signs autogrpahs for Purdue students