Gerald "Gerry" Blazer is a retired aeronautical engineer currently living in Springfield, Missouri. Born in Wisconsin on June 10, 1926, he sparked a life-long interest in old airplanes at age 10 by building a flying model of the Curtiss Robin. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and later served in the Army Air Force Training Command at Williams Field, Arizona. Upon leaving the service in August 1946, he decided to pursue aeronautical engineering, later receiving a bachelor of science degree in that field from Northrop University. He went to work at Northrop in February 1950. Later he moved to McDonnell in St. Louis, where he worked on the F-4 and F-15 programs; he finished his career at TRW in Redondo Beach, California. During his career he had the good fortune of working on the F-89, "Snark" missile, T-38, F-5, F-4, F-15, and the DSP program at TRW. The Northrop F-89 Scorpion was an early American jet-powered fighter designed from the outset as an all-weather interceptor, the first jet-powered aircraft designed as suchThough its straight wings limited its performance, it was among the first United States Air Force (USAF) jet fighters with guided missiles, and notably the first combat aircraft armed with air-to-air nuclear weapons (the unguided Genie rocket).
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