Presented by Lieutenant Colonel Russell Szczepanik.
In his presentation, Russ will discuss development of this unique aircraft; the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft throughout the last forty years. It was developed in only twenty months, is built largely of titanium, operates at up to M3.2+ and its role requires low radar cross-section.
Design challenges included high external skin temperatures and supersonic flow to engine inlet. Flight operational challenges included the crew life support system, fuel and navigation flight planning.
Russ spent 25 years in the US Defence Force. He was Commander and Director of Operations at a foreign SR-71 300+ detachment, with responsibility for airborne surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence missions. He also flew classified SR-71 missions at worldwide locations and was an instructor and flight examiner for SR-71, RF-4C, F4-D/E/F, T-38 and KC-135 aircraft.
He became the Director for World-wide SR-71 Operations, before finishing his Air Force career as Director for Advanced Aircraft Development at Strategic Air Command Headquarters.
From 1989 to 2009 Russ worked for Boeing in senior positions including AEW&C Product Line Manager, Director 737 AEW & C Australia Operations and 737 AEW &C Business Development Manager, He was also Flight Crew Instructor for the Boeing 767 and 757, and Defence Senior Analyst.
Prior to joining NOVA Systems this year, Russ was a Senior Consultant and Business Development Manager for the Aerospace division at QinetiQ Australia, a Senior Consultant at Project Outcomes Australia and a Senior Operations Manager at CEA Technologies. He was responsible for all of CEA’s operational departments.
Before the meeting please join colleagues for refreshments in the Officers Mess. Afterwards you are welcome to join the Committee and speaker for dinner. The presentation will be in the ADFA Military Theatre.
Northcott Dr, Campbell ACT 2612, Australia,