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    AIAA Mourns the Death of Thomas V. Jones
    AIAA Honorary Fellow and Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northrop Corp.

    January 10, 2014 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) mourns the death of Thomas V. Jones, an AIAA Honorary Fellow, and past chairman and chief executive officer of Northrop Corp., now Northrop Grumman. Jones passed away on January 7 at the age of 93.

    “We mourn the passing of Thomas V. Jones, under whose leadership of Northrop Corporation for more than three decades developed some of the groundbreaking military aircraft that won the Cold War and still keep America safe today” said AIAA president Mike Griffin. “His contributions to our nation, and to AIAA, will not be forgotten.”

    Jones joined Northrop in 1953, and became its chairman and chief executive officer in 1960, serving for over thirty years in those roles before retiring in 1990. His leadership was instrumental to Northrop’s growth as one of the world’s leading providers of military aircraft. Notable aircraft designed and produced by Northrop under Jones’ leadership included the F-5 “Freedom Fighter,” and F/A-18 “Super Hornet” jet fighters, B-2 “Stealth” bomber, and the “Global Hawk” unmanned aerial vehicle. Before his tenure at Northrop, Jones held positions with Douglas Aircraft Corp. during World War II, and later worked for the Brazilian government setting up that nation’s civil aviation system.

    Jones received the 1985 AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award as well as the National Aeronautics Association’s 1989 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, both awards were in recognition of his work at Northrop.


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