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    Paul Shumpert Wins AIAA F. E. Newbold V/STOL Award
    Award to be Presented During AIAA-AHS-SAE-RAeS International Powered Lift Conference

    September 20, 2016 – Reston, Va. – Paul Shumpert, senior research and development engineer (retired), Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Projects, has won the 2016 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) F. E. Newbold V/STOL Award. Shumpert will receive the award on September 28 during the morning plenary session of the SAE 2016 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC), September 27–29, in Hartford, Connecticut. The triennial joint AIAA-AHS-SAE-RAeS International Powered Lift Conference ( IPLC) will be held in conjunction with the ASTC.

    The award honors Shumpert for “four decades of service that advanced the propulsion-enabling technologies for VTOL, STOL, and STOVL aircraft, with outstanding creative contributions to the advancement of propulsion lift system.”

    Shumpert’s work has contributed to many vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), short take-off and landing (STOL), and short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft, but he is best known as the co-inventor of the F-35B’s Integrated Lift-Fan Propulsion System, which allows the aircraft to take-off vertically or from shorter runways. Shumpert also made contributions to the XV-4A Hummingbird and the XV-4B Hummingbird. His work included the analyses of aerodynamic designs, development testing of components and systems – including vertical lift ejectors, reaction control valves, boundary layer controls, lift engine inlets, thrust vectoring nozzles, complex hot air distribution ducts, and powered wind tunnel models as well as flight test support. Additionally, Shumpert has headed numerous research projects in the field VTOL, STOL and STOVL flight systems, including studies for NASA on quiet VTOL systems. Other areas of Shumpert’s work have impacted the development of the nozzles that create the lift in VTOL systems, and the engine fan systems that create the lift in VTOL, STOL, and STOVL aircraft, as well as the systems’ airframes.

    Shumpert’s previous honors include a 1992 Kelly Johnson Inventor of the Year Award and a 1969 Lockheed Georgia Engineering Technical Excellence Award. In 2001, the F-35B’s Integrated Lift-Fan Propulsion System won the Collier Trophy presented by the National Aeronautic Association to recognize “the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.”

    The AIAA F. E. Newbold V/STOL Award recognizes outstanding creative contributions to the advancement and realization of powered lift flight in one or more of the following areas: initiation, definition and/or management of key V/STOL programs; development of enabling technologies including critical methodology; program engineering and design; and/or other relevant related activities or combinations thereof which have advanced the science of powered lift flight.

    For more information about the AIAA F. E. Newbold V/STOL Award, or the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at or 703.264.7538.


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