Richard Hallion Aerospace Historian and Founding Museum Curator, National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian Institution (ret.)
AIAA Aviation Forum 2019
Richard P. Hallion is a Trustee of Florida Polytechnic University. He also serves as an advisor to the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies (RAF-CAPS) and as a consultant to various organizations, including the Mitchell Institute of the Air Force Association, and the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). Previously, Dr. Hallion was a founding museum curator at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution; served as a Historian with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Air Force; held the General Harold Keith Johnson Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army War College; ran the USAF History and Museums Program; and was a senior advisor on aerospace technology and policy for the Secretary of the Air Force. He has flying experience as a mission observer (not pilot) in a wide range of military and civil aircraft, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Royal Historical Society. Dr. Hallion received a Ph.D in history from the University of Maryland, and completed postgraduate executive study programs at the Federal Executive Institute and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has served on several study panels for the Air Force Studies Board and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine projects, including defense against future high-speed threats and meeting future Air Force Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce needs.