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Don Beckerleg

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Don Beckerleg
Born(1933-06-16)June 16, 1933
Miles City, Montana, U.S.
💀DiedApril 28, 2015(2015-04-28) (aged 81)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.April 28, 2015(2015-04-28) (aged 81)
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
Engineer
👩 Spouse(s)
  • Neola Moore (1955-1985)
  • Janice Ambrose (1985-2015)
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Don R. Beckerleg (June 16, 1933 – April 28, 2015)[citation needed] was an American flight engineer for Lockheed Martin. He worked on the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird's synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system, invented by Carl Wiley.[2]

Early Years[edit]

Beckerleg was born in Miles City, Montana on 16 June 1933. His father Maurice Beckerleg died in January 1941 and in March of that year the family moved to Wolf Point, Montana. In 1947 he moved with his mother Mary Jacobs, grandmother Ida Jacobs, and 3 younger siblings, to Phoenix, Arizona, where he attended Whittier grade school and North High School.

In 1948, Beckerleg put a radio on a bicycle, and was perhaps the first to do so given the era. The Arizona Republic published a photo and short article about him and his contraption in the newspaper.

Beckerleg spent most of his 56 years at Lockheed Martin working on radar. He retired in 2008, but continued on as a contractor thereafter.

Awards[edit]

In 2002 Beckerleg received one of the eight annual Lockheed Martin "One in a Thousand" awards for his 50 years of employment.[3] In 2009 the company named a building after him.[4]

At Lake Pleasant Regional Park, October 2004

References[edit]

  1. "'Iconic' Lockheed Martin employee honored". westvalleyview.com. Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  2. "USAF SR-71 SPY PLANE BLACK BLACKBIRD SIGNED PHOTO PRINT". Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  3. "Lockheed Martin Management & Data Systems to Honor One-In-A-Thousand Employees". prnewswire.com. Retrieved June 20, 2002.
  4. "Engineer's name put on Lockheed Martin building in Goodyear". azcentral.com. Retrieved June 22, 2009.

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