John C. Evans discusses the development of the P&W J-58 engine used in the A-12 and SR-71 Aircraft
John C. Evans, Biography
10/28/1935 I was born in Clawson, Oakland, Michigan a small suburb just six miles north of Detroit, Michigan.
1940 – 1953 I attended Kinder-Garden, Grade School, and High School in Clawson, Michigan.
1/1954 I moved to Royal Oak, Michigan just prior enlisting in the United States Air Force.
2/26/1954 I enlisted in the United States Air force in Detroit, was sent to Sampson AFB, NY for basic training, and then sent to Amarillo AFB Texas for Medium Bomber Training.
10/1954 After Tech School I had two weeks leave and then was sent to Pine Castle AFB, Florida arriving in November 1954, just south of Orlando FL, as my first duty station. Later my Squadron moved to our permanent duty station at Homestead, Florida just south of Miami. In 1956 and 1957 I was deployed TD (Temporary Duty) to French Morocco for a total of 5 months and 9 days.
10/29/1957 I separated from the United States Air Force with an “early out” for military downsizing.
10/1957 – 8/1958 Worked for Newsome and Holmes Tile Company located in Conway, FL as a Helper/Apprentice.
8/26/1958 – 11/15/1968 I was hired by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Research & Development located in the Florida Everglades just 16 miles NW of West Palm Beach, FL as a Jet Assembler. I would work on the JT11D-20 program for just over 10 years. I was later to learn that this engine was designated as the J-58 and would power the Lockheed Martin Blackbird family of aircraft.
12/2/1958 – 2/1/2001 I was hired by Airesearch Mfg. Co. of California as a Laboratory Technician. During my employment the company would go through several name changes and mergers. On April 1, 1984 I transferred to Garrett Phoenix, AZ and continued my employment for a total of just over 32 years. These name changes were, Allied Signal Cos., GTEC, GED, and Honeywell. I retired from Honeywell as an Engineering Specialist, Controls, on 2/1/2001. From joining the USAF until my retirement from Honeywell I have worked in Aviation for an uninterrupted career of 47 years.
1993 – Present I keep busy with volunteer work. Some of my volunteer work is, Maricopa County Sheriff’s volunteer Posse as a Firearms Instructor & Weapons Inspector (1993-2002), volunteer Joe Foss Institute (WWII Medial of Honor), and volunteer Veterans History Project. In addition I am a current member or both the Roadrunners Internationale <http://roadrunnersinternationale.com/> and the Blackbird Association <http://www.habu.org/>.
I also am the Curator of the “ATF3 Online Museum” at www.atf3.org.
I have recently been interviewed by both Steve Kates aka DrSky http://www.drsky.com/ & <http://www.teentalknetwork.com/sky.htm>, and his brother Joe Kates CEO of <photorecon.net>.
I currently live in Tempe, Maricopa, Arizona 10 miles SE of Phoenix AZ.
Member: Roadrunners Internationale <http://roadrunnersinternationale.com/>