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Alexander, Robert, 1927-

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Biographical Note: Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander was an engineer for Lockheed for more than three decades and worked on projects such as the Hubble Space Telescope. He was born on June 19, 1927 in Marcus, Washington and served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1948. His Navy assignments included serving with base security at Naval Air Station Los Alamitos (California), overhauling gun turrets on Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer aircraft at NAS Corpus Christi (Texas), and launching tow targets for aircraft gunnery practice at NAS Atlantic City (New Jersey).

After his honorable discharge in 1948, Alexander worked as a kitchen designer and attended the Drexel Institute of Technology, wanting to pursue a career in mechanical engineering. In 1952, he was hired by Piasecki Helicopter as a weights analyst. The following year, Alexander was hired by Lockheed, beginning a three-decade career with the company. His early projects included designing interior equipment for the Super Constellation. In 1958, he joined Lockheed’s Missiles and Space division as a design engineer, participating in the development of the Hubble Space Telescope, the Agena Transporter, and other spacecraft equipment. Alexander retired in 1987. As of 2017, he is a member of The Museum of Flight Docent Corps.

Biographical information derived from interview and additional information provided by interviewee.

Chronology: Robert Alexander

1927 June 19
Born in Marcus, Washington
1945 June 16
Enlisted in United States Navy
1945-1948
Navy service. Assignments included base security as Naval Air Station Los Alamitos (California), overhauling gun turrets on Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer aircraft at NAS Corpus Christi (Texas), and launching tow targets for aircraft gunnery practice at NAS Atlantic City (New Jersey).
1948 June 16
Honorably discharged from U.S. Navy.
1948-early 1950s
Worked as a kitchen designer for Desney Custom Kitchens (Atlantic City, New Jersey) and Oliver Kitchens (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Attended Drexel Institute of Technology.
1952
Worked for Piasecki Helicopter (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) as a draftsman and weights analyst.
1953-1957
Worked for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (California) as a draftsman and designer engineer. Projects included designing interior equipment for the Super Constellation.
1957-1958
Worked for Weber Aircraft Corporation (Burbank, California) as a design engineer. Projects included designing flight engineer seat for the Convair 880 and the passenger seat for the Lockheed Electra, Eastern Airlines.
1958-1987
Worked for the Lockheed Missiles & Space division (California) as a design engineer and manager. Projects included designing and overseeing the construction of spacecraft equipment such as the Hubble Space Telescope and Agena Transporter.
1987
Retired from Lockheed.

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Alexander, Robert, 2017 September 15

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Interview Summary Engineer Robert Alexander is interviewed about his career at Lockheed and his involvement with the Hubble Space Telescope. He discusses his three decades at Lockheed from the 1950s to the 1980s and shares details about his role as a design engineer for the Hubble and other spacecraft equipment. Topics discussed include his personal background, the development and legacy of the Hubble, and his work as a Museum of Flight docent.

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