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Marta Bohn-Meyer (1957–2005)

American pilot and engineer.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1957
Marta Bohn-Meyer was born in Amityville, New York. Marta Bohn-Meyer served as chief engineer of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Bohn-Meyer was involved in a variety of research projects at NASA — she was the first female crewmember assigned to the Lockheed SR-71, serving as navigator during studies of aerodynamics and propulsion that used the SR-71 as a testbed. She was also project manager in a study of advanced laminar flow wing design using the General Dynamics F-16XL aircraft.

Bohn-Meyer was an accomplished Unlimited aerobatic pilot, and was twice a member of the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team. She also served as Team Manager in 2005. Bohn-Meyer died while practicing for the 2005 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships when the Giles 300 aerobatic aircraft she was piloting crashed in Yukon, Oklahoma, near the Clarence E. Page Municipal Airport. The cause of the crash was deemed to be from catastrophic failure of the front hinge of the canopy - which apparently incapacitated her and led to the crash.

Her husband was Robert R. Meyer, Jr., a project manager and flight test engineer at Dryden.

Bohn-Meyer was a 1979 graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. At that time she met her husband, Bob Meyer, during an internship at NASA. In addition to excelling in her aerospace career, Bohn-Meyer served as a role model to young girls interested in technical career fields. She could often be found in classrooms encouraging young women to explore career fields that have so long been dominated by men.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At a women's forum about "Past, Present and Future of Space," held in the Apollo/Saturn V Center, guests line the stage. From left, they are Marta Bohn-Meyer, the first woman to pilot an SR-71; astronauts Ellen Ochoa, Ken Cockrell, Joan Higginbotham, and Yvonne Cagle; former astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space; and Jennifer Harris, the Mars 2001 Operations System Development Manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The forum included a welcome by Center Director Roy Bridges and remarks by Donna Shalala, secretary of Department of Health and Human Services. The attendees are planning to view the launch of STS-93 at the Banana Creek viewing site. Much attention has been generated over the launch due to Commander Eileen M. Collins, the first woman to serve as commander of a Shuttle mission. The primary payload of the five-day mission is the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which will allow scientists from around the world to study some of the most distant, powerful and dynamic objects in the universe. Liftoff is scheduled for July 20 at 12:36 a.m. EDT KSC-99pp0903

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At a women's forum about "Past, Present ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At a women's forum about "Past, Present and Future of Space," held in the Apollo/Saturn V Center, guests line the stage. From left, they are Marta Bohn-Meyer, the first woman to pi... More

Travelmate Bear with SR-71 Researcher Marta Bohn-Meyer and Pilot Ed Schneider

Travelmate Bear with SR-71 Researcher Marta Bohn-Meyer and Pilot Ed Sc...

Travelmate Bear with SR-71 Researcher Marta Bohn-Meyer and Pilot Ed Schneider NASA Identifier: NIX-EC96-43473-1

Marta Bohn-Meyer preparing for F-16XL laminar-flow control experiment

Marta Bohn-Meyer preparing for F-16XL laminar-flow control experiment

A woman in full flight gear looks directly at the camera

SR-71 in flight with full afterburner

SR-71 in flight with full afterburner

NASA's SR-71 streaks into the twilight with full afterburner on the first night/science flight from the Dryden Flight Research Facility, Mar. 9, 1993. Onboard were research pilot Steve Ishmael and flight engine... More

Marta Bohn-Meyer

Marta Bohn-Meyer

Marta Bohn-Meyer Image [1] from NASA, and therefore in the public domain

SR-71 Pilots and Crew (Smith, Meyer, Bohn-Meyer, Ishmael)

SR-71 Pilots and Crew (Smith, Meyer, Bohn-Meyer, Ishmael)

The two pilot-engineer teams that flew the SR-71 aircraft at the NASA Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (later, Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, are, from left, pilot Rogers Smith, flight ... More

SR-71 Pilots and Crew (Smith, Meyer, Bohn-Meyer, Ishmael)

SR-71 Pilots and Crew (Smith, Meyer, Bohn-Meyer, Ishmael)

The two pilot-engineer teams that flew the SR-71 aircraft at the NASA Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (later, Dryden Flight Research Center), Edwards, California, are, from top of ladder, pilot Rogers Smit... More

EC96-43525-9

EC96-43525-9

A woman and three men pose on steps in front of a supersonic plane

SR-71 Research Engineer Marta Bohn-Meyer

SR-71 Research Engineer Marta Bohn-Meyer

This 1992 photo shows SR-71 flight engineer Marta Bohn-Meyer in front of one of NASA's SR-71 aircraft on the ramp at the Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (later, Dryden Flight Research Center), Edwards, Cal... More