Gerald Blackburn

Jerry Blackburn is currently President of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation here in California developing historical preservation and outreach projects. He is on the advisory Board of Directors for the City of Downey Columbia Memorial Space Sciences Learning Center. Gerald was a Project Manager with the Boeing Space and Communications Corporation. He was responsible for directing the Advanced Standards and Practices efforts in the Systems Safety and Product Assurance Department at the Huntington Beach Facility. Mr. Blackburn has been in the Aerospace Industry for over 40 years and retired in 2003. His career has spanned the entire manned space program from the X-15 at North American Aviation to the Apollo, Saturn SII, Space Shuttle and International Space Station Programs. He is an educator as well as a business leader. His proactive leadership in business and education partnerships is widely known. Gerald has taught at the California State University in Los Angeles, University of Southern California and Cerritos College. He has developed curriculum and several workshops for the Rockwell (Boeing) Explore Engineering Programs and “TEAM-Science”. He has been an active member of several business and education advisory boards and serves on the California State Department of Education Advisory Committee for Career Technology Education. Mr. Blackburn has a MBA from Pepperdine University and is a native Californian.

Broadcast 750 (Special Edition)

Gerald Blackburn was the guest for this show regarding the work of Aerospace Legacy Foundation ( The discussion with Mr. Blackburn took us down historic roads as we learned about the historical preservation and out reach programs of the Foundation, especially with the old Downey Boeing site and the City of Downey, California Columbia Memorial Space Sciences Learning Center. In addition, listeners asked Jerry questions about his work experience which spanned X-15 to the ISS.

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