APL Colloquium

July 24, 2020

Colloquium Topic: The Avro Arrow


Colloquium Speaker: Walter Gordon

Walter Gordon is defense market manager for the Advanced Programs directorate of the Moog Space and Defense Group, responsible for hypersonics and Minuteman III sustainment.  His true love is aerospace history, however, in which he engages by bingeing on topics such as Gemini, the Curtiss-Wright P-40 and C-46, Eastman Kodak film return spy satellites, Western New York contributions to Apollo, and most recently the Avro Arrow.  He currently serves as president of the Niagara Aerospace Museum, chairman of the Niagara Frontier Aviation and Space Hall of Fame, and chairman of the Niagara Frontier section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

While working as an engineer in Western New York since 1981, he had a concurrent thirty year career in the Air Force Reserve, retiring as the commander of the 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls, New York, in 2014.  He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and was the deployed commander of the 914th during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.  Walter has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University at Buffalo and an M.S. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Air Force Air War College.