Aerospace engineer George Chakoian flew 46 combat missions in the Pacific as a radio operator/gunner on a B-24. After graduating from RI School of Design in 1948, he began a technical career that spanned six decades. His specialty was airdrop systems, and he was Project Engineer for a number of projects relating to the airborne delivery of equipment to a war zone. In his engineering career he received patents for an air brake for missiles as well as an air drag apparatus. Listed in Who’s Who in American Aviation, Chakoian lives in Lincoln.
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