Volume: 04, Issue: 02 09/21/2005 
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Crash Claims Life of Dryden Chief Engineer Marta Bohn-Meyer

NASA is mourning the loss of Marta Bohn-Meyer, chief engineer at NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center. Bohn-Meyer, 48, died Sept. 18, 2005 when the Giles G-300 she was flying crashed during an aerobatic practice routine. The crash occurred near the C.E. Page Airport in Yukon, Okla., a suburb of Oklahoma City. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

"Marta Bohn-Meyer was an extraordinarily talented individual and a most trusted technical expert and manager at NASA Dryden," said center director Kevin Petersen. "She committed her life and career to aviation and the advancement of aeronautics and space in the United States. We at Dryden will miss her tremendously. All the hearts and prayers of NASA Dryden go out to her husband Bob and Marta's family."

Bohn-Meyer earned a bachelorís degree in aeronautical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. From 1976 to 1979 she was a student in a cooperative education program at NASA's Langley Research Center. There she participated in rotorcraft research, as well as wind tunnel and flight safety projects associated with small civil aircraft.

Since 1979, Bohn-Meyer had been an aeronautical research and operations engineer at Dryden. She was appointed chief engineer at Dryden in October 2001 after serving in a series of increasingly responsible positions. Throughout her career, Bohn-Meyer worked on a variety of research projects, specializing in flight test operations, developing test techniques, and conducting laminar flow research.

Bohn-Meyer was one of two flight engineers assigned to fly in the SR-71 high-speed flight research program at Dryden. She was the first female crewmember from NASA or the Air Force -- and the second woman -- to fly in one of the triple-sonic SR-71s. NASA used the SR-71s to obtain high speed, high altitude data that can be applied to improve the designs of future civil and military aircraft.

Among other honors, in 1996 Bohn-Meyer received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal "for exceptional service in flight operations and project management in support of several national flight research programs." She was also awarded the Aerospace Educator Award in 1998 from Women in Aerospace and in 1992 received the Arthur C. Fleming Award in the Scientific Category.

A frequent participant in education programs, particularly for girls, she was a role model for young women interested in entering into technical fields. Bohn-Meyer was an FAA-certified flight instructor and listed competitive aerobatic flying, aircraft building, and classic car restoration among her hobbies.

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