Washington, DC—General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) President and CEO Pete Bunce today released the following statement on the death of aviation pioneer Dick Taylor:
“Dick Taylor was an incredible aviator whose contributions to both the civil and military aviation industry have led to safety improvements that continue today. His flying career began during World War II, when he served as a U.S. Army artillery spotter pilot in Europe. Aviators participating this past May in the Washington, DC Arsenal of Democracy Flyover were enthralled by his wartime recollections at their post-flyover debrief.
“In 1946, Dick joined Boeing as a design engineer, beginning an impressive career that spanned decades in which he held numerous leadership positions. Dick’s work included serving as the test pilot on the B-47 Stratojet and the KB-29.
“Among his most important accomplishments in civil aviation were leading Boeing’s efforts to place a two-person flight crew in the 737, 757, and 767, which led to adoption in the 747 as well. In addition, Dick was well-known as the Father of Extended Operations (ETOPS), demonstrating the reliability of long-range intercontinental use of twin-engine airplanes that has led to significant safety improvements throughout the industry.
“Dick’s remarkable career resulted in many accolades, including the FAA Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor given to non-FAA employees. He also was the recipient of the Elder Statesman of Aviation Award from the National Aeronautics Association and the Philip J. Klass Lifetime Achievement Laureate Award from Aviation Week.
“Even with all of these achievements, Dick’s proudest role was as a father and grandfather, where his passion for all things aviation has been passed on. On behalf of GAMA, I want to express our heartfelt condolences to the entire Taylor family, including Dick’s son, Steve, who served as GAMA’s Chairman in 2014. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all at this difficult time.”