Aerospace Legacy Foundation

Your portal to America's aerospace history

Aerospace Legacy Foundation (ALF) is a community based non-profit organization (501c3) including aerospace retirees and the public at large. Preserving Southern California's Aerospace and Aviation History including Downey's aerospace legacy.

  Astronaut John Young.

Astronaut John Young.

  John Young left with Bob Crippen, Columbia's first crew.

John Young left with Bob Crippen, Columbia's first crew.

  Astronaut John Young

Astronaut John Young

  John Young and Charlie Browns, cartoon and Command Service Module. Image credit NASA.

John Young and Charlie Browns, cartoon and Command Service Module. Image credit NASA.


 

Frank H. Beckman

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"Frank H. Beckman, Jr. son of Frank H. Beckman, Sr. and Laura Newhall Evans-Beckman.  Born and raised in a farm house in Seabrook, New Hampshire. As a kid he would spend hours making model airplanes from scratch in the front room of the family farm house.  His father would send him outside to play, saying to him go out and explore. This idea increased his imagination to explore new idea's like making a parachute from a sheet and jumping off of the barn. That idea didn't land well nor did he. Then when he got the idea to make a make shift sea diver's helmet. This idea also didn't go well and he nearly drowned. Frank was always a kid with a vision and spent nights looking up at the stars.  After Navy WWII this vision turned into a reality, which brought him into the Space Age..North American Aviation, which became his next vision to explore. Projects included the X-10, X-15, Navaho Project (black), Satellites, Saturn, Gemini, Atlas, Apollo, GPS, Space Shuttle, Space Station just to name a few. Yes, this vision became a reality for him with a few idea's that sometimes didn't land well.  Frank is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Marjorie Beckman, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends."

 


 

 

 

Charles B Livergood

  Charles B Livergood

Charles B Livergood

"My 71 Year Affair with Aviation - Charles B Livergood.  For the last 71 years I have owned 7 general aviation airplanes. I progressed from private pilot up the ladder to Airplane Transport Pilot (ATP). I also obtained an FAA mechanic certificate (A&E) and an FAA IA certificate. I worked for North American Aviation for 34 years and did some test flying in the Sabreliner Business Jet and became manager of technical publications for the B-1B Bomber with 160 people reporting to me. In February 2002, the FAA awarded me the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic award. Charles Taylor was the mechanic who designed and built the 12 HP engine that powered the Wright Brothers' plane. This award was presented to me for 50 years of dedicated service in aviation safety. Since my retirement in 1985, Stacy and I have flown our 1963 Beechcraft Debonair all over the western part of the United States and we have the fondest memories of all of our adventures." 

NAA retiree (1985), Chuck Livergood, passed away 29 August 2017 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He retired in 1985 as Manager of Technical Publications, B-1B Program".

Courtesy- Stacey Livergood