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Richard Strong (04/11/1930 - 03/17/2013)


Richard Allen Strong, Major, USAF (Retired), 82, of Huber Heights, Ohio, died March 17, 2013. He was born April 11, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rosa Strong. He received his B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1964, and his M.S. from Central Michigan University in 1974.

He served as a USAF pilot during the Vietnam War, flying over Laos in a small O-1 Bird Dog observation plane, marking targets on the Ho Chi Minh trail and directing the fighter bombers when they made their attack runs. He was awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry, Distinguished Flying Crosses for Heroism and for Achievement in Flight, and the Air Medal with 13 Oak Clusters.

Rich was an early member in EAA, but never completed building or flying an aircraft, he had set his sights on the more difficult task of designing and building an aircar. He worked on the design over the years and built several mockups of the design. He brought the full scale mockup "The Magic Dragon" to Airventure several years ago.

He was a member of Mensa, the order of the Daedalians and various professional societies. Richard retired as a Major in the United States Air Force after 26 years of service to his country and 16 years as a civil service aerospace engineer. He authored several books and a website (www.strongware.com).