Robert P. Johannes

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Robert P. Johannes (born May 1934 in Moline, Illinois) is an aeronautical engineer noted primarily as one of the developers of the control configured vehicle (CCV) concept.[1] He won the Wright Brothers Medal in 1972 with Dwight Henry Bennett for the paper Combat Capabilities and Versatility Through CCV discussing its applications.[2]


Johannes received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1961.[3] He then joined the Flight Dynamics Lab at Wright-Patterson AFB, where he worked on various defense-related and basic-science research projects, including self-adaptive control via the X-15 demonstrator in the early 1960s. He managed the LAMS program in the late 1960s and developed the concept of CCV in 1970–1974.[1][3] Johannes is also an avid amateur pilot, having earned the Soaring Society of America Silver Badge in 1975.



  1. ^ a b Holloway, R.B., Burris, P.M. and Johannes, R.P. (1970) Aircraft Performance Benefits from Modern Control Systems Technology, Journal of Aircraft 7(6), 550–553.
  2. ^ Bennett, D.H. and Johannes, R.P. (1972) Combat Capabilities and Versatility Through CCV, Society of Automotive Engineers paper number 720854.
  3. ^ a b c Gregory, J. (1980) Who's Who in Engineering, 4th ed., American Association of Engineering Societies.