John Langford (engineer)

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Dr. John S. Langford is the President and C.E.O. of Aurora Flight Sciences.[1] Langford founded Aurora Flight Sciences in 1989 in order to design and manufacture high altitude UAVs that could be used for global climate change research.[2][3] In 2004, Langford received Virginia’s Outstanding Industrialist award for his contribution to business development in Virginia.[4]

Education and career[edit]

Langford received his Ph.D. from MIT in the field of aeronautics and public policy. He also received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in aeronautics and astronautics and a Master of Science in defense policy and arms control from MIT.

While he was a student at MIT, Langford managed the MIT Daedalus human powered aircraft project.


  1. ^ Jennifer Buske (May 4, 2008). "Firm Hopes Its Aircraft Design Will Launch a New Era". The Washington Post. 
  2. ^ Peter A. McKay (June 10, 1998). "Manassas Firm Strives to Soar in Its Niche; Specializing in Planes for Research Helps Aurora Flight Sciences Take Off". The Washington Post. 
  3. ^ Robbie Ward (July 7, 2006). "Aurora breaks ground on $3M plant". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. 
  4. ^ Kris Miller (March 2, 2004). "Aurora President John Langford Selected as Virginia's Outstanding Industrialist for 2004". Aurora Flight Sciences. Archived from the original on December 9, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2012.