Linden Blue

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Linden Blue
Born Linden Stanley Blue
1936 (age 80–81)
Meeker, Colorado, USA
Nationality American
Occupation Businessman
Known for Co-owner and vice-chairman of General Atomics
  • James Elliot Blue (died 1986) (father)
  • Virginia Neal Blue (died 1970) (mother)
Relatives Neal Blue (brother)

Linden Stanley Blue (born 1936) is an American aviation executive. He is the co-owner of General Atomics, where he serves as the Vice Chairman, and runs aircraft manufacturer Spectrum Aeronautical.

Early life[edit]

Blue was born in 1936 in Meeker, CO. Blue's father was James Elliot Blue. Blue's mother was Virginia Neal Blue, a partner in the Denver residential real estate firm of Blue and Blue. [1]


He earned his BA from Yale University in 1958 and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.[2]


He earned his private pilot's license on 17 December 1955. An engine failure while flying a single-engine Stinson Voyager over the jungles of Honduras in 1958 made Blue a believer in twin-engine aircraft.[3] Both the Spectrum S-40 Freedom and Spectrum S-33 Independence are designed to be twin-engine aircraft.[4]

In 1961, during a flight from Nicaragua, he was forced to land in Havana, Cuba and was jailed for 12 days, just prior to the Bay of Pigs invasion.[3]

He and his brother James Neal Blue acquired General Atomics in 1986 from Chevron for a reported $60 million. Linden P. Blue, the son of James Neal Blue, is President of the Reconnaissance System Group (RSG) of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI).[5]

Blue's contributions to the aeronautical, energy, and military sciences were recognized by the Industrial Research Institute in 2010 when he was presented the IRI Achievement Award.[6]


Blue has a brother Neal Blue. In 1970, his mother, Virginia Melba Neal Blue, died. In 1986, his father, James Elliot Blue, died. [7]

In November 2012 it was announced that he plans to marry Ronne Froman, a retired Navy admiral and former Chief Operating Officer for the city of San Diego.[8]


  1. ^ Graves, Brad. Behind the Controls. March 20, 2015. "". Retrieved Nov 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Linden S. Blue, Vice Chairman, General Atomics". Jobs for America's Graduates. 
  3. ^ a b Freeze, Di (October 2005). "Linden Blue: From Disease-Resistant Bananas to UAVs". Airport Journals. 
  4. ^ "Aircraft". Spectrum Aeronautical. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Potter, Matt (12 July 2001). "General Atomics: Color It Blue". San Diego Reader. 
  6. ^ "IRI Names New Chairman, Honors Aeronautical Innovator". R&D Magazine. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  7. ^ " Virginia Melba Neal Blue". Retrieved Nov 28, 2016. 
  8. ^ Bell, Diane (17 November 2012). "San Diegan to help direct world war on crime". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 27 November 2012.