Richard P. Hallion

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Richard P. Hallion

Richard P. Hallion is Senior Adviser for Air and Space Issues, Directorate for Security, Counterintelligence and Special Programs Oversight, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for analysis and insight regarding the conceptualization, evolution and utilization of sensitive national technological programs and related subject areas.[1]

Hallion graduated from the University of Maryland in 1970. He has broad experience in science and technology museum development, research and management analysis, and has served as a consultant to various professional organizations. He has flown as a mission observer in a range of military and civilian fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. Hallion is the author and editor of numerous books relating to aerospace technology and military operations, as well as articles and essays for a variety of professional journals. He also teaches and lectures widely.[1]


Career Chronology[edit]

  1. November 1974 - May 1980, Curator of Science and Technology, and Curator of Space Science and Exploration, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  2. May 1980 - January 1982, adjunct professor, University of Maryland, College Park
  3. January 1982 - May 1986, Chief Historian, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
  4. May 1986 - August 1987, Director, Special Staff Office, Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
  5. August 1987 - October 1988, Harold Keith Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
  6. October 1988 - September 1990, Executive Historian, Directorate of Advanced Programs, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Md.
  7. September 1990 - May 1991, Charles A. Lindbergh Visiting Professor of Aerospace History, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  8. June 1991 - November 1991, senior issues and policy analyst, Secretary's Staff Group, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  9. November 1991 - November 2002, the Air Force Historian, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
  10. November 2002 - October 2003, Technical Adviser for Air Force Historic Events, Air Force Centennial of Flight Office, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  11. October 2003 – present, Senior Adviser for Air and Space Issues, Directorate for Security, Counterintelligence and Special Programs Oversight, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Awards and honors[edit]

Professional Memberships and Associations[edit]


As Author[edit]

  • Supersonic Flight: Breaking the Sound Barrier and Beyond. Macmillan. 1977.
  • Legacy of Flight: The Guggenheim Contribution to American Aviation. University of Washington Press. 1977. ISBN 0-295-95542-2.
  • Test Pilots: The Frontiersmen of Flight. Doubleday. 1981.
  • Designers and Test Pilots. Time-Life Books. 1982.
  • The Path to the Space Shuttle: The Evolution of Lifting Reentry Technology. U.S. Air Force. 1983.
  • The Literature of Aeronautics, Astronautics, and Air Power. U.S. Air Force. 1984.
  • Rise of the Fighter Aircraft, 1914-1918. Nautical and Aviation Publishing. 1984.
  • On the Frontier: Flight Research at Dryden. NASA. 1985.
  • The Evolution of Commonality in Fighter and Attack Aircraft Development and Usage. U.S. Air Force. 1985.
  • The Naval Air War in Korea. Nautical and Aviation Publishing. 1986.
  • Strike from the Sky: The History of Battlefield Air Attack, 1911-1945. mithsonian Institution Press. 1989.
  • Storm Over Iraq: Air Power and the Gulf War. Smithsonian Institution Press. 1992.
  • Taking Flight: Inventing the Aerial Age from Antiquity Through the First World War. Oxford University Press. 2003. ISBN 0-1951-6035-5.

As Editor[edit]

  • The Wright Brothers: Heirs of Prometheus. Smithsonian Institution Press. 1978.
  • Apollo: Ten Years Since Tranquility Base. Smithsonian Institution Press. 1979.
  • The Hypersonic Revolution: Eight Case Studies in the History of Hypersonic Technology, two volumes. U.S. Air Force. 1987–1988.
  • Air Power Confronts an Unstable World. Brassey's. 1997.
  • Silver Wings, Golden Valor: The USAF Remembers Korea. U.S. Air Force. 2006.


  1. ^ a b "Air Force Link - DR. RICHARD P. HALLION". 12 February 2004. Archived from the original on 12 February 2004.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Event Description - Air Force Association".

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "Air Force Link".