Thomas Patrick Cavanaugh

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Thomas Patrick Cavanaugh
OccupationAerospace engineer
Criminal statusParoled in 2001
Criminal chargeEspionage
PenaltyLife imprisonment

Thomas Patrick Cavanaugh is an aerospace engineer who was sentenced in 1985 after being convicted of trying to sell stealth bomber secrets to the Soviet Union.


He was born in 1945.

Cavanaugh was arrested at a hotel in Commerce, California, in December 1984, by FBI agents posing as Soviet spies. Cavanaugh, who worked at Northrop, was debt-ridden, undergoing a divorce, and was "willing to take $25,000 American dollars in cash for technology that cost the United States billions to develop".[1] $25,000 in 1984 is equivalent to $60,000 in 2018.

He was released from prison on March 1, 2001.[2]


  1. ^ Long, Tony (2012-05-23). "May 23, 1985: Selling Stealth Secrets to the Reds Comes at a High Price". Wired. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  2. ^ "Thomas Patrick Cavanaugh". Locate a Federal Inmate. Federal Bureau of Prisons.