Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Norman A. Bortz; Aerospace Engineer

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Norman A. Bortz; Aerospace Engineer

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Norman A. Bortz, van aerospace engineer who worked at the Army Aviation Systems Command on Goodfellow Boulevard, died of cancer Thursday (July 29, 1993). He was 72.

Mr. Bortz began a lifelong love for airplanes in 1932 when an old World War I biplane ran out of gas and landed on a field at his father's farm in Lena, Wis. "From that point on, he was hooked on anything that flew," said his son Buddy Bortz.

After graduating from high school, Mr. Bortz joined the Army Air Corps in 1940. He served in ground crews of B-17 bombers. He sailed to the Phillippines out of Pearl Harbor just two weeks before it was bombed.

After the Philippines fell, his unit headed for Java. Later, his plane was the last to leave that island as resistance fighters blew up the runway.

In 1950, he graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in aerospace engineering.

In 1957, he moved to Spanish Lake. He worked as an aerospace engineer for Emerson Electric Co. and helped design the cockpit for the F-4 Phantom fighter. …

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