The B-2 Spirit Bomber – Robert A. Johnson, US Navy (Ret)


Commander Robert A. Johnson, US Navy (Ret)

Bob graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Civil Engineering with a BS in Naval Science and a commission in the US Navy in 1957.

He received his wings in 1958. Ensign Johnson made two Cold War cruises to the Western Pacific flying the A-3D Sky Warrior nuclear bomber.

LCDR Johnson received an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the US Naval Post Graduate School in 1965. He made two combat cruises to North

Viet Nam flying the RA-5C Vigilante reconnaissance aircraft flying 109 combat missions.

After attending the US Naval Test Pilot School Class 53 in 1969 he was assigned to the Carrier Suitability Branch as a test pilot and later Branch Head.

Next he became the Commanding Officer of RVAH-7, an RA-5C Squadron, and made a cruise to the Indian Ocean.

In 1974 CDR Johnson became the 18th Director of the US Naval Test Pilot School. During his career he flew 46 different types of aircraft and tested

seven on aircraft carriers. Bob retired in 1977. Bob followed his Navy career with a career in Aerospace serving as Customer Requirements Manager

for the Northrop B-2 Spirit Bomber program and is now a General Contractor in Palos Verdes Estates, California.


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