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Senior Vice President, Programs, Engineering and Test
SAVANNAH, Ga., January 23, 2010 - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, announced today that Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, received the Aviation Industry Leader of the Year Award at the 2010 Living Legends of Aviation Awards presentation.
The event took place Friday, Jan. 22, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Henne was presented the award by 2008 honoree Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
This award recognizes dedication to the aviation industry and is presented each year by the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a Colorado-based nonprofit committed to fostering interest in aviation. The "Living Legends of Aviation" roster includes entrepreneurs, innovators, record breakers, astronauts and celebrities who have become pilots.
Henne joined Gulfstream in 1994 and is credited with the design, development, test and certification of the Gulfstream GV aircraft, which was awarded the 1997 Collier Trophy for aeronautical achievement. In his current position, he is responsible for Gulfstream product development, program management, engineering and flight operations. His organization was responsible for the development of the Gulfstream G550, which was recognized with the Collier Trophy in 2003, the Gulfstream G650, the new flagship aircraft, and the G250. Both the G650 and G250 business jets recently made their first flights.
Henne began his aerospace career in 1969 at McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach, Calif., where he managed several advanced programs in aerodynamics and acoustics for both military and commercial aircraft. Known for his work in advanced aerodynamic technology, he was responsible for the aerodynamic design of the wing on the C-17 - considered the most versatile aircraft in airlift history, and winner of the 1994 Collier Trophy. Henne later served as chief design engineer for the MD-80 aircraft. In 1991, he became vice president and general manager of the MD-90 program at McDonnell Douglas’ Long Beach Douglas Aircraft facility, where he oversaw the aircraft’s complete development and certification process.
Henne earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering with highest honors from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in engineering from California State University at Long Beach. He is a member of the Innovation Leadership Advisory Board (ILAB) at the University of Illinois College of Engineering and a member of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University College of Engineering Advisory Board.
Henne is a fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was a recipient of the AIAA Engineer of the Year Award in 1996 and the AIAA Hap Arnold Award in 2001 for excellence in aeronautical program management. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004 and is on the National Academy of Sciences’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. In 2005 the University of Illinois recognized Henne with its Alumni Award for Distinguished Service.
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Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced some 1,800 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150®; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200®; the new large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G250®; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G350®; the large-cabin, long-range G450®; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G500®; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550® and the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650®. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Financial Services Division and Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales®. The company employs approximately 9,000 people at seven major locations. We invite you to visit our Web site for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at www.gulfstream.com.
General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,300 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.gd.com.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world's most technologically-advanced business jet aircraft.