Marta Bohn-Meyer


Marta Bohn-Meyer (18 August 1957 – 18 September 2005) was an American pilot and engineer.

Marta Bohn-Meyer
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Born(1957-08-18)18 August 1957
Died18 September 2005(2005-09-18) (aged 48)
Scientific career
InstitutionsDryden Flight Research Center

Marta Bohn-Meyer was born in Amityville, New York.[1] Marta Bohn-Meyer served as chief engineer of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Bohn-Meyer was involved in a variety of research projects at NASA — she was the first female crewmember assigned to the Lockheed SR-71, serving as navigator during studies of aerodynamics and propulsion that used the SR-71 as a testbed. She was also project manager in a study of advanced laminar flow wing design using the General Dynamics F-16XL aircraft.[2]

Bohn-Meyer was an accomplished Unlimited aerobatic pilot, and was twice a member of the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team. She also served as Team Manager in 2005.[3] Bohn-Meyer died while practicing for the 2005 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships when the Giles 300 aerobatic aircraft she was piloting crashed in Yukon, Oklahoma, near the Clarence E. Page Municipal Airport. The cause of the crash was deemed to be from catastrophic failure of the front hinge of the canopy - which apparently incapacitated her and led to the crash.[4]

Her husband was Robert R. Meyer, Jr., a project manager and flight test engineer at Dryden.[4][5]

Bohn-Meyer was a 1979 graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. At that time she met her husband, Bob Meyer, during an internship at NASA. In addition to excelling in her aerospace career, Bohn-Meyer served as a role model to young girls interested in technical career fields. She could often be found in classrooms encouraging young women to explore career fields that have so long been dominated by men.[6]


  1. ^ "Marta Bohn-Meyer, 48; Pilot, Flight Engineer". Los Angeles Times. 2005-09-20. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  2. ^ NASA. "Women of NASA". Archived from the original on September 30, 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  3. ^ NTSB. "NTSB report". Archived from the original on 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  4. ^ a b Sylvia E. Pierson, Dryden X-Press, V.43, Iss.1 (2001-01-31). "The sky is not the limit". DFRC. Archived from the original on January 13, 2005. Retrieved 2009-02-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "Robert R. Meyer, Jr". Dryden Flight Research Center-Biographies. NASA. 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2010-03-26.
  6. ^ "NASA - A tribute to Bohn-Meyer, 1957-2005". Retrieved 2020-03-06.

External linksEdit

  • Biography from NASA
  • Official NASA press release