Bobby R. Noack



Preferred Name: 
Bob

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Date of Birth: April 9, 1935

Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, O6

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Biography

On my first solo flight, I tried to reach 50,000 feet altitude. My airspeed was dropping off due to the high angle of attack so I pushed the throttle up to full afterburner. I then experienced a huge explosion which blew both of my feet off the rudder pedals. It scared me to death, our instructors had never mentioned a compressor stall. I let go of the controls and the aircraft recovered after losing 15000 feet. When I got back to the briefing room my instructor asked me how my solo flight went I related the problem. He laughed his ass off and then explained what a compressor stall was.
After retiring from the USAF in 1987, I was hired by General Dynamics as a Product Support Regional Manager (F-16) in the Pacific Region (based in Hawaii). I was there until 1991. I then relocated to Singapore as a Corporate Marketing Director of F-16 sales in Southeast Asia. From 1993 – 1996 I was Vice President of Lockheed Martin Corporation in Singapore. From 1996-2006 I was Vice President of Space Imaging at a Lockheed Martin subsidiary company based in Singapore and Bangkok Thailand. From 2006 to the present, I’ve been working as a Consultant and Executive Vice President for Five Continents International.

Units Assigned

  • Initial flight training, USAF ROTC, Texas A&M
  • USAF pilot training at Malden, MO (T-34 &T-28)
  • 1959 Basic training, received my Air Force Wings (22/07/1959), Webb AFB, TX (T-33)
  • F-100 Combat Crew Training Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • Advanced F-100 training Nellis AFB, NV (F-100)
  • 7/1960 George AFB, CA (F-104)
  • 1963-1965 Royal Canadian Air Force, Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada (CF-104G IP)
  • 1965-1967 F-104G Test Pilot and IP for German AF pilot training program, Luke AFB, AZ (F-104G)
  • 1967-1968 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, Wing Tactics Section, Da Nang AB, Vietnam
  • 1968-1970 Luke AFB, AZ (F-104 IP)
  • Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA
  • 1970-1974 US European Command Headquarters (USEUCOM), Chief of Berlin Ops, Berlin, Germany
  • 1974 432 Tactical Fighter Squadron, Chief of Stan Eval, Udorn AB, Thailand
  • 1975 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Commander, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
  • 1978 Air War College
  • 35th Tactical Fighter Wing/37th Tactical Fighter Wing, Deputy Commander for Maintenance, George AFB CA
  • 1981-1986 12th Air Force, Headquarters, Director of Logistics Plans, Inspector General
  • 1986 Retired USAF

Awards & Decorations

Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Medal (with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal

Flight Info

T-33
T-34
T-28
F-100 (160 hrs)
F-104 G(2034 hrs)
CF-104G
F-4 (889 hrs)
Total Flight Hours: 4265

Military Education

  • Squadron Officers School
  • Armed Forces Staff College
  • Air War College

Civilian Education

  • BS Texas A&M University
  • MPA Auburn University
Biography

Biography

On my first solo flight, I tried to reach 50,000 feet altitude. My airspeed was dropping off due to the high angle of attack so I pushed the throttle up to full afterburner. I then experienced a huge explosion which blew both of my feet off the rudder pedals. It scared me to death, our instructors had never mentioned a compressor stall. I let go of the controls and the aircraft recovered after losing 15000 feet. When I got back to the briefing room my instructor asked me how my solo flight went I related the problem. He laughed his ass off and then explained what a compressor stall was.
After retiring from the USAF in 1987, I was hired by General Dynamics as a Product Support Regional Manager (F-16) in the Pacific Region (based in Hawaii). I was there until 1991. I then relocated to Singapore as a Corporate Marketing Director of F-16 sales in Southeast Asia. From 1993 – 1996 I was Vice President of Lockheed Martin Corporation in Singapore. From 1996-2006 I was Vice President of Space Imaging at a Lockheed Martin subsidiary company based in Singapore and Bangkok Thailand. From 2006 to the present, I’ve been working as a Consultant and Executive Vice President for Five Continents International.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • Initial flight training, USAF ROTC, Texas A&M
  • USAF pilot training at Malden, MO (T-34 &T-28)
  • 1959 Basic training, received my Air Force Wings (22/07/1959), Webb AFB, TX (T-33)
  • F-100 Combat Crew Training Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • Advanced F-100 training Nellis AFB, NV (F-100)
  • 7/1960 George AFB, CA (F-104)
  • 1963-1965 Royal Canadian Air Force, Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada (CF-104G IP)
  • 1965-1967 F-104G Test Pilot and IP for German AF pilot training program, Luke AFB, AZ (F-104G)
  • 1967-1968 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, Wing Tactics Section, Da Nang AB, Vietnam
  • 1968-1970 Luke AFB, AZ (F-104 IP)
  • Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA
  • 1970-1974 US European Command Headquarters (USEUCOM), Chief of Berlin Ops, Berlin, Germany
  • 1974 432 Tactical Fighter Squadron, Chief of Stan Eval, Udorn AB, Thailand
  • 1975 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Commander, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
  • 1978 Air War College
  • 35th Tactical Fighter Wing/37th Tactical Fighter Wing, Deputy Commander for Maintenance, George AFB CA
  • 1981-1986 12th Air Force, Headquarters, Director of Logistics Plans, Inspector General
  • 1986 Retired USAF

Awards & Decorations

Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Medal (with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal

Flight Info

T-33
T-34
T-28
F-100 (160 hrs)
F-104 G(2034 hrs)
CF-104G
F-4 (889 hrs)
Total Flight Hours: 4265

Military Education

  • Squadron Officers School
  • Armed Forces Staff College
  • Air War College

Civilian Education

  • BS Texas A&M University
  • MPA Auburn University
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