Cessna 172 Captain Ed Lovick
Author Edward Lovick, Jr.
Physicist Edward Lovick, Jr. was born in California, Missouri, a small town of five thousands of people. He spent most of his growing years in another similar small town, Falls City, Nebraska.
He attended the University of Nebraska before beginning working for the Lockheed Aircraft Company in Burbank, California, the start of a career of five decades as an engineer/physicist.
After United States Navy service during World War Two at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, Inyokern, California (now The Naval Weapons Test Center, China Lake) instrumenting aircraft for rocket firing tests and interpreting test data, and instructing electronic and electromagnetic theory and practice in radio, sonar, and radar in the Navy Electronic Technicians school in Chicago, Illinois he studied at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
Before returning to Lockheed in Burbank he worked for the Northrop Aircraft, Inc. corporation in Hawthorne, California on Project 25, a star tracker device for use in navigating military aircraft and for the Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica, California designing control circuitry and serving as final check-out supervisor for the Nike missile project. He supervised several test firings at the White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico.
At Lockheed he became an avionics engineer in an experimental design group who designed, built, and used special electronic test equipment for testing aircrafts. While in that group he became the first Lockheed aircraft antenna designer.
Because of his electromagnetic knowledge and experience, especially radar theory and operation, C.L. “Kelly” Johnson, head of Lockheed’s Advanced Development Projects (the famous “SKUNK WORKS”), invited Ed to join him to develop facilities and technology to reduce aircraft radar reflections.
Kelly Johnson credited Ed Lovick as saving the A12 program, the prototype for the SR-71, in his personal notes. The CIA declassified fifty year-old documents about the A12 in 2008. Only Ed is mentioned by name.
Lovick served more than three decades in the Skunk Works while working on the U-2, A-12, YF-12, SR-71, D-21, XST, Have Blue, and the F-117 stealthy aircraft. In 1981, he received Lockheed’s prestigious Robert E. Gross ‘Engineer/Scientists of the Year’ Award “For his extensive contributions to the new technology incorporated in advanced avionic and microwave systems”.
He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, an Electrical Engineering Honor Society, The Old Crows, an association of electronic counter measures engineers, The Pioneers of Stealth, The Experimental Aircraft Association, The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, The American Legion, and retired from The Institute of Radio Engineers and The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is a licensed aircraft pilot and an amateur musician.
Lovick holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Physics from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Ed's new book "Radar Man: a Personal History of Stealth", tells the story of his experiences from the perspective of an enthusiastic scientist in an innovative, secret world, enjoying the process of creating. "Science is fun, and my book contains my story. I want to encourage others to pursue science and engineering so that they also can experience the fun and adventures like I did."
Author, "Radar Man"