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Willard E. Salter

Title: Director
Company: Fairchild Space and Electronics
Location: Myersville, Maryland, United States

Willard Salter, Director at Fairchild Space and Electronics, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aircraft and aerospace manufacturing.

Mr. Salter earned a technical degree from Montgomery Junior College in 1961 and continued his education with a Bachelor of Science in human behavioral science from National Louis University in Chicago in 1963. He served his country with the United States Navy from 1956 to 1963, during which time he was in active duty aboard the USS Saratoga from 1956 to 1958.

Since 1963, Mr. Salter has excelled with Fairchild Aircraft, now known as Fairchild Space and Electronics, advancing from a technician to the senior director of tests and evaluations with the premier aircraft and aerospace manufacturing company. He has also worked as a service technician with the Dictaphone Corporation and an electronic test technician with Emerson Research Laboratory. Moreover, Mr. Salter is a member of the Institute of Environmental Sciences.

Among his major professional accomplishments, Mr. Salter has been incredibly proud of his work for Fairchild on the STS 41-C Solar Maximum Repair Mission, the fifth mission of the space shuttle Challenger in April 1984. During the mission, Challenger’s crew captured and repaired the malfunctioning Solar Maximum Mission (“Solar Max”) satellite and deployed the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) experimental apparatus. Soon thereafter, he received a certificate signed by the mission crew, Commander Robert Crippen, pilot Francis Scobee, and specialists Terry Hart, James van Hoften and George Nelson.

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