(1903-1990) earned a B.S. from the University of California in
1928 and an M.S. from the University of Michigan in 1937. In
1942, Kotcher joined the Air Force as a military officer and became
a senior aeronautic engineer at Air Materiel Command. Four years
later, he became the first director of the U.S. Air Force Institute
of Technology. He remained there until 1951 and was instrumental
in getting the X-1 program off the ground. In 1952, he became
the director of labs at Wright Field (Wright-Patterson) Air Force
Base and in 1960, retired from military life and took a management
position with the Aerospace Corporation. See "Ezra Kotcher,"
biographical file, NASA Historical Reference Collection.
Updated September 18, 1997