April Volunteer Profile – George Lodge – aeronautical engineer

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Volunteer George Lodge onboard USS Yorktown.

Volunteer George Lodge onboard USS Yorktown.

Our April volunteer profile features our only aeronautical engineer, George Lodge,who worked for the Glenn L. Martin aircraft company from 1939 to 1947. He grew up in Camden, New Jersey and attended John Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.  George worked on the Martin 167/187/B-26 Marauder, PBM Mariner patrol bomber, JRM-Mars, and the XB48 among others. After leaving Martin, he helped in the development of the Redstone rocket, which launched America’s first satellite and astronaut (Alan Shepard) into space. (SEE IMAGES BELOW)

George also served as an auxiliary policeman for Baltimore County, Maryland for 31 years.

A volunteer at Patriots Point since 1997, today George celebrates his 94th birthday, still serving his country as one of Yorktown’s dedicated volunteers.

Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft

Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft

A USCG PBM Mariner taking off from San Diego on ASW (antisubmarine) patrol in 1944.

A USCG PBM Mariner taking off from San Diego on ASW (antisubmarine) patrol in 1944.

Martin Mars aircraft on takeoff (note the Essex carrier in the background).

Martin Mars aircraft on takeoff (note the Essex carrier in the background).

Martin XB-48. Note the cooling air tunnels between to engine nacelles. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Martin XB-48. Note the cooling air tunnels between to engine nacelles. (U.S. Air Force photo)

This Redstone rocket on 05 May 1961 launched Alan Shepard in Freedom Seven, America's first astronaut into space.

This Redstone rocket on 05 May 1961 launched Alan Shepard in Freedom Seven, America's first astronaut into space.

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