Mason Hutchinson will speak at the “Plane Crazy” event on March 19 | Way of life

Mason Hutchinson, Chief Mechanical Engineer for Stratolaunch, will present a story of Stratolaunch at Plane Crazy on Saturday, March 19 at the Mojave Air & Space Port.

Plane Crazy Saturday is a monthly event sponsored by the Mojave Transportation Museum. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes free entry to the historic MASP exhibits.

Hutchinson, who is known to many Tehachapi residents through his membership in the Tehachapi Crosswinds Radio Control Club, began his engineering career with Ball Aerospace. There he worked on the Airborne Laser program, focusing on the material interaction of laser engagement.

A lifelong interest in experimental aviation design then brought him to Scaled Composites in Mojave where he gained experience designing, building and testing the SpaceShipTwo Feather Deployment System. Soon after, he completed the White Knight Two landing gear design and release system and watched them pass flight tests. From there he led the flight control design team on the Stratolaunch aircraft.

Currently, Hutchinson works for Stratolaunch as the lead release system engineer for the Talon Hypersonic Unmanned System.

“I came on board to design the mechanical flight control system and have been here since the first roll of carbon fiber cloth appeared to build the plane until today,” he said. he declares. “So I was present for all the flights and involved in the design and construction of the aircraft every month as it progressed.

“I’m passionate about the Stratolaunch aircraft,” he said. “As an engineer here, I enjoy working on all aspects of the program.”

Hutchinson’s talk will begin at 11 a.m. in the MASP boardroom. Places are limited and reservations are required. A donation is requested for the presentation.

Request reservations by calling 661-342-0604 or emailing: [email protected]

On the day of the event, the Voyager restaurant opens at 8:00 am. Parking is available in the transient aircraft parking area.

—Claudia Elliott