Ken Blackburn  

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I'm Ken Blackburn.  I hold the current Guinness record for time aloft for paper airplanes.  This web page is to share a little background and personal information not directly paper airplane related.  I currently live with my wife in Navarre, Florida and work for the Jacobs Company working as an aeronautical engineer doing research with the Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base.  I am married with no children, but do have two dogs, two horses, and a Canary..

I was born in Oxnard California on March 24, 1963.  My family moved around the country for a few years as my dad's work for Western Electric moved.  When I was about 4 years old we settled in Kernersville, North Carolina on a 56 acre farm with horses, cows, chickens, ... I attended North Carolina State University from 1981 to 1985 when I graduated second in my class with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. I accepted a job with McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Missouri working in fighter aircraft fuel system research.  Two years later I switched to the aerodynamics department, where I have since worked on the YF-23, F/A-18, AV-8B, T-45, and research in the Phantom Works. The company merged with Boeing in 1997, so along the way I became a Boeing employee.  In 2004 I left my job at Boeing to work for Jacobs Engineering (Sverdrup division) at Eglin Air Force Base performing research on small unmanned air vehicles.

Other Hobbies: 

  • Flying aircraft, I have owned several airplanes, including homebuilt and ultralight aircraft
  • Work at Jacobs-Sverdrup   
  • I also enjoy tennis, volleyball, cycle, snow ski, wind surf, surf, fly model aircraft, ride horses, kayak, hike, and like to travel
  • Spending time with my wife - some of the best things in life are the simplest