During World War II, in more than 1,000 hours of engineering and experimental flight testing, Boeing test pilot Bob Robbins made major contributions to the combat effectiveness of B-17s and B-29s. After WWII his contributions continued, first as test pilot for the initial flight testing of the then-radical experimental XB-47 and later as B-47, B-52 and KC-135 project engineer or program manager for those vitally important programs at Boeing's Wichita plant. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Bob about flying Boeing B-314 Clippers over the Atlantic for Pan Am, his 37 years at Boeing testing and managing programs on B-17s, the XPBB-1, the #1 XB-29, XB and B-47s, B-52s and KC-135s, and the day he outran [then Major] Chuck Yeager.
By Joe Godfrey
, Thanks to Randy Sohn for suggesting Mr. Robbins. | November 29, 2000