John S. Langford, III

Founder & CEO

John currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of John is an aerospace entrepreneur who founded Aurora Flight Sciences in 1989, Athena Technologies in 1998, and in 2020.  Aurora pioneered advanced robotic aircraft, Athena developed advanced flight control solutions, and Electra is developing sustainable aviation solutions for regional mobility.  Athena was sold to Rockwell Collins in 2008 and Aurora was sold to Boeing in 2017.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the immediate past-president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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