Collection: Vertical Flight, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Instruments & Avionics
Roger Connor received his BA from Virginia Tech and holds a MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University, a MA in American History from George Mason University, and is currently a PhD student in American History at George Mason University.
He curates the vertical flight collection (helicopters, gyroplanes, and vertical takeoff and landing aircraft), Army ground force aviation aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems, ground effect vehicles, along with aircraft instruments and avionics, bombsights and gun sights, air navigation, air traffic control, as well as infrastructure, airports, and ground support equipment. Roger curated the aviation and modern military components of the new permanent gallery, Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There, as well as the Vertical Flight exhibit station at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
Roger is an experienced fixed wing commercial pilot with over 4,000 hours of flight time, including over 3,000 hours in dual instruction given. He has held flight instructor certificates in the United States and United Kingdom and served as a designated private pilot examiner for the UK CAA. He also holds a seaplane rating and has nearly completed the requirements for a private pilot's helicopter rating.
He was awarded Associate Fellow status by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for his work in support of the American Helicopter Society's history endeavors. He co-authored In the Cockpit II: Inside History-Making Aircraft of World War II and is currently writing a book on Virginia Aviation. His doctoral research centers on the role of federal stewardship of technology in mid-20th century America as viewed through the case studies of rotorcraft development. Roger is also continuing to support research for the Time and Navigation exhibition website with studies of air navigation innovation and practice from World War I to the early Cold War.