Norman R. Mowbray, Jr.

United States of America



Mr. Mowbray graduated from Cambridge High School in 1958 and served in the United States Air Force from 1958 to 1961. After serving in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot in the Air Force, Norman R. Mowbray, Jr. joined the Maryland State Police (MSP) rescue helicopter unit where he won numerous citations.

After retirement from the MSP, he owned and operated a flight school at Hyde Field in Clinton, MD, and a helicopter aerial advertising business.

Upon retirement in 1989, he became a leading proponent of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor in presentations before government agencies and Congressional members and staff. He organized and led countless one-day seminars on the tiltrotor’s dual use (civil and military) capabilities throughout the United States.

He worked closely with John Zugswchert (then Executive Director of AHS), throughout the 1990s at the American Helicopter Society headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, and later at the Textron Washington offices. Mr. Mowbray was a frequent attendee of AHS functions, including the Annual Forum and specialists’ meetings.

Mr. Mowbray passed away on October 12, 2010 in Bryantown, Maryland.

Source: Vertiflite Winter, 2010