Frank Edwin Roe
1 February 1925 – 31 March 2014

Frank joined the English Electric Company in Preston in 1946 and became the head of its wind tunnel department in 1950 where he oversaw the rapid expansion of its capabilities, many of which remain today.

Having worked on the aerodynamic design studies of the P1 (Lightning) aircraft and the development of the wind tunnel, Frank rose up the ranks of the company.  He was appointed Managing Director of British Aerospace Warton division in 1981 and held the role as Managing Director of BAe Military Aircraft Division from 1986 until his retirement the following year.

Today’s Managing Director Chris Boardman said: “Frank was one of the many engineering pioneers which have made this company what it is today.  To have worked on projects such as Lightning, the development of the wind tunnel facility which continues to serve us today and helped guide the company through decades of development work, Frank is truly one of our greats.  I had the pleasure of meeting him on a number of occasions and always found him enlightening and engaging company.  “I am sure I speak for everyone when I say our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

In 1957 Frank became Chief Development Engineer for the EE Aircraft Group, rising to Director of Resources, BAC Preston Division in 1968 and Resources Director, BAe Aircraft Group in 1978, before taking on his managing director roles.  He was also a founding member and lifetime member of the Preston branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

from:  RAeS Preston Branch Newsletter, May 2014 via Alan Matthews