Larry Reithmaier is a retired aerospace engineer who, while at McDonnell Douglas and Rockwell International, helped design and develop the F2H, F3, F86H, F100, F101, and F4 jet fighters, the B-1B bomber, and the Apollo and Skylab spacecrafts. The author of several technical books on aviation, he has also written the Aviation and Space Dictionary, Mach I and Beyond, the Private Pilot's Guide, and the Aircraft Repair Manual.
Dr. Ronald Sterkenburg started teaching at Purdue University in 1999 after a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy. He is an author or co-author of 10 books and more than 60 publications in national and international journals and conference proceedings. The focus of Dr. Sterkenburg’s research is the repair of metallic and composite aircraft structures. He is a certificated A & P mechanic, holds an Inspection Authorization (IA), and performs the duties of a Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME).