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Gerald A. Blackburn


Gerald A. Blackburn was born on November 17, 1944 to John A. Blackburn and Regina F. Blackburn-Hanschmann. He was born at Queen of Angels hospital in Los Angeles California.Gerald also known as Jerry lived and was raised in Lynwood , California where he attended St. Emydius Elementary school. He also attended the Don Bosco Technical Institute in San Gabriel. He has been in the Aerospace Industry for over 40 years and retired in 2003. His career has spanned the entire manned space program from the X-15 at North American Aviation to the Apollo, Saturn SII, Space Shuttle and International Space Station Programs.

 Gerald was formerly an engineer and Project Manager with the Boeing Company, Integrated Defense & Space. He was responsible for directing the Advanced Standards and Practices efforts in the Systems Safety and Product Assurance Department at the Huntington Beach Facility.

 Gerald is the current President of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation, a California Public Benefit non profit corporation.

He is an educator as well as a business leader. His proactive leadership in business and education partnerships is widely known. Gerald has taught at the California State University in Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Cerritos Community College and developed several science workshops for the Rockwell (Boeing) T.E.A.M. Science Program. He has been an active member of several business and education advisory boards and is past president of the National Management Associations Southern California Area Council. He has served as an advisor to the California Department of Education on Career Technology Education Standards Committee. Gerald also participates on the boards of several non-profit foundations.


He has an MBA from Pepperdine University and is a native Californian. Gerald is married to Kathy his wife for 49 years and has three grown children and six grandchildren.


Gerald (Jerry) Blackburn is the current founder and CEO of Tinkers Corner LLC. Tinkers Corner is a STEM education company dedicated to teaching students and teachers about tools through hands-on projects.

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