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Join the Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum and the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge in presenting Bret Medbury as July’s Luncheon Speaker. Mr. Medbury will be speaking for us on his 77th birthday. He was born in Hartford Connecticut. A graduate of Wentworth Institute in Boston, he to work for Pratt and Whitney in July of 1968. His job was in Experimental Engineering which meant he pushed jet engines, and parts of jet engines, forcing them to break then figured out how to prevent that failure the next time. His focus at the time was on the older turbojet engines vs the more modern turbofan versions, eventually leading him to the turbojet engine in the U-2 Dragon Lady, a very highflying spy plane. He accepted a position as a “Customer Liaison Engineer” (Tech Rep) based in Palmdale/Burbank Ca. replacing two retiring Reps with 85 years experience between them. Once based, he also accepted a secondary responsibility for the turbojet engines in the SR-71 Blackbird, a very fast and even higher flying spy plane. He remained in that position until the mid 90s when he moved to Whidbey to support the turbojet engines in the A6 Intruder and EA-6B Prowler. He retired in 2006.