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Paul L. Hooper, Jr. Papers

Identifier: MS-504

Scope and Content

The papers provide a glimpse into Paul Hooper's work on human powered aircraft at M.I.T. in the 1970s while a student in the Department of Astronautics and Aeronautics. Hooper is published in the Proceedings of the First International Symposium on the Science and Technology of Motorless Flight, which took place at M.I.T. in 1972. Also included is a 1989 report on a project which Hooper advised titled "Scorpion Export Fighter: Preliminary Design of a Low Cost Export Fighter". The rest of the files are lecture notes and readings instrumental to Hooper's work in the field of aerospace engineering with the U.S. Air Force.


  • Creation: 1956-1989
  • Creation: Majority of material found within ( 1970-1989)


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biography of Paul L. Hooper, Jr.

Paul Ledley Hooper Jr. was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1950 and later moved with his family to Massachusetts where he graduated valedictorian from Danver High School in 1968. He studied Course 16 Astronautics and Aeronautics at M.I.T., completing a Bachelor's degree in 1972 and a Master's Degree in 1974 before entering the U.S. Air Force. Hooper piloted the T-38, F-4, and F-111, and served in Texas, Germany, England, Colorado, and Ohio. At the Air Force Academy he was an instructor of aeronautical engineering. In addition to flying, he worked at the National Air Intelligence Center.

Hooper retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1996 after 23 years of service. He went on to be a pilot and eventually a flight instructor for ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., where he worked for 18 years. In 2013, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recognized Paul Ledley Hooper, Jr. with inclusion in the prestigious FAA Airmen Certification Database of certified pilots who have met or exceeded the high educational, licensing and medical standards established by the FAA. Married to Diane Hooper for 33 years, Paul Hooper passed away July 24, 2014 at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.


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Language of Materials



Lecture notes, and research document the work of Paul L. Hooper, Jr., an aerospace engineer who studied human powered flight, soaring and gliding, and designs for low cost export fighters while at M.I.T. and the United States Air Force.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to Wright State University, Special Collections & Archives, by Diane Hooper in June, 2015.

Separated Material

A significant library of aviation books and journals included in the collection are individually cataloged and available in the reading room. A keyword search on "Paul L. Hooper" in the Wright State University Libraries online catalog at will result in a list of books that came with the collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Toni Vanden Bos, November, 2015.

Guide to the Paul L. Hooper, Jr. Papers (MS-504)
Finding aid prepared by Toni Vanden Bos, 2015 Nov.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA