Joseph Martin Tschirgi was born in 1922 and graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1948 after serving as a Weather Officer with the Army Air Corps. He received a M.S. in Aerodynamics from the University of Michigan in 1950. Tschirgi’s first job was at Douglas Aircraft Company where he worked on the Sparrow Missile. After working for a year with Northrop on the SNARK missile, he returned to Douglas. At Douglas, he would eventually rise to the position of Chief Engineer of Aerospace Systems Department. In this capacity Tschirgi worked on such projects as Thor, Delta and Saturn space vehicles. His other interests include RPVs and model aircraft. The collection was donated by Joe Tschirgi’s daughter, Melissa in June of 2006.
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